Learn a little bit about the terrain park to start off. Notice the expert features and what the best riders are doing, but recognize that these guys are good and these are hard features. Try to be smart and start small. Smarty Style is NSAA’s program that they’ve promoted with the growth of terrain parks. It promotes starting small, getting comfortable on little features, riding on boxes and small jumps, then maybe pushing yourself a little bit.

Terrain Park Etiquette

So you want to learn to slide a rail or stomp a big air? You can't just show up in the terrain park and cut to the front of the line. There are rules. We asked Austin Christenson, the manager of the terrain park at New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley, to lay down some guidelines for novices venturing into the park. —Olivia Dwyer