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Old 01-27-2012, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to a ski resort this weekend to finally learn how to snowboard after skiing for 5 years. This resort has a "carpet lift". Just wondering what the proper way is to get on and off of it. I dreaded the rope pulls!
Hopefully this one is a lot easier!
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When you get to the end of the carpet hurl yourself off and ball up?

I've never tried the carpet but it seems like you would just slide off it with your strapped foot while pushing with your free foot. Will you be taking lessons? I'm sure the instructor will tell/show you what to do.
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Why not unstrap both feet? That's how they do in lessons here.
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I'm going to a ski resort this weekend to finally learn how to snowboard after skiing for 5 years. This resort has a "carpet lift". Just wondering what the proper way is to get on and off of it. I dreaded the rope pulls!
Hopefully this one is a lot easier!
Seymour just replaced their rope tows with a magic carpet this year. My wife and daughter used to hike up rather than use the rope. They love the magic carpet. Dead easy. You can get on and off with your board on, or you can take it off and walk on and off. You can glide on and off with both feet in or you can unstrap one foot. It's not a catapult.
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Lean forward a bit and when the board grabs just step right onto the carpet. Leave some room for your foot, I keep my foot behind the board, some people prefer the front. So when I get on, I start up the ride side near the edge to give myself room. Getting off you need to step onto your board and ride off. There's a plate at the top that people always step on and stop the lift. That's the way it works at the one on the local hill anyway. It only takes one time to figure it out. I'm not a big fan of the carpets, I prefer a rope tow, but my kids get a kick out of it.
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Lean forward a bit and when the board grabs just step right onto the carpet. Leave some room for your foot, I keep my foot behind the board, some people prefer the front. So when I get on, I start up the ride side near the edge to give myself room. Getting off you need to step onto your board and ride off. There's a plate at the top that people always step on and stop the lift. That's the way it works at the one on the local hill anyway. It only takes one time to figure it out. I'm not a big fan of the carpets, I prefer a rope tow, but my kids get a kick out of it.
Thanks everyone. I know this is a very noob question to ask but I heard horror stories associated with Snowboarding and just want to make sure I take every pre-caution :-)

But I guess I can just carry my board on the carpet, if they allow me to do that!
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It's not a catapult.
I wish it was. It'd be much more fun to watch
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New fangled technology! I remember when I learned to snowboard I was on the chair within a few hours of getting on the board. I HATED the rope tow that much! It was awful. Carpet sounds much better.
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New fangled technology! I remember when I learned to snowboard I was on the chair within a few hours of getting on the board. I HATED the rope tow that much! It was awful. Carpet sounds much better.
I always found the learner tow ropes etc far more difficult than getting on and off a chair too. I even hate the carpet thing, feels like my feet are gonna cramp up
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