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Old 01-29-2013, 10:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Consonantal View Post
When you're almost at the dismount for the lift, sit sideways and have your board pointed straight.

Wait for the chair to bring you to the ramp of the dismount, don't get off too early or you'll be in the flat spot. Once you're at the ramp of the dismount, get up and push off the chair with your hands making sure your unstrapped foot gets onto the inside of your binding so you don't get your leg caught under the chair.

You can also push off with the free foot but using your arms to push off the chair should be enough.

Final tip is to go straight! Don't try to go sideways and slow down too early, that's what will make you fall. The further away from the chair when you fall, the better. That way you don't get in the way of the next chair. Just remember to get that initial push! If you're just being shoved by the chair, it'll just throw your balance. It may seem scary and counter intuitive at first but going slow is worse than going fast. Speed is your friend.
This is how it should look,.. (..I knew these "gapper" GoPro vid's of mine early in my riding would come in handy!!!)

Watch how I positiion myself in the chair in prep for getting my board pointed straight and how I keep one hand on the lift chair to steady myself & push off. (be sure to hold on to the chair back when getting in position so you can't fall off early! That would REALLY suck!!)


[late edit]
...Ahh, I see somebody beat me to this with a MUCH better instructional vid!
Oh, I might also add, that although my riding has progressed rapidly and I don't do a lot of falling on the slopes. ALL my recent injuries have been getting off the freakin' lifts!!!
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