After you’ve mastered hitting jumps and doing 180’s. I’m sure you’ll want to start hitting rails and bigger jumps in the park. Before you rush into the park, start hitting rails, cutting people off, and looking like a fool. It’s important to learn smart style.
Smart style starts with:
- Make a Plan of Action – this means that you should know how you are going to hit all the features of the park before you begin. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your overall landing.
- Look before you leap – this means that you should look at the jump before you hit it. Make sure you size up the jump for speed, distance, and snow condition. Only stop where you can be seen by other riders and if you fall get out of the way in a hurry.
- Easy Style It – this means that you should start small and work your way up. Stick to small features and slowly develop your skills. If you try to hit a big jump and fall, you could put an end to your whole season. Wait to you feel absolutely comfortable hitting the small features before you move up to the bigger features.
- Respect Deserves Respect – This means that you should have courtesy to your other riders. Wait your turn and alternate when hitting any park terrain. Call your drop out to other riders and always make sure jumps are clear of other riders before you hit it. Also you should use a park feature for it’s intended purpose, so if you can’t hit the rail or the jump then simply avoid it.
It’s important to always have courtesy and common sense when riding in the park. If you act like a fool, then you will likely cause a dangerous collision. Always use smart style in the park and other riders will do the same. If you notice someone in the park not using smart style, take the time to explain the simple 4 rules to them. It will help that rider to stay safe and avoid dangerous collisions.
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Final Note: Check back here, where I’ll teach how to hit your first 50-50 box rail.