Several resorts in the French Alps have installed kid sized snowparks with beginner zones and safety precautions designed especially for those learning freestyle tricks for the first time.
Here's a run-down on where first timers can spread their wings in complete safety:
Kids Parkway, Avoriaz: fun and educational, this park aims to teach kids what modules make up a snow park.
Lil'Stash, Avoriaz: a scaled down version of the Stash snow park, with modules made of wood instead of metal.
Waidzai Park, Megève: this snowpark is for young freestylers who want to get started working on the whoops, boxes, rainbows, and step ups.
Moon Park, Méribel: the beginners' zone of this park offers mini boxes, mini tables, and a mini boarder cross. There is also a P'tit Moon Park for the five to ten year crowd.
7cube, La Plagne: the Petit Park zone offers beginner modules and a boardercross for blue and red level skiers.
Jampark Kid's, Morillon: features small tables to start freestyling as well as a series of whoops.
Jampark Cool, Samoëns: this park is accessible for skiers with a beginner pass and includes small tables and whoops.
Easy Zone, Valloire: this beginner zone is on the green Escargot run and offers whoops, turns, and moguls that anyone can have fun on.
While freestyling looks scary, these parks try to make it a sport that anyone can try. You never know, there may be a future X-Gamer hidden within you.