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Insructional Video: How To Cut A Lift Line

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Sliding past lollygaggers is not cutting.
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European skiers like to do that.
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Originally Posted by borntoski683 View Post
European skiers like to do that.
Ok, any european nationality in particular...
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That ain't cutting lift line. There's no real line if everybody is just walking at their own pace instead of having to be held up by the person in front of them.
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Sliding past lollygaggers is not cutting.
Yeah, but take in consideration that this is only a demo and the purpose is to show you the right moves and technique .
post #7 of 17

i wouldnt call this cutting

but if it were, sharp tungsten carbide tips have many uses
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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post
Ok, any european nationality in particular...
Someday if you ski in the US or canada you will see what I mean. For some odd reason North americans take standing in line in an organized fashion as serious business...cutting is extremely taboo. I spent a year skiing a lot in europe and found that the entire standing in line culture throughout the places I skied in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to be that you have to push and shove your way to the front of the line and cut everyone off you can, and if you don't...they will sense weakness in you and do it to you and you will never get to the front of the line.

A german friend of mine came to visit me in Whistler once and the first time he headed to a line he immediately start inching his skis in front of other folks and trying to squeeze his way to the front. I held him back and he looked at me like "what?". I pointed around at all the other people that were patiently waiting their turn and either being directed by a liftee to alternate in an organized fashion or else they were doing it on their own. He was instantly embarrassed and conformed just fine.

ps - I experienced it the worst in Italy...
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Originally Posted by borntoski683 View Post
Someday if you ski in the US or canada you will see what I mean. For some odd reason North americans take standing in line in an organized fashion as serious business...cutting is extremely taboo. I spent a year skiing a lot in europe and found that the entire standing in line culture throughout the places I skied in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to be that you have to push and shove your way to the front of the line and cut everyone off you can, and if you don't...they will sense weakness in you and do it to you and you will never get to the front of the line.

A german friend of mine came to visit me in Whistler once and the first time he headed to a line he immediately start inching his skis in front of other folks and trying to squeeze his way to the front. I held him back and he looked at me like "what?". I pointed around at all the other people that were patiently waiting their turn and either being directed by a liftee to alternate in an organized fashion or else they were doing it on their own. He was instantly embarrassed and conformed just fine.

ps - I experienced it the worst in Italy...
I know what you are talking about and one particular nationality sticks out in your post that is pritty famous for being the second worst in lift lines. I dont get it, they are very organized and polite elswhere but in a lift line anything goes.

Italians (not ranked by general opinion number one) are not organized, they have a hot temper and they are loud. If you say its bad I believe you.
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Wow, I guess there is a downside to skiing getting more popular. Its good that ski school usually can pass. Good selling pich as well .
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matt7180, where was that horrible line? YUCK!
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My swiss instructor here in Oz didn't feel that queues applied to him. I'd follow him down to the lift maze, and he'd keep the same speed and wriggle/slide/slalom through the entire thing to the front! I'd follow, but am sure that I'll go to Hell for it. When lines were being rigorously enforced, he'd go to the front, pretend he was there to chat to the lifties, then after a token chat, get on the lift.
post #14 of 17
Congrats on being an ass! I would have body checked you off of the rails, especially if you ran over my skis.
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Congrats on being an ass! I would have body checked you off of the rails, especially if you ran over my skis.
Im very careful not to run over other peoples skis because I dont want to damage my edges or the base .

Actually a good way to cut a lift line like that is to pretend you are filming ;. Note that the last guy just before it fades didnt let me by. I still had to wait for the rest of the crew so everyone thaught it was kind of funny.

Im not the type of person that likes to stand in a lift line for hours but Im also dont like to do harm to others so I allways try to avoid lifts that get crowded. Catching the first gondolas in the morning helps and avoiding the sunny side of the mountain in the afternoon. However, if you are approaching a huge lift line some tactics come in handy. Never go and stand in the middle of a line, go stand at eather side. If the lift line has a bend wich is almost allways has pick the outside curve and right next to the fence. This is not cutting the lift line since you are just moving to the speed of that part of the line that is trawelling twise as faast as the inside curve and the middle of the line.

In Norway they have in many places a singles line to fill up the empty seast on multiple chair lifts. This is great for guys like me that mostly ski alone when not working. That cuts my lift line by two thirdes or more without braking the law.
post #16 of 17
I find that planting a ski pole between wannabe line cutters' skis reduces their forward momentum sufficiently. Pole plants do have a use in modern skiing.
post #17 of 17
You gotta be kiddin' me ! Is that what you call lane cutting ? Where's the line ? Those guys randomly standing in the way ?
You should, at least, have shouldered that dude with the grey helmet.

Amateur !
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