Parks and pipes are way cool, no doubt. But, nothing's cool if it hurts. The snowsports gurus have come up with some safety awareness axioms that are pretty cool in themselves. They call it...
...and it's as simple as these three reminders:
1) Look Before You Leap
2) Easy Style It
3) Respect Gets Respect
So, what's it all about? Using common sense in the park, mostly. But, here are some reminders that can be shared with the park-rat in your family.
1. Remember - the Park can be dangerous, especially when you're huckin' on big features. Big features mean big falls. When you enter the park, you assume the responsibility for being there.
2. Everything changes, and that includes snow conditions and the features themselves. Always use a spotter when you can't see the landing.
3. Start Small to Go Big. Or, as the old cliche has it, you can't run before you walk. Most injuries happen when folks try to go too big for their skills.
4. Respect everything - the terrain, other skiers and riders and - most of all - yourself.
5. Know the rules. If the sign says "No Inverted Aerial Maneuvers" that means don't do it. (Inverts are seriously dangerous and there's no room for being sketchy with them. Land on your head, you seriously may never get up again.) All riders must have leashes; all skiers must have brakes. Not sure if something's cool? Ask the Parks and Pipes Crew.
6. When you're going through the park, steer clear of the paths to and from each element.
7. Crossing in front of an element? Look uphill for approaching sliders.
8. Thoroughly checkout the features before you use them.
9. At any given feature, wait your turn. Those dudes who got there before you get to go first - and you should give them time to clear out after they've done their thing.
10. Don't - please don't - stand in the landing zone. Get clear and stay clear - those guys coming from the uphill side can't see you. Same goes for you if you're just watching - stand clear.
11. Most importantly, think!
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