Originally Posted by sibhusky
I initially thought, how come I don't know the answer to this question? I've ridden the chair with a ton of these guys. Then I realized I always pull the bar down to use the foot rest. So I wouldn't see anything weird about the skis dangling. On top of that we allow uphill travel here.
Originally Posted by gmoney
My thought would be without the attachment at the heel, the skis would just hang from the toe. If that is true, is there any way to control them in the wind, or do they just swing until back on the ground?
Have you figured out why they don't flop around yet, even without the lift bar?
Part 1: Take a ruler and hold it between thumb and forefinger. Except hold it not quite in the middle, make the part away from your hand longer than the part under your palm. Does the part under your palm flop towards the ground?
Part 2: Have a look at the front of a teleboot. See the bellows there? Every part of the boot in front of those bellows stays attached to the ski at a constant distance, no matter what. If it doesn't, the binding is bad. Therefore in order for the tail to flop, the bellows need to be compressed.
So, yes, it would be easy to make a flopping ski by mounting the binding to or ahead of the balance point (where shovel and tail are equal) and by making the bellows of the boot have a compression resistance comparable to tissue paper. Except no one does that because doing either one of those things makes the ski and the boot bad for their skiing purpose.