How to Get Off a Chairlift

How to Get Off a Chairlift
Your inaugural exit from the comfort of a chairlift seat will elicit some apprehension, but it need not be feared. A few simple steps will make it nearly a slam-dunk success, and if you fall down, so what? On a snowboard, the process is slightly more complicated, but some balance practice before boarding a lift will build your confidence and competence.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Skiers

Things You’ll Need:
  • Skis/snowboard Ski or snowboard boots Ski poles for skiers
  • Skis/snowboard
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Ski poles for skiers
Step 1
Free your hands of loose items and lift the safety bar.
Step 2
Grasp your poles, one in each hand, pointing their tips away from other passengers and keeping them high so they won't drag on the ramp, wrist loops not attached.
Step 3
Point the tips of the skis upward at a gentle angle while you're approaching the lift station, so they will not catch the snow.
Step 4
Hold the seat or armrest for balance. Relax your legs and prepare to stand up normally, with your skis flat on the snow.
Step 5
Look ahead for people or other obstructions. Stand up after the chair has passed over the top of the mound of snow at the lift station (you feel a balance point) and push off chair.
Step 6
Glide a safe distance away from the chairlift ramp, to one side.

Snowboards

Step 1
Practice keeping your balance. Because your front foot will be strapped in and the back foot will be left free to push and turn, practice pushing ahead with the free foot, first on flat ground and then while sliding down a gentle slope, pushing the back foot against the front of the back binding. With knees slightly bent and arms out for balance, work toward comfortable weight distribution.
Step 2
On the lift, turn your body sideways so that the snowboard (tip up) and front foot face the exit platform and ramp.
Step 3
Place your hand on the back of the chair, raise the safety bar and let fellow passengers know which direction you are getting off so they can avoid colliding with your board.
Step 4
When board touches the snow on the platform, gently push off the chairlift, using its motion to help propel you.
Step 5
Stand up, and, leaning slightly forward, place the rear foot against the rear binding or on the stomp pad between the bindings and extend your arms.
Step 6
Keep your head down and slide down the ramp until you are clear of the next group getting off the lift.

Article Written By Barry Truman

Barry Truman has published many outdoor activity articles in the past five years with International Real Travel Adventures, the Everett Herald and Seattle Post Intelligencer newspapers, Backpacking Light Magazine and Trails.com. He has a forestry degree from the University of Washington.

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