How to Ride Park on a Snowboard

How to Ride Park on a Snowboard
The park can be an intimidating part of the mountain for first timers. At first glance everyone seems so sure of themselves and all the obstacles seem so big. But once you really examine a terrain park, you will see there are lots of beginner-oriented obstacles. Start with good etiquette and small jumps. Before you know it, you will be able to play in the park with best of them.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging


Things You’ll Need:
  • Snowboard
  • Helmet
  • Wrist Guards
Step 1
Check your bindings and your stance. For park riding you will want your front binding at positive 15 and your back binding set to at least negative 7. Also, you may want to widen your stance for improved balance before you enter the park. You can make all these changes at any tool bench on the mountain.
Step 2
Scope the park from the chairlift. Look for obstacles you think you could attempt successfully. For beginners this means ride-on boxes and small jumps.
Step 3
Stop at the top of the park to access crowds, lines and obstacles. If desired you can take a "dry run" through the park, riding slowly in between obstacles without attempting anything to get a better idea of the spacing on boxes, rails and jumps.
Step 4
Respect park etiquette. Lines form above all obstacles and do not cut in line. For obstacles where two lines form, always raise your hand and loudly announce, "Dropping," before beginning your descent toward the obstacle. Never linger at the bottom of at obstacle.
Step 5
Keep your knees bent to help absorb the impact of boxes, rails and landings. Bent knees also help with your balance.
Step 6
Hold your weight centered and slightly back. This will ensure good balance on obstacles and landings.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure you have good control over your board and your balance before attempting to ride in the park
Always wear a helmet riding in the park

Article Written By Caroline Schley

Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

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