Originally Posted by Cheizz
1. Ever shared a chair lift wich Swedish, Dutch or German skiers? No problem (and man, they are tall!)
2. Why do most videos op people (almost) falling off chair lifts come from the US?
3. You can ignore the foot rest if you want. I do too, even with the safety bar closed (which is always, here in Europe).
1. The OP asked why skiers in the US don't put the bar down. We get whacked all the freaking time, to the extent that when I am loading a chair during holiday periods, I am putting my hand up to block a potential bar coming down, until I can be prepared for it. I am over 6 feet tall and wear a backpack which is probably part of the issue. I have to crane my head back to avoid being hit.
2. Who cares? I've never come close to falling off a chairlift. You can find dumbasses anywhere you choose to look, and I am not conceding the spurious anecdotal argument that most videos YOU have seen are from the US.
3. No. Maybe the bars are different, or maybe it is just that where my feet fall suck. Very few rests are comfortable. Either I have to put my foot on the bar causing an unnatural ankle angle which makes my feet uncomfortable, have the skis under the rest and further back which puts pressure on my knees, or, if I am on the outside, hold the skis to one side of the bar which puts pressure on my legs. None of these are as comfortable to me as having my legs hang freely. Near the end of a ski day when my legs are already tired, being forced to do this can trim a run or two off my day. But, I still would freely allow somebody else to put the bar down if they wish.
I'm not compelling you not to use the bar. Go nuts, but at the same time, allow me the common courtesy to explain why I choose not to use it and understand why that is.