Skill levels in snow parks

Skill levels in snow parks

Terrain parks can be fun for riders with different skill levels as they can be comprised of lines of different difficulty. Diversification of lines provides better experience for the users as riders with different skill levels are separated which in turn also increases safety. Similar to the standards in alpine skiing, difficulty levels in terrain parks also vary from beginners to medium and expert or pro lines.

To attract the users into terrain parks, the skill level of the users should be identified in order to then meet the requirements of majority of them. Even in the case of several lines, the identification of visitor’s needs will enable effective planning by providing a usage percentage of each line in the park. As mentioned, some terrain parks are specialized in a certain skill level e.g. parks which are dedicated solely to experienced and pro riders. However most of the parks offer different lines in order to satisfy as many visitors as possible and as mentioned in a previous article, incorporation of big jumps also enables some marketing activities.


More lines in terrain parks consequently mean more work, more snow and more space. This is the reason why some resorts have their terrain parks focused just on one or two skill levels. However, having for example just a beginner line does not always result in less work, as beginner obstacles are usually damaged more on a daily basis than are more advanced lines. The lines should be planned according to the terrain in order to prevent a crossing of different lines. There should be enough exits, so that park visitors can exit the park when they find it too difficult (e.g. an exit after the finish of the beginner line so that the beginners do not have to exit the park through the expert line).

When developing a Terrain Park with different lines, a proper signalization and separation should also be planned. As we have already discussed in a few of the previous articles, there are no uniform laws or guidelines or other standards for terrain park signalization in the EU, therefore the signalization should be adapted to the national regulative. Terrain park signage will be also the topic of our upcoming article, where you will be able to find more detailed information on the subject.

Skill levels in Terrain parks


Terrain parks can be fun for riders with different skill levels as they can be comprised of lines of different difficulty. Diversification of lines provides better experience for the users as riders with different skill levels are separated which in turn also increases safety. Similar to the standards in alpine skiing, difficulty levels in terrain parks also vary from beginners to medium and expert or pro lines.

To attract the users into terrain parks, the skill level of the users should be identified in order to then meet the requirements of majority of them. Even in the case of several lines, the identification of visitor’s needs will enable effective planning by providing a usage percentage of each line in the park. As mentioned, some terrain parks are specialized in a certain skill level e.g. parks which are dedicated solely to experienced and pro riders. However most of the parks offer different lines in order to satisfy as many visitors as possible and as mentioned in a previous article, incorporation of big jumps also enables some marketing activities.

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