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IVGID Tip: How to ski/ride the terrain park

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Tip of the week" is a weekly feature in the Sun's sister paper, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

Mastering the terrain park is one way to take your skiing and riding to the next level but can also be intimidating. When starting out, begin with smaller features and then work your way up.

Look for progression parks and features, like Diamond Peak's Popular Park, to learn the basics or work on new tricks and keep in mind the below tips:

• Familiarize yourself with the specific terrain park and each feature before you try anything. Observe the layout, signage, take-offs and landings on your first run. Watch experienced riders to see how the features are riding and plan your approach, speed and position.

• For boxes and rails it's important to keep your weight centered and knees bent. While sliding, look at the end of the box or rail, not at your feet. Start small with something you can ride onto, then progress to something with a gap that you ollie or jump onto.

• When hitting jumps, break it down into zones; the approach, take-off, maneuver, and landing (ATML). On the approach, pick your line and set up your trick. During take-off, focus on control. Relax your mind and control your body during the actual maneuver. Bring your knees to your chest or grab one of your edges. Land in an athletic position to absorb the landing, especially as the day progresses and landing zones get packed down.

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• Always warm up, wait your turn and respect others to try to avoid injuries and have fun.

If you're ready to put your skills to the test, Diamond Peak is holding a rail jam series called Face/Off Fridays. Competitions take place at the bottom of Lodgepole every Friday through the end of March. Visit DiamondPeak.com for more information and pre-registration for Face/Off Fridays.