The presence of gapers in the terrain park has always been a heated topic. On one hand, we all have to start somewhere, and we can educate them as they go (NOTE: watch the video below to see what you should NOT do). But the bottom line is it really does suck filming a perfect line, only to get to the last feature and have a gaper snake in front of you, or even worse almost crashing into one in your landing. So the debate continues, do you keep them out entirely, or start enforcing no side jumping?
Terrain parks in Steamboat have introduced educational signs designed to deter kids from side-jumping and snaking other members of the park. But how authoritative is a sign? I’m unsure if Steamboat saw positive results due to these efforts, but I’d say if it teaches even a couple kids to stay out of the way, it's worth it.
Jerry Trap in Norway
Hovden Ski Resort in Norway introduced the infamous ‘Jerry Trap’- the fence forces riders to hit a rainbow rail (or gap the fence) in order to enter the resort’s terrain park. It’s designed to keep amateur skiers out of more advanced areas and they hoped to prevent a collision from inexperienced riders and families loitering around features and landings.
Do Gapers Put Us In Danger?
At what point does having the inexperienced around put the rest of the park in danger? It's one thing when you get cut off, but both parties are in danger of serious injury it makes the Jerry trap seem much more reasonable.
Maybe there's no one good answer, but until we find a solution keep your eyes open and educate.
What do you think parks should do? Let us know below!