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Ever fallen off a lift?

Poll Results: Ever fallen from a lift?

  • 45% (15)
  • 42% (14)
  • 12% (4)
    No but I pushed someone
33 Total Votes  
post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

Ever fallen off a ski lift? I don't think I have, but I got bumped off to the side by a 4th person coming up quickly behind me (on a triple) and I sat on his lap, realized what happened and jumped off to the side. I couldn't get out of the way fast enough and I got whacked pretty hard by the side of the chair. Spun me around and about dislocated my shoulder. I was was pretty angry. Now a days I look out for that.


Once a kid I was skiing with started to slip out as the chair left the loading area. I yelled 'STOP THE LIFT' but the liftie was deaf, I couldn't hold onto him and pushed him the rest of the way out of the chair. Luckily it was only about 4 feet to the ground. (He was fine)


post #2 of 42

Yep, twice.


The best was before the dawn of time in 1969, at Monarch.  


Got perhaps a little too forward with my girlfriend and she gave me a shove into a closed area on a powder day.


It was very  memorable in a couple of ways.

post #3 of 42

Twice also.  Both times were when I was a single digit kid.  Back then the loading ramps weren't really designed for little kids, so you had to time a little jump up with grabbing the side bar & pull yourself in.  The first time I was told to wait at the bottom while my dad & older brother took another run.  I got bored waiting & decided I would just take a quicky on the beginner chair.  I grabbed the bar, but didn't quite get in the seat.  The liftie was alert & stopped it right away but I remember having to drop into a rope net which was common back then. 


The second time which was a few years later, the liftie was not quite as alert.  The lift didn't stop till I was about 15' off the snow above a cross trail underneath.  I remember thinking "this is gonna hurt!"  Being concerned about my own well being, I timed my drop to land on top of a big guy I saw sliding under the chair which helped break my fall.  He was okay, but I twisted my ankle pretty good.  The liftie felt so bad, he let me hang in the shack with him & shared his lunch with me which I thought was pretty cool.


Another time when we were little, my cousin slipped off a little early at the top & had to drop into the net.  Well the net was rotten & she just tore right through into the deep snow underneath.  We all thought that was pretty funny!



post #4 of 42

Does this count falling while using a rope tow, a T-bar, or a disc tow?

post #5 of 42

Never, but I almost bailed intentionally at Squaw once this year.  Four of us slid up into position and this guy attempts to tuck his poles between his legs and behind him *before* sitting down instead of once already seated.  The chair bumps him forward and he starts flailing to the side - running over both my skis and the skis of the guy next to me.  Fortunately this all happened so quickly that he was not on top of either of our skis when we were lifted up (I was on the end and actually did him a big favor by shoving him off to the side), otherwise I was considering the option of bailing forward and off the chair instead of either having my skis ripped off / broken or possibly sustaining a knee or leg injury.  It must have been pretty hilarious to watch but me and the guy next to me were both pissed at the time.

post #6 of 42

I had trouble riding a t-bar at Wildcat. If I rode with my dad, he'd keep us down on the snow, but if I rode alone, I'd be up in the air.


I had an entertaining fall from a lift at Aspen during the Nationals there around 2004. The temps never got blow freezing at night so the snow was rotten and melting fast. I had just finished my SG run and was getting on the lower Tiehack lift with a buddy. The tip of my 209cm SG ski caught in the soft snow of the ramp and I couldn't pull it out and the binding wasn't going to release. So in what seemed like slow motion I twisted around on the seat until I finally fell out onto my back. Of course, there was no snow where I fell, rather a mud puddle about 6 inches deep. Those lucky enough to be at the base found it great fun to watch.

post #7 of 42

About100 times.


Like mastersracer, I was too small to hold down a t-bar. My sister and I together were too small.  My parents wern't going to waste a day skiing with the kids, so we had to hang out calling single? single?  People would frantically look for an alternative, because riding a T with a short kid is tough on the legs, but left to ourselves, it just picked us up, rotated us sideways and dumped us.


