How Snowboard Parks Have Ruined Snowboarding


****Disclaimer**** You are likely at this page because you googled snowboard parks. I don’t know if you were looking for the sweetest park to hit up this year or if you take snowboarding too seriously or if you were just bored, but since you are spending your time reading about snowboard parks on the internet, you are probably into hanging out in them. That said, you will not like this story. It will probably make you angry and inspire you to write me some dumb letter about what a bitch I am and how I am bad at snowboarding, etc. Please don’t bother. I already know I am a bitch and I have been snowboarding since you were in diapers. Someday you will be able to talk about how much better things used to be too.


I’m a sucker for snowboard history, but usually I’m totally opposed to nostalgia. Everybody knows snowboarding was so much better five years ago, (and the same will go to five years from now), but I’ve finally been able to put my finger on one of the reasons why.

Sure, this park looks innocent enough.

Snowboard parks. An evil, evil device manufactured by ski areas to destroy everything that is good about snowboarding. Originally, parks weren’t built to serve snowboarding, merely to keep skiers happy by confining every snowboarder on the mountain to one trail. These days, things are a little different, as skiers now want to catch big air too, and snowboard parks have become “terrain parks.” But this is not why they are evil.

First off, snowboard parks create a different type of snowboarder. One who can’t actually snowboard, but rather opts to sit around the park all day and watch people hit jumps. Generally, these people choose to sit in the landings. They are not the kids who hike the park all day and don’t know how to turn, just to rodeos. This is an entirely different sect of the population that has always been around. They just use to hit jumps in their backyards and on the golf courses of the world, with no masses to impress. It’s these masses my qualm is with.

Do you think Tom Creamer would have landed this backside three if it was off of a wrap around hit next to a lift tower? Not likely.

Next off, parks have destroyed the creativity snowboarding once harbored. When there’s no park, any log, rock or mogul could be the sickest hit on the mountain. When the conditions were crappy, the quest was to seek out this singular fun thing and hit it all day. Now, when the conditions are crappy, it automatically becomes a “park day.” Should the park be crappy, it’s time to go home. There’s no need to find something fun to do, because the kickers will be sick some other day, and why waste perfectly good energy riding something that’s not cool?

And don’t even get me started on park rails.

Finally, snowboard parks make natural jumps look bad. Suddenly, people can land every trick they try because every jump they hit has a good landing. People never used to care about landings. If a jump shot you up in the air it was sick, and whether you landed on you feet or your ass was superfluous to the experience. Those were the days.

So in summation, the evolution of snowboarding is evil, and I’m pissed at Baker for ruining my fun jib jumps with their crappy park. The end.

14 replies

    Many, not all, parks are boring. Theres always 3 table top jumps and some un-original rails. It’s easy to build table top jumps and takes no skill in the part of the park staff Lately I see more people shredding the weird shit on the side of the park or slashing the sides of the jumps. For fucks sake, build some hips, banks…fun shit AND a few table tops to practice 1800’s.

  2. Tiger woods dick
    Tiger woods dick says:

    Sand traps in golf courses and hand rails at schools are more betters than snowboard parks. In the olden days we would walk 20 miles to ride a golf course..the olden days were so good.

  3. no--KOOKS
    no--KOOKS says:

    PARKS get better each year , allot better ,, and so is the riding in the parks ….a lot better ! but if u cant / don’t / wont do it its bad ,,, REALLY BAD …and the more you see others doing it the more shitty it gets ….to bad , stop sucking or don’t look ..

    JAKE BURTON says:

    @ HOVER BOOGER —they do build fun shit ,, its called the “kiddy park ” for 5-8 yr . olds ….go kill it !

  5. dinos-will-have-shrinkage
    dinos-will-have-shrinkage says:

    AS PETE SORY …LIB TEC OWNER SAID in 2015.. “THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BE A SNOWBOARDER ” gear . parks . pipe, cats , instruction , resorts , all better … people unwilling to progress will hate on all that is new because they cant fucking do it ,,,, boo-hoo …. don’t bitch and bring others down ..

  6. your a iddiot
    your a iddiot says:

    how has SNOWBOARD parks ruined snowboarding ?.. , PARK CITY has 30-40 kids lined up at each ..rail / jump …. THATS there choice … don’t be bummed old kook .. go eat granola and ride alone hitting little bumps in seclusion .. WHY do you want KIDS doing the same ..GO HAVE FUN ALONE / more for you kook …

  7. SHUT UP
    SHUT UP says:

    SKI RESORTS spend big money on parks because they make more money in return .. they wouldn’t do it if it was a financial negative ….the KIDS / PEOPLE WANT IT ! if you don’t want it ,shut the fuck up and stay out of the park ..its only 3 percent of the resort terrain ….what you want that 3 percent ,,YOU need that . will that make you happy kook ?

    STUPID ARTICLE ! says:

    STOKED / REAL RIDERS , ride pow when there is pow + park the rest of the time … ass holes just bitch that’s the pow is getting tracked up to fast .. and cant ride park so THEY stay home and bitch about parks on YOBEAT

  9. u-suk
    u-suk says:

    how has ME riding park ruined snowboarding ? how dose it affect anything in your life at all ? … work on your park envy . work on your hate …. and the rest will take care of itself ..

  10. local
    local says:

    whoever wrote this story sounds exactly like a old skier … quit and move on ….find a good rest home and slap on the DEPENDS..

  11. KIM
    KIM says:

    SAYING parks ruined snowboarding is like saying snowmaking ruined snowboarding ..its an ignorant statement made by a old kook that decided he couldn’t keep up so he needed to bring the sport way down to his level …get out old fart ..move on

  12. ass-man
    ass-man says:

    the gear alone is 1000x better now ,,, yet dopes like this author think the old ankle breaker bindings of the 80s are just as good as todays ….ha ,,,they arnt kook..

  13. EFOGG
    EFOGG says:


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