Maybe you took a wrong turn and ended up there by accident. Perhaps it was intentional, as you wanted to grab some quick pictures of your 12-year-old catching air. You’re possibly even an aspiring intermediate determined to learn some new tricks.
No matter the reason, if you find yourself in a resort terrain park, you suddenly can feel like a fish out of water. Now what?
Fear not, newbies. If you go in with a plan, the terrain park can be a fun and safe place to develop new skills, add dimension to your snowsports perspective, and help take your skiing or riding to the next level.
“Terrain parks are no longer built with a ‘go big or go home’ attitude,” said Taylor Zink, parks supervisor at Killington/Pico resorts in Vermont, which has seen a notable increase in park use this season, especially among beginners. “If a park looks too intimidating because of the size of its features, ask around and look for the park more suited to your ability.”