Chairs were tough too.  In the early days you loaded from the side, turned frantically to get the skis straight, and in my case, I had to time a jump to get up to the seat.  If I miss-timed the jump I'd get scooped and tossed.

post #8 of 42

I've been shoved out of the way by an idiot deciding he couldn't wait for the next chair and leaping onto ours and sitting down right where my butt was aimed.  Ended, along with the guy next to me, in the pit below.  Managed to somehow stay upright in spite of a 3 foot drop due to the way the pit is cut.  Fortunately for me, the other guy was cussing the idiot so loudly and forcefully I just could stay quiet. 


Hey, gapers!  If you aren't moving up WITH the group, wait for the NEXT chair!!

post #9 of 42

Haven't fallen, but come close a few times.  Squeezed to the side so I wasn't really on the chair -- the first few feet as I squirmed the rest of the way in were exciting.


I've also been daydreaming and caught my ski tip in soft snow under the lift (that chair was close to the ground for quite awhile before it climbed away).  The ski came off and nearly pulled me out of the chair.  That was embarrassing.

post #10 of 42
Never fallen off; almost jumped off during a nearly 2 hour lift break down two seasons ago. A couple people behind me were jumping off, but it was about a 12 foot drop below me onto some rocks/ice so decided to wait it out.
post #11 of 42

Never fell but jumped off because I dropped my poles.

post #12 of 42

At Snoqualmie Summit in the early sixties, there was a midway loading platform on their only chairlift. I was riding up alone and somebody else loaded onto the chair with me. I wasn't ready for the sudden decelleration and went shooting off the platform into as pile of snow. I was in Junior High and more or less a beginner.

post #13 of 42

I've fallen off lifts twice.  The first time I caught the tip of my ski on a mound snow that formed just above the loading point.  I had some Tyrolia bindings w/out upward release at the toe and was pull off.  I landed on the sharp ice tip of my Scott pole which went through the fleece jacket I had on and managed leave a nice scar.  I was lucky it only cut me and that I didn't end up with a puncture wound.  The second time I was riding with the same friend as the first time and he made the mistake I made...only instead if him getting pulled off the chair it swung backward and I got thrown off in to some mud.  Its probably a good thing that doesn't ski anymore.

post #14 of 42

last year a guy I know  (a ski tips swinger-chair bouncer)  stuck a tip in the snow mid ride where the chair skimmed over the surface. seemed like if he had had the bar down, with that high din, he could have been broken in half. so is this an argument for not using the bar?


had to jump off the top of Oly chair last year. they had a mechanical. had one re-start left to empty the chairs. didn't notice a few of us still on the chair in the fog and stopped the lift. couldn't re-start it. I had to jump or sit a long time. it was only a 4 feet drop, but onto firm snow-cat tracks, flat terrain, under the lift. hurt a bit, and only a few feet. a real eye opener for jumping very far.

post #15 of 42

Well, this year at Sierra at Tahoe, a tree fell on the cable and caused several people in nearby chairs (without the bar down) to be ejected upwards and out.  So the bar helping vs. hurting can definitely go both ways.

post #16 of 42

I have, but it wasn't my fault in the least. 


Bosquet, the Berkshire bump.  Night skiing with friends with some newbies we were trying to convert a few years ago.  Getting on their main lodge double which has a nifty bar up the middle, my friend loses her balance and starts to fall to the outside- instead of just rolling out she grabs me to pull herself back onto the chair.  It worked great for her, she sat right down no problem.  In saving herself though, she pulled me directly in front of the bar, which collided hard with my helmet.  I of course being totally sober and a certified genius tried to recover in fashion that can only be described as crabwalk meets spiderman ...  So I got to fall about ten feet to the ground, lost a ski and got a full ovation from the liftline- who all watched her lose it, save herself and smoke me with the chair.  Good times.   

post #17 of 42

No. I stuck my poles in the ground while getting onto Chair 1 at Loveland many moons ago, but luckily I was in between my brother and his friend, who pulled me back on by my elbows. And the first time I rode a poma (platter), I sat down and it bounced me into the woods, I think I was 6.

post #18 of 42

Does a T-Bar count?  Caught a groove while daydreaming, fought to recover, tried to get back on........had to do the Snowplow of Shame back down.


