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Old 03-27-2014, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Right, so I'm feeling comfortable enough to go to a park for the first time--I've been using an ordinary, local hill so far--this Saturday. Before I head out, though, I was wondering if you guys could give a snowboarding noob some pointers for their first park experience.

I'm still working on stopping properly, which pretty much means coming to a complete stop without any part of my body touching the powder - my go-to move to stop is simply wiping out

Turning is "okay," I suppose: I'm not in complete control of where I want to go, but I can generally point my nose in the right direction.

Kinda nervous about the lift because I have never ridden one. (Huh... I've jumped out of a perfectly-good airplane but haven't ridden a chair lift )

Thanks for the help, everyone. It means a lot!
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Right, so I'm feeling comfortable enough to go to a park for the first time--I've been using an ordinary, local hill so far--this Saturday. Before I head out, though, I was wondering if you guys could give a snowboarding noob some pointers for their first park experience.

I'm still working on stopping properly, which pretty much means coming to a complete stop without any part of my body touching the powder - my go-to move to stop is simply wiping out

Turning is "okay," I suppose: I'm not in complete control of where I want to go, but I can generally point my nose in the right direction.

Kinda nervous about the lift because I have never ridden one. (Huh... I've jumped out of a perfectly-good airplane but haven't ridden a chair lift )

Thanks for the help, everyone. It means a lot!
Honestly my suggestion is just watch other riders and get a feel for it. Learn basic park manners (don't stand in landings, don't cut off other riders etc).

Oh and definitely know that if it's a beginner park, there will be a lot of people doing things wrong (eg - a lot of people will be dropping in too low to even clear half the jumps and boxes, this is very common in beginner level parks), so don't just blindly follow what everyone else is doing.

To me it sounds like you're not ready to hit park yet (if you're still scared of chairlifts, working on stopping still and don't have turns mastered, then you simply aren't ready for park), but there's no reason you can't ride through, not hit anything and just check out the park and get more used to what the features are and how they work (but make sure you don't get in the way or run into landing zones/cut people off).

Park isn't something to be scared of doing, it's just one of the next steps in progression after you've got got the basics mastered and want to step things up a little.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you have trouble stopping then you are not ready for the park.

It's like telling someone to do calculus when they can't do addition.

Learn the basics then progress.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was afraid from Jed's post till I got to the middle of it.

As a newer rider and beginner park rider myself and based solely on your description. I would not even venture into the park if you are still working on basic control.
Since it is the beginner park other riders could come off a feature or crash or something and you could be to close or in the wrong place at wrong time and you could crash into them or they into you.
Truly feel you need to work on the basics before you even venture to view those types of runs.

Our hill is small and our parks are mostly green type runs with features. I have seen many dads bring little skiers under 5 still "pizza" riding down the entire hill to ride over the landings of the park jumps. As you guess many bad things have happened. Fathers then get angry, basically the point is they aren't ready to be there yet.

Build up some more skill and confidence then take a run through the park to watch and see what it is about. When your ready for park give it a try it is a blast.
Just be save there buddy, don't want to see a "slam section" report of newbie rider messed up in the park ....
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I agree with everyone who says you are not ready. I was watching my older sons make some runs through the park on our last trip. I made sure I was off to the side and out of the way. While waiting I saw a noob ride through a section that was 3 jumps/ramps in a row. He was going so slow that he couldn't get up the face and had to unstrap and walk up each ramp and then strap back in. He got yelled at a couple of times for messing up other riders approach. Learn to walk before you run, you'll get there. Good luck.
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start by taking the little jumps on the side of the green runs. should be enough of a challenge to keep your mind off the park
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sounds like you're REALLY, REALLY not ready for the park and if your "go to" move to stop is wiping out and you're" not in complete control of where u want to go", then you have a LONG way to go before you even think about the park. basically the park is for people that just cruising is just way too easy and boring, that they need something more.

all the etiquette that "Jed" posted is great! beginner parks are not the place to learn etiquette, most of the people there have no clue there there even is park etiquette. if you ever do dare to even cruise down a park trail, PLEASE, PLEASE be aware of everyone around you because in the park, the person in front doesn't necessarily have the right of way.

stay out of the park until you're linking turns without having to thinking about it, be comfortable some flat ground tricks.
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I'm still working on stopping properly, which pretty much means coming to a complete stop without any part of my body touching the powder - my go-to move to stop is simply wiping out

Turning is "okay," I suppose: I'm not in complete control of where I want to go, but I can generally point my nose in the right direction.

Kinda nervous about the lift because I have never ridden one. (Huh... I've jumped out of a perfectly-good airplane but haven't ridden a chair lift )

Ya...

Don't go in the park. You'll either hurt yourself, or someone else.

Just work on getting better at snowboarding (read: turning and stopping) before deciding to venture into the park.
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I can carve for days and snowplow yet I am scared of park.
It will be my 2015 season's priority.

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Thanks, everyone, for your help. If you guys feel that I'm not ready, then I'll agree and wait for another time to hit up my local park
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