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Backpack rules in Europe

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
What are the rules about backpacks on the chair lifts in Europe.

IE some Canadian resorts will not let you load the chair wearing a back pack, it must be taken of before Hand.

Inquiring about:
Les 3 Vallee
Tignes
Chamoix
Zermatt
Engadin
St. Anton
Solden

Thanks.... more on why later.
post #2 of 16
In France.
Do as you wish, just be careful, use common sense :
No strictly enforced policy I'm aware of regarding backpack. But it's frequently recommended that you take it in hand. (for a reasonably sized pack, of course). It's equaly frequent to keep the pack on...
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks.

If people would just drop the safety bar and wiggle before offlaoding to ensure they are free and clear it really isn't an issue.

If the bag is bigger then it's a no brainer to take it off.

Isn't it a no brainer to drop the bar and wiggle to ensure you are free before the top anyway?
post #4 of 16

backpacks

Just back from St Anton; no rules or restrictions regarding packs. Lots of folks enjoying the extra carrying capacity. dg
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
how are the conditions at St. Anton?
post #6 of 16
Carry the pack on your lap. Wiggling might only help get the waist strap buckle or some other bit stuck between the slats.

So you won the qualifier to compete in the Xwing challenge?
post #7 of 16
No problem anywhere in Europe. Be careful the straps and buckles don't snag anything. I've had my patrol pack taken by the chair a few times.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
So you won the qualifier to compete in the Xwing challenge?
No we didn't win the qualifier but..... we did win the online Secret Spot contest.

Sadly my team mate wrecked his ankle Free skiing Friday before the event. He had to sit out the whole weekend without skiing.

Thankfully he is a healthy guy, his ankle is much better and he will get a second chance to race over 7 days.

I'm sure it's your vote that got us the win.
post #9 of 16
Last year St Anton was no problem with a pack, can't imagine it's changed. Can't help with any of the others.

J
post #10 of 16
In general nobody cares but as mentioned watch the pack or buckles not being caught by the chair.

That said, at some places like Cham they require you to put it off the back before loading the tram, especially when packed entirely full and/or with axes or crampons attached to it - for space reasons.
post #11 of 16
I've seen signs asking that you take it off your back on the lift, but like many rules in Europe that pretty much gets ignored.

As always, so long as you're not being a jerk, you've got no problems.
post #12 of 16
I moved to Switzerland from the US last summer and have been skiing at various Swiss and Austrian areas this winter. Many areas have signs telling you to doff the backpack and have it in your lap on chairlifts/sesselbahns..

At areas where I've seen the sign, I saw maybe 1 in 5 people (if that) obey the rule. I did it once....and then saw so many people ignoring it that I too ignored it, with not even a raised eyebrow. (using a realtively small, streamlined pack)

I think you just need to be careful and not have too many "danglies"....like everything else here, they assume you are responsible for your own actions and don't get militant about rules like this. Most lifts I've been at here have someone watching in a booth, but no one outside helping to board the lift.

My $0.02

Chris
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post
I've seen signs asking that you take it off your back on the lift, but like many rules in Europe that pretty much gets ignored.

As always, so long as you're not being a jerk, you've got no problems.
There are signs at many of the French resorts to take your pack off and carry it.

But like closed runs, it's a suggestion. Not a rule.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input.

As it turns out we have to have either back protection or a backpack to compete. A odd request but a sensible one anyway.

I will likely try to make do with my camel back as thats what I am used to. If the bag is small I won't bring as much useless junk onto the hill anyway.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb View Post
Thanks.

If people would just drop the safety bar and wiggle before offlaoding to ensure they are free and clear it really isn't an issue.

Isn't it a no brainer to drop the bar and wiggle to ensure you are free before the top anyway?
I : suppose
post #16 of 16
Les 3 Vallees: I skied with a daypack in Jan for 6 days, no problem at all. The charlift seats are a little deeper than the american ones; however, exercise the normal caution when loading a lift with one...
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