Funny in retrospect, but not at the time.

post #19 of 42

A year and a half ago,  I had a loose strap from my backpack catch on the chair (unbeknowst to me) on the Tye Mill lift at Stevens Pass;  as I got off, the chair was pulling me along backwards until I got myself loose as it went aroudd the bullwheel, spinning me around.    Bit of a sore shoulder but no damage, other than my pride.    Good times. 

post #20 of 42

I have fallen off a rope tow... never a real lift though.

post #21 of 42

Not sure it's falling, my ego would say I was pulled, but either way I came off...  Late spring day a couple years ago at St Louis' local place - you know the ones, coupla hundred vert and all that...


Anyway, it's really really sloppy at the bottom, just past the load ramp is a nice mud puddle of melt.  A (very) lesser skilled skier loaded really late and was sideways.  He got on the chair but couldn't stay on and as he rotated off, he pulled me with him.  No one was hurt and all who witnessed had a good laugh but I did spend a solid ten minutes at the top wiping off with handfuls of snow to get the bulk of the mud off me...

post #22 of 42

decided to play the game of G.N.A.R, pissed off a big guy on the chair in front of me saying how i was the best skiier on the mountain. me and my friends hopped off before the unloading station cuz this guy was so pissed at us.

post #23 of 42
Thread Starter 

The game of GNAR?


post #24 of 42

Originally Posted by dwoof2 View Post

The game of GNAR?



post #25 of 42

Anyone on this forum who claims never to have fallen off a lift either a) started skiing after the age of 10, or b) has never taken any lift not servicing bunny-hill green, or c) needs to get that early onset dementia checked. Truth. 

post #26 of 42

Fallen off a lift mid-span, or fell while getting off the lift?

post #27 of 42

Huh?  When I was a little kid I never once fell off a lift, but I definitely crashed after getting off the chair... is that what you mean?

Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Anyone on this forum who claims never to have fallen off a lift either a) started skiing after the age of 10, or b) has never taken any lift not servicing bunny-hill green, or c) needs to get that early onset dementia checked. Truth. 


post #28 of 42
Originally Posted by jaytierney View Post

Huh?  When I was a little kid I never once fell off a lift, but I definitely crashed after getting off the chair... is that what you mean?

Nope, I mean slipped off the chair as it was in motion. Typically just after you get on, or in the act of getting on. Once in a while getting off. Rarely in midstream, although it happens. Think about the size and arm strength of a 4 to 8 year old, for instance, and then look at the speed of most older chairs and their height off the surface of the snow at entry. It's amazing any kid got on and stayed on. Unless you're talking a modern quad that nearly stops, and even then it's nontrivial. Which is why parents and instructors do the helping for a while, positioning, ready to lift if needed, arm across the chest, the whole maneuver. Then you're on your own, and you don't make it once or twice or three times, but after a while you learn to cling for dear life until you're big enough to just sit back and down and relax and not lunge for that glove that just dropped. Then you're fine until high school when your buddies start goofing with you as you get on. Or college when you've decided three beer lunches are good for your skiing. Or any random day when that idiot who decides to skate up next to you and get on at the last second, and then falls out,  pushing you sideways and forward. You get the idea. It happens sooner or later unless you just ski veeery slow chairs that the operator stops for you, or started skiing when you were 15. So by elimination you've just qualified for my category three. wink.gif


post #29 of 42
Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Anyone on this forum who claims never to have fallen off a lift either a) started skiing after the age of 10, or b) has never taken any lift not servicing bunny-hill green, or c) needs to get that early onset dementia checked. Truth. 

Um. I never fell off, and I started at 4. My kids were 3 and 6, they never fell off. And we have ridden plenty of non-detachable lifts. My nieces and nephews, same ... Truth.

post #30 of 42

48 seasons so far and the only thing I've fallen from is a rope tow.  I've ridden LOTS of fixed grip chairs of every stripe and had a couple of close calls, but never fallen off.

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