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How Not to Exit a Lift

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Here is a textbook vid on how not to get off at the top:

http://www.break.com/index/badski1.html

Mark
post #2 of 23
do you see his skis swing AROUND the stop gate. If he would have hit that the lift would have stopped.

I wonder how long it took the lifty to stop the lift!
post #3 of 23
I wonder if that was his jacket or a fanny strap caught on the chair?
post #4 of 23
Haha that was hilarious. Kind of reminds me of spring break at Vail.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I wonder if that was his jacket or a fanny strap caught on the chair?
That was really funny. Probably a jacket or something.
post #6 of 23
"check for loose clothing"

he will never ignore that sign again!
post #7 of 23
Brilliant!!!!! Warren Miller never got one like that.
post #8 of 23

Wow!

Now I have a better reason to be nervous about lifts!!

Chrisfish
post #9 of 23
Not so funny for me. Twenty-five years ago I was going up the chair lift at a local area. The seat was made of thin slats of wood. I was wearing a jacket with those toggle fixtures that you squeeze to tighten or release. One of them at the jacket hem slipped in between the slats. When I got up, the chair swung around, yanked me off my feet over the trip wire and threw me into the wall of the warming hut. I have had periodic problems with my back ever since. Could have been a lot worse.
post #10 of 23
Great FUNNY Video! A few other lift stories...

This past weekend a guy 3 chairs ahead of me fell sound asleep on the chair and went completely around the bullwheel before the liftie noticed "Rip Van Winkle" on skis and stopped the chair...to more than a few jeers. Early morn on the 18th after St Patties day......may have been a factor??? or just clueless more likely

Also long time ago I saw someone on a rope tow being dragged up the slope BY THEIR NECK with one end of their scarf wrapped around their neck and the other around the rope...The lift was shut down as the scarf entered the bullwheel...can only imagined what COULD have happened if the liftie was sleeping..
post #11 of 23
For some reason, the web site is labled at adult content, so my corporate network blocked it.

But here's a story for you. When I was teaching at Ski Liberty in the mid 80s, a liftie was goofing off after hours, and rode the lift to the top and was going to stay on for the ride back down. As he went around the bullwheel people claimed that he reached to touch the tower that the bull wheel rides on, and fell off the chair. He fell about 10 feet and came down on a picket snow fencce. He hit it with the back of his neck and it killed him. He was a nice kid.
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
Funny for me as well. My wife did one of these on a low snow year over at Alta on the Wildcat lift. Her water bottle caught in the webbing strap on the seat back and she couldn't get off. As I skied down the exit ramp I could see her rising above me, then all the sudden when her skis were about head high she dropped. All I could see was two machetes scything towards me then whummmp she landed and skied off like nothing happened. 'Bout gave me a heart attack. Heh. She still talks about it every time she rides Wildcat. Me, I just cross my fingers. I survived that one but will I survive the next?

Mark
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JohnH
For some reason, the web site is labled at adult content, so my corporate network blocked it.
The site does contain NSFW pics and movies but it contains all kinds of other strange and interesting stuff as well.

Mark
post #14 of 23
O.K. How do you view this video? I get a sign-on for your monthly video message.
post #15 of 23
I've had the buckle of my waist pack catch in the slats of the backrest of the chair I was riding on. I couldn't get it undone in time, so I started going around the bullwheel. I was able to reach down and kick the emergency stop bar. The liftie came over and managed to get my fanny pack freed, and then I just jumped off. I heard about that one from the rest of the crowd on the lift.

My other chairlift unloading disaster story occurred at Fernie (or Panorama; I forget which now). Some of us were riding one of the t-bars. My friend Deena (on the t-bar ahead of me with somebody else) got to the unloading portion safely, but when they released the t-bar it snagged Deena's coat, lifted her up and unceremoniously dropped her into a snowbank. She went for quite the flight; thankfully she was unhurt.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by SkiFox
O.K. How do you view this video? I get a sign-on for your monthly video message.
Heh. The vid is playing just below the message you are looking at. Enlarge your screen and scroll down.

Mark
post #17 of 23
Way back in 1985 I was riding a "boomerang" style chair that went over a ridge in Val 'd Isere. When disembarking, I managed to get my boots stuck under the chair and couldn't move off. After much gnashing and frustration, I managed to bounce myself enough to release my boots from the char just prior to rounding the bull wheel The rears of those Salomon SX-91 Equipe boots stood pretty high!
post #18 of 23
When I was little I was riding up a lift at Snowbird and my jacket caught on the seat. I went around the wheel and slid forward on the lift to the point where I was hanging on the lift by my jacket. I fell about 10 feet into a pile of conveniently placed fluffy snow. My family was scared as anything, but I had fun!

Lately it's been more of a worry for me now that I started wearing a backpack. I normal shake around on the chair to make sure nothing is caught at about the same time I lift the bar.
post #19 of 23
DF--I watched a little guy do that at Mt. Hood Meadows a couple of years ago. He has dangling in the air, the liftie threw the switch, and a couple of guys untangled the kid and pulled him down. His family was pretty freaked out, and I don't think the kid had as much fun as you did.
post #20 of 23
Or get on one.

Brother in law beats me to the t bar at breck early am late feb this year, midweek, no one there but the one liftie. He decides to go alone, bad choice. He somehow gets partially on the bar sideways, it hooks and turns him sideways and"skis" him into the lift building, tbar comes loose and with wicked speed swings wildly into liftie, knocking him down and temporarily out. We are stunned, and take our skis off to help. Find shut off and do our best to help. No other employee there yet, so I rummage around to find communication and talk to someone to get help.

Liftie comes around and we wait until help arrives, about 5 minutes. Give names and they take him away on snowmobile. We follow up at days end and he is fine and no problems since then apparantly. Crazy start to the day, to say the least!!!
post #21 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
For some reason, the web site is labled at adult content, so my corporate network blocked it.

But here's a story for you. When I was teaching at Ski Liberty in the mid 80s, a liftie was goofing off after hours, and rode the lift to the top and was going to stay on for the ride back down. As he went around the bullwheel people claimed that he reached to touch the tower that the bull wheel rides on, and fell off the chair. He fell about 10 feet and came down on a picket snow fencce. He hit it with the back of his neck and it killed him. He was a nice kid.
I raced at Liberty in the mid-eighties. I have always wanted to "go back" to see what it is like......I never have. I'll be in Baltimore next weekend so I could drive up. How far 45 minutes? Would be interesting.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by lloyd braun
I raced at Liberty in the mid-eighties. I have always wanted to "go back" to see what it is like......I never have. I'll be in Baltimore next weekend so I could drive up. How far 45 minutes? Would be interesting.
If you are starting from downtown baltimore, it'll take longer than that. Probably 90 minutes. They claim an hour from the beltway, but if you are downrown, it takes time to get to the beltway. If you are NW of the city, it'll take less time.

www.skiliberty.com
http://www.skiliberty.com/directions.htm
post #23 of 23
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Not so funny for me. Twenty-five years ago I was going up the chair lift at a local area. The seat was made of thin slats of wood. I was wearing a jacket with those toggle fixtures that you squeeze to tighten or release. One of them at the jacket hem slipped in between the slats. When I got up, the chair swung around, yanked me off my feet over the trip wire and threw me into the wall of the warming hut. I have had periodic problems with my back ever since. Could have been a lot worse.
Yeah, someone could have caught it on film...
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