Snowboarding in parks is a lot different from snowboarding in all mountain terrain. In the park the terrain is created by professionals. Jumps, rails and fun boxes are to see a lot of in a normal park. As a beginner to parks, you stand in front of a lot of challenges. Follow me throughout this post, and I’ll teach you how to snowboard in parks.
Make yourself a plan
As beginner it is very important to make a plan before you ride in the park. You need to consider your own skill level, and find out which jumps or features that will be ideal for you. Don’t pick the biggest jump. Go for the smaller ones.
Before you approach the feature, figure out what speed you need, where to approach from and your take-off. All of this will have a huge impact on your landing. Remember to also be committed. Don’t back out right before the jump. In high speed, this can be very dangerous as you are very likely to lose control and go in whatever direction the board takes you.
Look before you ride
Before you take off, it is important to have a plan (as mentioned above), but also to make sure it is safe. There are many factors that can affect your action. Scout the area to make sure there is no one around that could possibly get in your way and mess things up.
If the snow is very hard and frosty, you should also reconsider your actions. On hard packed snow, your board will go a lot faster. The landing will also be much harder. You should therefore be extra committed if the snow is hard and icy. Falling on hard packed snow can hurt a lot.
Only stop where you can be seen by others. Never stop in landings where you are hard to be seen. If you fall, get out of the way as fats as possible. I someone else falls in the landing, then make an X signal with your arms to notify other riders to stay clear.
Go easy on yourself
Don’t challenge yourself too much as a beginner in the park. You’ve got to start in the little and work your way up. The pro riders may make a lot of things seem very easy, but don’t get too high on yourself. This can possibly lead to unnecessary injuries. Use your head for what it’s worth. With enough practice you’ll soon be the one doing the biggest jumps, spinning and railing like a boss.
As a beginner to the park, falling might be a big part of your day. From falling comes possible injuries, depending on how hard the impact is. Back and wrist protection, as well as knee, elbow, hip and butt pads will prevent you from many crappy injuries.
Check out a different post on snowboard safety equipment here.
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