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safety alert/suspenders

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Just got a e-mail from one of the staff at Ascutney. Many of the kids like to ski with the suspenders dangling and off their shoulders.

They tangled in the slats of the chair and the kid was dangling for thirty minutes before they got him down. The photo wasn't too clear but some how he must have missed the stop wand at the top wheel and it appears he had quite a ride back down.

Coaches and parents, please pass this down the line.

Funny, I used to flag this all the time with the "biker dudes" showing up for lessons in jeans with those dangling "Harley wallet chains" .... and watched the race crew doing it all the time never making the connection.
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
To take a it of sport with a bad situation, how would you rule this under USSA rule 613.6 ...... "force majeure"

post #3 of 12

Captain Safety!!

Thanks, I "fix" my son all the time and he is beginning to see the wisdom of not having straps hanging out. After I had him "change" at the bottom of the lift on a sub zero day he is much more attentive! I will show him your post tonight. This will help. Bolter
BTW, the chair does not have to be slatted for the hang-up to happen. Do you have a photo?
post #4 of 12
Almost all of the people I raced with used to do that, almost like it was part of the "racer look." I never had suspender pants or shorts, but everyone used to do that. I guess people will learn eventually...
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

suspended animation?

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
They tangled in the slats of the chair and the kid was dangling for thirty minutes before they got him down.

why not just keep running the lift and give everybody a good look.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ryel, I was thinking the same thing at first, the idea just to get him back down and all. But there may have been and probably were some taller towers and/or a ravine on the way down so they didn't want to risk the difference between a thirty or fifty foot fall if the suspenders failed.

I also have a feeling looking at the angle of the dangle that this young man was going to have a bit of a problem with the "ladies" for a week or two.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
To answer the question regardin "force majeure" and getting a late start, my guess is that the TD would not have awarded him a start but would have granted a start to any racers stuck on the lift.

Kinda' academic for the kid because I don't think he was going to be much in the mood for any hard pushing of any kind.

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post #9 of 12
Bolter,

You make sure you keep Rick safe.. btw, how is he after his fall onto the rock on Sunday? When Stephen, Christina, and him get together, I think they spend more time roaming through the woods than they do on trails.

BTW; this is Chris. See you Saturday!
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
He couldn't kick his skis off and heel-hook his way back onto the chair? Lame...
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ryel View Post
why not just keep running the lift and give everybody a good look.
Hunter Mountain, top of "F" lift- On a beautiful spring day a couple of years ago with a lot of people hanging out at the top of the mountain, a guy got his suspenders caught and by the time they stopped the chair, he was hanging by his ski pants around his ankles. It took several minutes to get him down while everyone was looking and laughing at his fire-engine red long johns.
post #12 of 12
Thank God for union suits. That coulda got ugly.
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