Originally Posted by epic
In my experience, it can be true. Once you have figured out the "rules", it's not that bad. They're not malicious about it, they're just doing it how they do it.
It's true, it's just how they do it. If you're getting on something like a gondola, there's the mad rush and scramble and once you're in it's all forgotten as if nothing happened. If it went down like that in the US, you'd be close to having a fight once you got inside the gondola.
So if you approach the line situation with the same expectations as lines in North America, you will constantly be frustrated, annoyed and at war. You just have to accept it and approach it like a sport. If you have a group and want to stay together on a gondola, you have to strategize and do things like throw blocks to ensure your whole group gets on.
Any open space, and that means like 2 inches, is an opening to put skis through. If you're squemish about your top sheets, you'll really have to defend your space, but you're probably better off renting skis or you'll spend a lot of time moaning about them and won't enjoy the actual skiing part.
So the question that would make a difference would be "What are the rules for getting on European ski lifts?" I hesitate to call them "lines".