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Old 01-07-2011, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For some reason my son and I have trouble at Loveland getting safely off the lifts. When we exit the lifts they hit us in the back and knock us down about 25% of the time. It hurts a lot! We are going there again this next week and would like some free advice. We both have about 8 to 10 days of boarding experience. The lifts at Loveland are older and do not unhook from the cable while exiting. We had zero issues at winter park or copper mntn.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As you stand up keep a hand on the chair. Let the chair push you forward through your hand and arm. Give a slight push off to create distance between you and the chair as it starts to turn around the bullwheel. Profit.
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If the lift is hitting you in the back you are getting off of it too late. As soon as your board slaps the top of the downhill ramp, you should be ready to get off. As soon as your board becomes flat on the top of the slope, you should be standing up and pushing off the lift. Yes, as you stand up from sitting down it helps to push off from the bottom of the chair to give yourself a little extra speed.
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ill reiterate the chair push off.. helps you get away unscathed and keeps the skipatrol from stopping the lift and delaying everyone. safety > delays for sure though. try lining up your board straight like you're about to ride out about 20 feet before the exit ramp in the air, go ahead and get your back foot roughly in place to, and spring up when getting off... helps keep your unbound foot accurate to balance and ride on properly, and the springing off/little push off the chair will help... just dont put too much weight on that back foor when pushing off the lift.. ive seen some people swallow some snow like that! good luck
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I'll try to start sooner and push off. But one for sure is if you hold on to the chair as it starts to turn around the bull wheel, I'm going to get decked. It turns crazy fast, very difficult to let the lift push you off. That is what I do ay copper, just stand up and rest a hand on the chair and let it push you off. Works 100% on modern lifts, not on old ones, at least not for us. I have to teach myself to get off earlier and faster.
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yeah man, gotta dip before that lift swings around on its rotation... i'm pretty sure their primary goal in life[if they could get excitement] would be the attempted decapitation of each passenger!

Old lifts should henceforth be known as Execution chairs.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'll try to start sooner and push off. But one for sure is if you hold on to the chair as it starts to turn around the bull wheel, I'm going to get decked. It turns crazy fast, very difficult to let the lift push you off. That is what I do ay copper, just stand up and rest a hand on the chair and let it push you off. Works 100% on modern lifts, not on old ones, at least not for us. I have to teach myself to get off earlier and faster.
Don't hold on to the chair, let it push you. Remember to push off as it starts to go around the bullwheel. If you are creating space between yourself and the chair through your arm it can't touch you. You are traveling the same speed as the chair, so if it turns and you keep going straight it can't hit you.

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I've never skied before, but they sure make getting off those lifts look easy!!
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I've never skied before, but they sure make getting off those lifts look easy!!
They are pointed in the right direction, not sitting on one ass cheek twisting the board back in line with the direction of travel.
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And they have poles!!! which would help a bunch when trying to out race a killer lift chair.
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