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Park Etiquette
Increase your fun and be respectful at the same time.

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User: bmoore
This is some teaser text from the LTF CD-ROM. There are video clips to go with each section covered below.

Park Etiquette

Park etiquette is a set of unwritten rules and best practices to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time on the mountain. This section of the CD is your "driver's ed" for snowboarding and covers how to be cool and have fun.

Scope Out Run

A scope out run is a casual run through the terrain park before hitting any features. Scoping out a run or feature should be part of your daily routine. The mountain's features change constantly throughout the day, so take time to check out things before you go hucking yourself. By scoping it out, you can see if there's anything wrong with the approach, the feature itself, or the landing. This will help build your confidence while attempting your tricks. The more you know, the farther you will be able to push your skills.

Things to Look For

This clip has a number of still images that show a few things to look for when doing your scope out run. They include things like metal just under the snow, bare spots, ice build-up, icy approaches, tools laying out, big gaps, unfriendly landings, ruts in landings, icy landings, vertical walls and drop offs, signage, advanced rails and features, table top length and size, and must make gaps.

Know The Code

We are all required to know and follow these rules to make it safe and fun for everyone. Here are the points of the "Your Responsibility Code":

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.

Drop-in Procedure

There should only be one person hitting a feature at a time. It is important to call your drop-in before starting your approach. This will help others know that you are going and helps with taking turns. Before you call your drop, look uphill and around to make sure that someone is not already on the approach. To call your drop-in, raise your hand and call out "Dropping" or "Dropping Next". Once you call the drop, go ahead and go for it. Be aware that some newer riders may not know that calling your drop is important.

Tip: If you are with a bunch of buddies and the park is busy, stagger yourselves so that you can watch your buddies without holding up the line. Respect!


Hiking is a big part of riding terrain parks and other features on the mountain. Make sure that you hike back up to the feature in such a way that you can be seen from above. Hike off to the side of the feature so you will be out of the way of other traffic and keep an eye out for others hitting the feature. When jumping, be aware of anyone that may be hiking near the landing. When you finish jumping, clear the landing area before unstrapping.

Snaking (Taking Turns)

To "snake" someone means to drop-in out of turn, or in the middle of their run. If someone signals to drop-in, it's their turn. Snaking is not cool, and a poor way to make friends. This happens at every mountain. To avoid it, either go to a smaller mountain, or show up on an uncrowded day. Once again, respect gets respect.

Using Spotters

If your landing is blind, it is a great idea to have a spotter. The spotter lets you know if your landing is clear or not. One of the most scary things about blind landings is going over a jump and realizing too late that someone or something is in your way. Only one person on a feature at a time! Safety first.

The all-clear signal is both hands above the head with the arms straight up and fingers touching (like a capital A). The "Don't go!" or not clear sign is both hands above the head in the form of an X (crossed). If you are riding with skiers, they may hold up one or two poles for go (A), and will cross their polls for don't go or unclear.

Landing Zones

Landing zones are high traffic areas and riders are often going quite fast. Clear yourself out of the landing zone as quickly as possible. If this was a road, the signs posted would be: No Parking!, No Stopping!, Keep Moving!, etc. If you fall and get injured, signal for help and have another rider stop the traffic from above.
User: ghoch4
I think this is a super important part of this cd u should all know and respect this part, or else u get booted off the mountain

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