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Depends. If there's a feature that I really want to get a trick on I will sometimes hike until I get the trick. if there's not a lot of people taking laps of course. Because it's kind of annoying when you're trying to take hot laps and there's just a bunch of people crowded around a down rail fuckin with your flow. Real talk
my hill is reallly small but the parks are freaking huge(meaning that one park takes up two complete trails) so i usually take the lift up(about a 3 minute ride) for the bigger park.. and i hike the small jib park :)
early season i hike all the time for rails. then comes mid december and i lap and i hike about half and half. depending on lines. then peak season i usually lap but it gets crowded so ill hike a flat box at the most crowded times cuz flat boxes r always fun. then late season/ spring i lap 95% of the time just cuz its fun that way hit jumps hit rails soft snow laughs on the chair. its always a good time
Mostly depends on lift lines. I like hiking though because it keeps you concentrated on the trick and you get so stoke when you land it after so many tries. Once landed afterbang it all the way to lift.
hiking in our park sucks because its too steep a run for a park anyway. but i enjoy hiking the features that are on the flatter spot or the wall ride at the bottom is a blast to session. last day of last year i hiked a super wide flat down box for a few hours after it closed with like 20 kids, a filmer, and lots o drank and that was better than any hot laps i had done all year. but for everyday skiing i usually want to hike and get something on lock but usual just take the chair or go ski natural shit.
mix it up. depends on the vibe. if im really working on something on rails i will hike a bit. but mostly hot laps to keep the flow going. best park ive ever hot lapped was the second public park at timberline this summer. such great laps...
oh forgot to mention,early season the only boxes set up are on the side of one of the beginner runs. on the other side of a few trees is the most beginner run, so just dip through the trees and ride the magic carpet up switch or work on the butters, then at the top dip back into the side of the run with the boxes. its like hiking cept funner but the same distance. ahhh need snow
My 'local' hill has a reasonably quick and quite short quad chair right by the park so I just lap that. Since it's short people generally don't ski the trails around it very much so there's hardly ever a queue.