The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the Smart Style Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative, a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.
Terrain Parks “Smart Style”
Calabogie Peaks adheres to the guidance, logos, and signage developed through the Smart Style Freestyle Safety Program. Our park and safety signage are designated by an orange color.
Almost all the terrain at Calabogie may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, and other constructed or natural terrain features.
PRIOR to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air.
Calabogie Peaks also promotes the National Ski Areas Association’s Smart Style terrain park safety program that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks.
The Smart Style video along with the www.TerrainParkSafety.org work together to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks. Please visit the www.TerrainParkSafety.org for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.
Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Program Messages:
START SMALL - Work your way up. Build your skills.
MAKE A PLAN - Every feature. Every time.
ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop.
RESPECT - The features and other users.
TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Know the Four Codes of Smart Style
1. MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
2. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
3. EASY STYLE IT
Start small and work your way up.
4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT
From the lift line through the park.
Know your Limits and ability level and select the appropriate Freestyle Terrain for you.
Your condition, speed, balance, body movements, alignment, trajectory and maneuver difficulty will DIRECTLY AFFECT YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME.
Know the intended use of the Freestyle Terrain you have chosen.
For example, some features are intended to be used in a series with no stopping and some individually with stopping areas; jump takeoffs are for jumping and rail takeoffs are for entering onto rails.
Your actions can take you out of balance and cause serious injury or death, no matter how the feature is designed or where you land. Land on your feet!
Transitions are changes in the shape and pitch of the snow or feature, or changes from one type of sliding surface to another. Transitions can be gentle or abrupt, and demand that users be alert and respond to them with accurate movements.
Know where to Land. The SWEET SPOT is between the "knuckle" and center of the landing zone. Even if you land on or near the sweet spot, you can still be seriously injured or die if your landing posture is not correct.
INVERTED MANEUVERS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED AT CALABOGIE PEAKS.
BE AWARE that features change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
Read and obey all posted signs, instructions and warnings before using Freestyle Terrain.
Some resorts designate features as small, medium and large. Be aware these ratings are determined by size, not degree of difficulty, and are relative only to that resort.
Each feature can be broken down into 4 zones. Identify these zones and have a plan before using any Freestyle Terrain.
Approach zone is the space for setting your speed and stance to use the feature.
Takeoff zone is for making moves that start your trick.
Maneuver zone is for controlling your body in the air and setting up for landing.
Landing zone is the prepared slope between the knuckle and the runout beyond it.
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
Be safety conscious and KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.
Watch the Smart Style Safety video below.
The Smart Style video is brought to you by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).