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Safety Culture
Overview  |  Smart Style  |  Stuff to Know  |  Responsibility Code  |  The ATML Method
Sugar Bowl Terrain Park Safety Culture

Freestyle Terrain may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain 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.

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Safety Culture - Smart Style

FOUR Rules 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.

a. Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings.
b. Scope around the jumps first not over them.
c. Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
d. Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
e. Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.

a. Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level.
b. Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
c. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air.
d. Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
e. Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.

a. Respect the terrain and others (freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability).
b. One person on a feature at a time.
c. Wait your turn and call your start.
d. Always clear the landing area quickly.
e. Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features.

Safety Culture - Stuff To Know

Know Your Limits:

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:

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 the 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.

Be aware that features change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day.

The resort may designate features as small, medium or large. Be aware that these ratings are determined by size, not degree of difficulty, and are relative only to that resort.

Safety Culture - Responsibility Code

Your Responsibility Code

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.

1. Always stay in control
2. People ahead of you have the right of way
3. Stop in a safe place for you and others
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails
7. Know how to use the lifts safely


This is a partial list. Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.
Safety Culture - ATML Method

The ATML Method

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.

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