Slopestyle is a type of winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off of jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly. It originated as a snowboarding competition format, but there are now many sports that are considered to have this style of competition, of which skiing and snowboarding are two of the most common.
Twin-tip skis are used in Slopestyle skiing and are particularly useful if the skier lands backwards.
Slopestyle snowboarding/skiing is performed on specially made trails at ski mountains. These trails, called “Terrain Parks” or "Jib Parks", are filled with various types of jumps and other obstacles. The goal of the snowboarder/skier is to use all of these to his advantage while riding down. One obstacle that can be found on most terrain parks is the jump, or “kicker.” Jumps on a slopestyle course can be as big or small as needed, but most range from 20 to 80 feet long. This measurement is taken from the end of the face of the jump all the way to the tip of the landing. Another common obstacle in a terrain park is a rail or "jib". Rails come in all shapes and sizes, from long straight ones to rainbow shaped ones. Rails must be cared for extensively, as they must be waxed so that the skier/snow boarder does not "catch a lip" when they land on the rail. The snowboarder/skier tries to perform tricks onto or off of the rail in combination with sliding the whole length of the rail. Similar to a rail is a feature called a box. Just as it sounds, a box is literally a wooden or metal box placed on the mountain where its top is covered with a slippery material. This allows snowboarders/skiers to ride onto the box and slide the length of it back onto the snow. Although these are the most popular features at a terrain park, depending on where you are you may find other things such as busses buried in the snow, or barrels stuck in the snow, or even naturally made obstacles like small cliffs, as well as rails called "joy sticks", where a sphere is mounted on top of a pole. The goal of this rail is to hit it with the tips of your skis or poles while clearing it. Also, there are "table tops", where the rail is seen as a wide box rail or a "picnic table". This feature usually has a wide base and a thinner box rail on both sides. Trees are also used as rails, as well as mail boxes, which, as their name says, are shaped as mail boxes. There are also wall rides, with near vertical walls that riders go up on and spin on.
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