Snow Scooter Safety Guide

Safety Guide

Snow Scooters are a combination of a freestyle scooter and snowboard. As with skis or snowboards, you steer and manage speed by turning the handlebar and shifting your weight, allowing the skis edges to carve a smooth line in the snow.

As with all snow riding equipment keeping yourself and others safe on the mountain should always be the number one priority

Riders should always:

- Ride responsibly

- Ensure your equipment is safe and fit for purpose

- Always wear head protective equipment

- Be respectful of others on the mountain

- Listen and obey all chair lift operators

- Wear your safety leash at all times

How do you stop?

You can slow down and stop by dragging one foot or carve a line as you would while skiing or snowboarding. You can also stop the snow scooter quickly by sliding the rear board outwards on its inside edge like a snowboard.

How do you get on and off a chairlift?

Ensure your leash is secured to your wrist, waist or ankle. When the chair lift approaches, position the scooter directly in front of you. As the lift lifts you up, allow the handlebars rest on your lap and let the scooter hang below you. Cross your legs and ankles around the front of the snow scooter and enjoy the ride. The terrain park (slope) scooter is small and light enough that you may also take it on your lap.

Can I ride it in a terrain park?

The terrain park (slope)scooter can be ridden in any terrain park that resorts will permit. Ride half pipes, rails, boxes, and kickers with ease, and of course, in control and as safely as possible to reduce risk of injury to oneself and others!

What kind of shoes do you wear?

Since there are no bindings, the scooter can be ridden with hiking boots or soft snowboard boots.

How do you ride safely?

Terrain Park Safety Program has Four Main Messages:

MAKE A PLAN Every time you use a freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your manoeuvre and landing.

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.

EASY STYLE IT Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended)

RESPECT GETS RESPECT Be respectful of others, from the lift line through to the slopes and terrain park,

What maintenance do I need to perform on my scooter?

Just as we recommend for freestyle scooters, you should check the snow scooter before every session. All bolts and screws should be checked to ensure they are correctly tightened. The headset should spin freely and without play. In addition, you will want to take your skis into a shop to have the edges sharpened and base waxed as needed.

How to control speed, brake and stop?

As the feet are not strapped onto the deck you can always put your feet down. The best way is to do like skiers and snowboarders do. Carve and stop.

What is a "terrain park"?

Referred to as snow parks in some countries these parks are specially prepared areas of a ski resort with jumps, half-pipes, rails and other features. Terrain parks are like skateparks-for-the-snow and are the fastest growing segment of the snow sport industry at the moment.

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