ODES ON PARKLIFE – SLAMS, SMILES AND SPECIAL TIMES

Lea Hauser

There are many different ways to fall: Bailing, crashing, failing, slamming, wiping, faceplanting, wrecking, the bloody list could go on forever. However you name it though, hitting the ground with anything else than your snowboard or your skis always sucks. Still, slams add up to a large, probably the largest part of our parklife, so there’s no reason to beat about the bush: the guys at QParks have revealed as many as 2333 failed tricks going down on their average snowpark – each day of the season. This is terrifying, right? Still, in most cases there are just happy faces, so what’s the special thing about slams anyway?

We’ve all had those days haven’t we? You wake up, sun is just coming over the top of the peaks and not a cloud in sight. You get your coffee brewing and your stomachs filled, always with that twitch of excitement of what’s about to go down. You head out to the lift station to meet your pals, one of them is always late, but you’ll wait, because they’re your bros you know? As the gondola slowly rises out of the valley and up onto the inclines of the mountain, as each of you does up your boots, as you see the dots on the horizon like little ants, shaping the snowpark to perfection. Everyone feels connected by the same stoked feeling and you know, everything that’s about to happen today will be special.
When the infamous jackets of the QParks shapecrew zigzag across the park putting the finishing touches on the jib line and the kicker line, you know it’s on. Up there, there’s no bad vibes, its just the gentle ribbing and excitement for a perfect day in the park. You run through the list in your head, of what you want to stomp that day: whether it’s your mellow 5050’s or the 540 that you were taught at one of the pro-coaching sessions, we all have that list.
No matter whether you’re in Snowtown or Shredland, you can be sure that this will be going down at every resort. But, that’s why we ride together. Through the slams and the stomps.

WATCH AND WIN
But folks, honestly, after all it’s nice to keep your limbs protected. That’s why you have the chance to win one of 5 newly arrived QParks Protection Packs comprising an Amplifi Cortex jacket and a TSG Helmet! Just watch the hilarious ‘specials’ edit of the QParks film-crew and count the slams in there. It’s all yours!
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