Originally Posted by clink83
I'm 6'4. I hate people who use the bar with a passion, for obvious reasons.
Get over it and learn to put your hand up in case someone is going to pull the bar down.
You can bet it's the sue happy american culture with a lack of "personal responsibility" being taken by skiers that all the bars are being installed.
It's tragic also but Alta had a fatality a few years back from a child sliding off the chair.
Sugarbowl last season had a fatality. I think it was 7 yr old.
Many of the other resorts that put them in suddenly probably had fatalities or close calls as well.
I know Snowmass, the lift operators lower the bar for kids riding alone on several of the chairs. They also try to pair up kids with willing adults so that kids are not riding alone.
Sugarbowl has very strict policy on bar usage for kids. If a child is under a certain height without an adult, the lift op is mandated to assist with loading and to lower the bar.
For our ski school instructors, We have to call out to the lift ops person that "we will handle the bar" if we don't want them to lower it automatically. When I'm working with real small kids, Often I'm bent over making sure the kids are all the way on and if the lift op doesn't see that they lower the bar before I get a chance to sit back so I always take responsibility for lowering the bar. If I'm one on one and having to lift a child into the chair, I'm happy that the lift op is lowering the bar so I can concentrate on the child.