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post #61 of 80
I use the poles for extra leverage when I slam my legs off the chair like I am leaving a world cup starting gate.
post #62 of 80
Bump for another great thread.
post #63 of 80

Speaking of straps

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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Bump for another great thread.
Speaking of straps. .

I was at Snowmass earlier this year and a loose strap on my glove caught between the support pole of the chair and the seatback. I noticed halfway up the lift ride and it took a good 45 seconds to dislodge it, and a SIGNIFICANT amount of force.

There is no question in my mind that had I not been aware of the snag, there would have been an egregious scene at the off-load ramp up top.

-s
post #64 of 80
my polze are green. I mite getsome red ones.
post #65 of 80
Weird thread. I am a bar down guy but I like to fiddle with my boots.

Hold poles in one hand against shoulder and use other hand to push off the seat by butt.
post #66 of 80
Chare lifts are hard to ride. thats why i Always make the guy slow it way down. Cuz i'M slow.
post #67 of 80
Chair lifts are a fad.

Proper etiquette for unloading a real lift: do not pull the rope way to the side and let go of it with a snap.

Also: let go before you get to the wheel. But that's not really so much an etiquette rule.
post #68 of 80
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post
Proper etiquette for unloading a real lift: do not pull the rope way to the side and let go of it with a snap.
Also hold the rope down if there is a little one in front of or behind you. This keeps them from hanging in mid-air.
post #69 of 80
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Originally Posted by trochilids View Post
HI Epic,
watch over outside shoulder...
um,

why

did your lift area teach you this

thats cute
post #70 of 80
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post
real lift: rope?
hummuna hummana?
post #71 of 80
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Originally Posted by Summit View Post
Safety bars are for kids safety. If you aren't a kid and you put down the safety bar, you are a gaper. You get one freebie a day and you'd better be adjusting equipment or have legs of fire because you just ripped an aweomse powderline into a 2000vert bumpline. Otherwise, you are a gaper.

It is your duty as a skier to train all gapers to say "bar" as a warning before they slam the bar down (so you can move your head/poles/legs/crotch out of the path of the bar).
Actually when you sign your lift ticket/ season pass waiver you make an undertaking to use all provided safety equipment, obey all safety signs and requests or instructions from uniformed staff. This obviously includes the safety bars on chairs.

It is the 'tough man' attitude like your above that sets a bad example for those that are being introduced to the sport, especially children.

As for poles, straps off in the maze, held in one hand, underarm grip, tips pointing forward so that you can do the lifties favourite and stab them when the chair catches you by surprise because you are too busy talking to mates or listening to iTunes. It also stops the other favourite of punching your chair neighbour in the face with the pole handles.

There are many people that shouldn't be allowed to ski let alone allowed poles but we do live in a democracy after all and if they pay they can play.
post #72 of 80
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Originally Posted by JackFrost View Post
Some etiquette and rules:

Don't step on people's skis in the lift line.

Wait until everyone is seated and knows its coming before you slam the bar down on everyones head.

Don't kick snow off your skis while riding the lift by smacking your skis together. This could cause the bindings to release and send the skis onto someone's head.

Understand that an alternating load line doesn't mean you are next after the people in front of you load.

Boarders wait until you are clear of the ramp area to plant your arse down on the snow and adjust your bindings.

Ladies wait until you are clear of the ramp area before stopping to chat with your friends.

Either ride with the safety bar up or down. Dont put it down then decide halfway through the ride you want it up.

If you think you are going to fall don't panic and flail your arms around and take everyone else out. Slide down on your butt.

Did I mention don't mill around the unloading ramp?
Dang! You're definitely not from Europe!
post #73 of 80
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Originally Posted by Docjoque View Post
Dang! You're definitely not from Europe!
Or Merica. One more, don't stop at the bottom in front of the damn lift line gate so you block it for everyone else trying to get on the chairs,OK.:
post #74 of 80
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Originally Posted by Summit View Post
Safety bars are for kids safety. If you aren't a kid and you put down the safety bar, you are a gaper. You get one freebie a day and you'd better be adjusting equipment or have legs of fire because you just ripped an aweomse powderline into a 2000vert bumpline. Otherwise, you are a gaper.
Winter Park used to have a long, slow fixed-grip chair that took over 20 minutes if it didn't stop, which it inevitably did. I used to lower the bar, put my feet on the foot rest, and take a nap on the way up (or at least pretend to). I'd ask the other person on the chair to wake me up when we approached the top.

But then, I am a gaper!

The proper way to load a chair is to push yourself out to the loading point and position yourself just close enough to one end of the chair so that someone only has half a space. Stick your poles in the ramp and lean on them so that the chair will bend or break them when it arrives. After dropping your bent poles, don't sit down, but allow the chair to push you off the end of the ramp. Fall face down in the snow. Blame the lift op and threaten to sue. Tell him or her that you are an expert skier and that this never happened to you at Dear Valley. You should be wearing plug boots two sizes too large that you got on ebay, and at least $1500 worth of high fashion ski clothing.:
post #75 of 80
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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post

It is the 'tough man' attitude like your above that sets a bad example for those that are being introduced to the sport, especially children.
When I was "introduced to the sport", I was expected to get my a$$ out into the glare ice loading zone and sit down on the fixed grip chair travelling at 20 mph manned by a drunk liftie. There were no safety bars and the chairs were far scarier than anything I've ever seen out west. I turned out ok. Then again, people who expect stuff like safety bars are the same people who are stuck at low-intermediate flailing down flat groomers at 10mph because they're terrified of everything around them. Fact of the matter is, some people just shouldn't ski. Which brings us to..

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There are many people that shouldn't be allowed to ski let alone allowed poles but we do live in a democracy after all and if they pay they can play.
A prime example of my distaste for democracy.
post #76 of 80
I got my ass chewed out by an instructor because I was about to get off the lift and I didn't have my poles in just one hand holding them in the middle.
post #77 of 80

Hold them where?

Did you tell him to hold his between his legs and plant them firmly in the snow before he stood up and got out of the way real slow?
post #78 of 80
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I got my ass chewed out by an instructor because I was about to get off the lift and I didn't have my poles in just one hand holding them in the middle.
so when did ski instructors become lift nazis?,,, thus another reson i have a distaste for thier holier than thou attitude, towards the rest of the sking community
post #79 of 80
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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
The proper way to load a chair is to push yourself out to the loading point and position yourself just close enough to one end of the chair so that someone only has half a space. Stick your poles in the ramp and lean on them so that the chair will bend or break them when it arrives. After dropping your bent poles, don't sit down, but allow the chair to push you off the end of the ramp. Fall face down in the snow. Blame the lift op and threaten to sue. Tell him or her that you are an expert skier and that this never happened to you at Dear Valley. You should be wearing plug boots two sizes too large that you got on ebay, and at least $1500 worth of high fashion ski clothing.:

dude that is just awesome
post #80 of 80
The only problem I ever had was courtesy of...










...a snowblader.
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