Happens here in NZ.
Generally it is the people who are still learning and are not comfortable strapping in and riding off a chairlift. But it is definitely allowed here - I don't see why it wouldn't be?
E: I have also done this - there is a lift where it rides on and off concreted areas - you have no choice! Or when it is near the end of the season and you cannot strap in!
Last edited by Jollybored; 02-16-2014 at 08:15 PM.
Reason: I do it too!