Originally Posted by prickly
I think in Europe they'd stop a chair if they saw someone hadn't lowered it.
Not too likely. I found many European lifties are totally NOT into their job. They hardly notice someone has fallen off, let alone someone left the bar up.
By myself, I don't bother with the bar. So I would vote "Never". And I did get asked by my British friends why I don't feel scared with the bar open. Well, how can one explain what one don't feel?
Though that doesn't mean the bar is not down when I'm on the chair. I found the a lot of people like to have the bar down. So I never have to do it myself. Just mindful to stay out of the way. Whoever wants it down, they go ahead and pull it down. But if anyone expect me to do it, they'd be waiting till the chair got to the top!
The few times I rode with children, I've been asked (by the little ones) to lower it for them since some of them aren't big enough to do it yet. For that, I do it for them.
There's something irresistable about request coming from children, especially ones wearing skis!
In short, if I'm with anyone else on the chair, chances are the bar is down. On my own, I leave it up. I've not had much trouble from the lifties with that either.