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Well I've been doing parks for over 12 years and it isn't like what alot of people think it is. It also depends on where you work at... some crews are lazy and ride all day and some care about the park and work all day. Alot of resorts are being more sturctured by well trained/experienced managers now days and isnt like it use to be a few years ago. Its a profession for people like me and for my crew, we work hard and play hard to put out a good product.. we dont want a crappy park nor do we want to be riding ruts or bomb holes all day, so that's a good way to see what a real park crew is like. If the parks have tons of ruts/bomb holes the really dont care to much about the park and are there to ride and be cool. Most of our day consists of raking shaping/work and guest relations. only a few hours a day to ride and just really depends on work load of the day. some days you might not have much you have to do and some you might not touch your skies/board. We pay all our park staff and we all work together to make the difference in the product, then everyone gets to reap the rewards. If your really intrested talk to a park manager and ask to do a job shadow one day so you see what its really like... theres WAY more work that goes on then most people think... since 80% of the work is done outside the public eye/overnight/closing and summer op's. hope this helps- TPC