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Old 01-05-2010, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone please explain to me the reason why so many riders/skiers prefer to ride with the ski chair bar/footrest up? I can’t even imagine why. It’s especially bad as a snowboarder when riding alongside skiers, because it’s often impossible to use the “hang from the toe” technique with their skis in the way. There’s been times where my leg muscles were burning like hell after riding a lift without the footrest down. Your muscles are supposed to burn AFTER you charge down the mountain…not after getting off the lift!. Why would anyone not want to save their leg muscles during the ride up the mountain? Too lazy to pull down the bar? Too cool for the *safety* bar? Puhleze. As a skier since 1979 and a snowboarder since 1991, as far as I’m concerned, next to the high speed quad itself, it’s the best ski resort invention ever.

I always ask all fellow lift passengers politely before pulling the bar down (in order not to hit anyone). But just recently when I asked “Bar down?”, a female skier said snarkily “Not for me!” I couldn’t believe it! I pulled it down anyway
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If your ankle of calves get sore from having your leg dangling on the lift then you need the hit the gym.

Not all chairlifts have footrests on the safety bar

Safety Bars are often ignored because they're annoying and people always hit your head with them or some idiot forgets that he's resting his arms on it when it comes time to lift up the bar. The bar is a good idea but people are too stupid to be courteous when pulling it down and pushing it up. I also personally don't feel the need to use one unless there is a beginner on the chair. As someone who's been skiing and snowboarding for about 22 years now I've never really had an issue, even on really windy days.
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thank god the local hill does not have safety bars or foot rests
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when riding a lift, your body is going forward and up

when the lift suddenly stops, guess where your body is going to continue going
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i rarely use the safety bar and iv never been to a resort with a foot rest although that does sound nice.
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when riding a lift, your body is going forward and up

when the lift suddenly stops, guess where your body is going to continue going
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if it has a footrest and people don't pull it down. say "heads Up" while your pulling it down... If they say no say Fu*K You!
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I hate the foot rests, they are designed for skis. I'm much more comfortable just sitting back in the chair with the heel of my rear binding resting on my toe. if you just put your arm over the back or around the bar on the side your not gonna fall off just from lift stopping.
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If your ankle of calves get sore from having your leg dangling on the lift then you need the hit the gym.
Hum...glad to hear you have legs of steel, but it's not my ankle or calves that get sore...it's mostly my upper thigh muscles that ache from having an 8 lb. weight unnecessarily pulling on my leg for 10 minutes (do I really need to explain this??). Surely I can't be the only one that finds it tiring...why else would they have invented the footrests? And while I'm older now, I'm still in great shape. I'm at lifts at 9am and ride non-stop til closing...lunch is usually stuffed in a pocket. I also workout 3 times a week and skate the local skateparks 2-3 a week.


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Not all chairlifts have footrests on the safety bar
True. And obviously, I still ride plenty of lifts that don't have them...it's all about using the footrests whenever they're available (I never use a safety bar if it has no footrests...what's the point?). On lifts without footrests, I normally spread the weight by hanging the tail end of the board off my toe (like 90% of other boarders), or wrapping my back foot toe around the back of my front foot (again, like most other boarders). Still, not as good as a footrest, but works pretty well. But like I said, it's often impossible to use these techniques on a quad chair full of skiers without bashing their skis. That's when it's almost intolerable for me.

Let me ask you this-- Do you hang the tail end of your board on your toe when riding the lift? If so, why?

I'm now starting to wonder if there are people out there who've never even used footrests before with a snowboard...maybe they don't know what they are missing ?? You can't tell me it doesn't make a difference. I don't care how strong your legs are.
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I rode on lifts with the foot rest, and its just a pain in the butt, especially when there are 6people sitting on the lift, its just easier to rest my board on top of my other foot. I dont mind having the safety bar down especially when you are going a big ravine lol
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