How To Snowboard In Parks

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.

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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.

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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.

Protection?

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.

If you still feel like there is some information missing that you would like to know, then ask me in the comment section below! I’d be glad to answer.

Cheers,

 

10 Comments

  1. Neil

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to snowboard and it still is on my “to do” list 🙂

    I didn’t actually realize that snowboarding in parks was different to mountain terrain, but it does make sense when I think about it.

    These are some great tips for beginner snowboarders and will also definitely help me when I decide to take some lessons. I can’t wait!

    Thank You!
    Neil

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  2. Paul

    Thanks Tore for the helpful read on how to snowboard in parks. I would consider myself a beginner to snowboarding so this info is perfect for me. I’ll keep this bookmarked for future reference. I’m currently looking into getting a good snowboard for myself — do you have any articles you could point me to or advice that could help me out in that regard?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Yes, I have a page covering how to size a snowboard, and a page talking about different snowboard types. Both of these pages combined will help you find the perfect snowboard for you!

      I also have many different reviews here on my site. You’ll find them under “snowboard products”. Hopefully you find one you like! 🙂

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  3. wunderkindonsulting

    I have always been interested in Snowboarding (though I hear it’s actually more difficult than skiing). I thought your blog was a great beginners guide to snowboarding. I most definitely appreciated, your warning to “Go Easy on Oneself” as a beginner. Great information for sure. I wish you much success in all of your endeavors.

    Cheers!

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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  4. stefan

    I am from a tropical country and had my first experience with snow in 2013. I went skiing in Germany and was fascinated by what people were accomplishing with snowboarding! There is no much sense of freedom in it, but I am yet to try.

    I am planning a trip again next year and I hope I can get more amazing tips from website. It is bookmarked now for further reference! I really enjoyed it! Thanks a lot!

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  5. Joon

    Those ramps can be pretty gnarly. I remember when I went on them a couple of times thinking that it can’t be too bad and man I was like whoa it took me pretty high up in the air and was up there for longer than I thought. I fell but I was really hooked. Now living in Southern California I’m often skateboarding and it’s one of my hobbies but I was thinking about introducing my son to snowboarding as well and so I can get back on it too.

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  6. Tyler Redlev

    I have snowboarded before but I haven’t entered to a park. I assume it’s a lot of fun with all those toys around there.

    But I think it’s for more advanced snowboarders right?? Well I’m not that bad when it comes to snowboarding, but what can you say about the level?? How good should we be toenter into a park??

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  7. aaron

    The terrain parks look like a ton of fun. I’ve tried to snowboard very unsuccessfully most of my time was spent on my back side. I’m an avid skier been skiing since 5. I’ve wanted to try the parks on my skis. Would i use my normal skis or do I need special ones? Are skiers welcome in the terrain parks?

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  8. Matt's Mom

    Wow, I have skied all my life in Colorado, Utah, and Alaska and I had never heard of snow board parks. Well, I have not ventured into snowboarding yet. Is it more difficult than skiing on two skis? Also, where are snow board parks located? It looks like a blast really. I am glad I stumbled on your site. Great post and good information!

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