Originally Posted by The Big Skibowski
Have you ever been in a long lift line and noticed empty or partially full chairs going up? Scientific studies have proven that this is most often the result of gaper activity (or inactivity) in the loading zone.
MLK day I was skiing solo. As I worked my way through the lift line (there was no designated singles aisle) I spied a noob looking fellow in the wait to load area with a
spouting explitives. I pushed through then and shouted "SINGLE!!!" as I skated up along side while the chair swung round the wheelhouse. He said yes (reluctantly) as pulled along side just in time to sit on the chair. "Are you ready for the bar?" "Yes" he replied so I lowered it just in time to
crack the top of his forehead as he moved in the way while trying to get out of the way. I apologized (I did actually stop the bar just as it tapped his head, saw the accident coming in time to prevent a real whack). I apologized giggling some then we chit chatted some, it was their first day of course. On the way up he tells me that he prefers to ride solo because it is difficult for him to unload at the midway point with another rider on the chair. Rather than give a lecture on how keeping all the seats on a chair full when the lift gets busy can save the planet, I just talked him though strategy unloading, hands forward, don't sit back, etc.. Well, as we arrived at the midway unload station and he panicked, jumped off late, dropped and arms when straight up and back as he wobbled riding his tails straight ahead in to the ropes blocking the end of the catwalk going across
And, that's why we don't let people ride the chairs solo on busy days.