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Old 12-23-2011, 10:50 AM   #21 (permalink)
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getting off the lift generally involves standing up with the foot on the stomp pad while being pushed by the chair on the back leg...??
Yes. Put your back foot on the stomp pad and wait until you get to the angled offload portion of the ramp. Stand up and let the chair finish pushing you forward. I let the chair shove my thigh.

Perhaps try looking/focusing on where you want to end up (i.e., the spot where you eventually want to stop) rather than looking directly down at your board and feet on the ramp.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Now I'm sure many will disagree with me but the secret to my success... alcohol.

Snowboarding is about being fluid in your movements. Over thinking anything will lead to your doom. A small (it gets heavier and heavier every day on the mountain) alcoholic beverage will help in that fluid motion.

Are you underage? If so, never mind, lol.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Falling off the chair lift was the hardest part of snowboarding for me. And I was used to lifts from skiing. I heard it all and I thought too much and I was terrified. Finally my husband told me to just remember 2 things. Straighten out my board. Reach for the front of my board. (with my front hand of course.) No thinking. No math. I always wear knee pads cause they're warm too when your on the snow.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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like snowolf mentioned stand up just before the slope part of the ramp and look straight and use you back hand to push of the chair,bend your knees and slightly lean towards the nose of the board with your front leg.I have a stomp pad too but what i do is when i'm about to sit down i brush the snow off as much as i can so i'll have a clear spot to step on.additionally right before i get up i place my back foot just in front of my back binding.kindda sliding back until i feel the side of my binding then i know i'm good to go.hope that helps.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:51 PM   #25 (permalink)
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@lonerider: Would it be wrong to stand up on the flat part and keep the back-hand lightly touching against the seat so that the board and I would be pushed off..?
That's exactly what I do and I've only fallen maybe twice when unloading from the lift in my 2 seasons riding.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:45 PM   #26 (permalink)
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So I'm a newbie at snowboarding (just finished my 3rd trip), and I've been lurking in this part of the forum in hopes of learning more about snowboarding so that I can hopefully improve faster in future trips.

I was watching SnoWolf's YouTube videos, and he mentioned in his chairlift video, most getting-off-the-lift problems is due to mental fear. How did you guys get over this fear? I've been eating it off the lifts all last weekend at Mt. Rose near Reno and it was quite frustrating..... Although getting off the lifts in Big Bear was quite easy, but that's besides the point..

I think a lot of it had to do with going straight off the chair from a sitting position. I hold the chair, I stand up and look straight ahead, but I have a pretty bad sense of balance so by the time my board leaves the flat (and too short....) platform, I'm already wobbling around and leaning too far forward or too far back. I get that it takes practice and eventually, I'll find my balance easy-peasy, but even when I DO find my balance in time, I'm scared silly of going "too fast" straight down the slope so I eventually end up leaning backwards and crashing anyway.

I would avoid a stomp pad, it's not gonna help the confidence. Just have faith in urself.

My question is, how did you guys overcome this fear of going too fast when getting off the lifts? Other than manning up and going straight into it... Lol... I really don't want to blow out my knees, I'm too accident-prone.
My advice is to get off the chair and give yourself a wee bit of a push with ur hand while stabilizing urself. The chair always put me off balance when I waited for it to hit me and start my momentum.. I want to be in control. To paint a clear picture, I attack the dismount like I'm throwing my weight forward to skate down into a half pipe. Being all aloof never worked for getting off the chairlift for me.

Second, when ur preparing to slide, pretend that your boot is locked into the binding. One thing that helped me was to use my loose boot to press down and put pressure on the back binding. This gives you more control since your legs are now vice gripped to your board and pressing firmly down on the board with your rear foot helps with stability.
Look ahead - not down at your feet (if you are).

For practice find a super gentle slope at the bottom of the chairlift before you go up. Practice using the above techniques. It doesn't take long before you're carving and stopping without your boot locked in. Also, be careful not to panic once u pick up a bit of speed, leading to extreme movements and throwing you off balance. Just go straight forward and don't worry about the speed.

Oh-yeah, bend your knees like you're riding down the slope already. I also tend to lean a bit farther to the back of the board when I'm not locked in. Found that worked better for controlling my speed and balance.

Eventually, I'd suspect you'll get pissed about biffing it all the time and on one of your dismounts you'll put the pedal to the metal and be all good. Do you believe that of all the other snowboarders riding the mtn, you're the only one that can't do it? :P
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:06 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the advice, everybody! Man, looks like various techniques work well for certain people, and others not so much, haha.. I shall try it all next week when I go! :P

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Whenever I ride with someone who's new Ill let them grab onto my extended arm off the chairlift builds their confidence.
My boyfriend and another nice random stranger let me grab them (each at different instances) - sadly, I took them down with me...

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Eventually, I'd suspect you'll get pissed about biffing it all the time and on one of your dismounts you'll put the pedal to the metal and be all good. Do you believe that of all the other snowboarders riding the mtn, you're the only one that can't do it? :P
Hahah, I got pissed towards the end - I just ended up eating it more badly than the other times. I guess I'm just being more upset about the whole lift stuff 'cause my boyfriend and I pretty much have equal time on the slopes for snowboarding, but he just picked up everything super crazy fast.... Lol...
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Already been a heap of good answers here, but remember the worst has already happened to you multiple times, you have fallen while getting off the lift! And you are fine. Nothing to be scared of. The worst thing that ever happened to me getting off the lift was banging the back of my leg on my highback. Ever since then I put my highback down before unloading.

Another trick I do is let the other people get off first. You usually have a few seconds to get off, so wait those couple of seconds and let the others go, then you have a free ride off with noone beside you.

Lastly my boyfriend who is less experienced likes to sit on the outside of the chair so he can just ride off to the side immediately, this is usually easier than trying to go straight.

Don't worry about not learning as fast as your b/f, they have the "stupid hormone" called testosterone propelling them. You are less likely to end up with a broken something or other
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Don't worry about not learning as fast as your b/f, they have the "stupid hormone" called testosterone propelling them. You are less likely to end up with a broken something or other
^^^ That is definitely true
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Yes. Put your back foot on the stomp pad and wait until you get to the angled offload portion of the ramp. Stand up and let the chair finish pushing you forward. I let the chair shove my thigh.

Perhaps try looking/focusing on where you want to end up (i.e., the spot where you eventually want to stop) rather than looking directly down at your board and feet on the ramp.


This is how I got used to getting off lifts. I even held on to the chair while balancing myself until it gave me the final push.

Added benefit: others will normally just jump out, so you're left behind everyone else. A bonus if you might fall or turn the wrong way since the field is now clear.
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