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Lol thanks for all the support and humor, ahahaha. =P

The "big new age Snowolf-advised breath" really worked this past weekend ahaha, although I'm still falling AFTER getting off the lifts.. I can actually find my balance now and get off correctly, although halfway/almost down the ramp I start psyching myself out again and problems arise again...

Random question, but would I need to get my board waxed and edges tuned again after riding in icy conditions...? When there were patches of actual (man-made) snow, I went over a few rocks and pinecones as well. -____-
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What really helped me when I was learning to get off the chairlift is just to go straight off the chairlift. Don't worry about turning or stopping or freak out due to speed. Usually, if you just ride off straight, the board will come to a stop eventually (or it will slow down enough that it's no problem to just step off the board with your free foot). If you pick up speed, don't freak out, just stay balanced and ride it out.

I think most unloading falls are caused when people freak out and get unbalanced, and it causes the board to wash out.

If people in front of you are crashing or getting in the way, it's the lifties responsibility to clear that place out ASAP. You can ask them to stop the lift so you don't have to unload through that.
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What really helped me when I was learning to get off the chairlift is just to go straight off the chairlift. Don't worry about turning or stopping or freak out due to speed. Usually, if you just ride off straight, the board will come to a stop eventually (or it will slow down enough that it's no problem to just step off the board with your free foot). If you pick up speed, don't freak out, just stay balanced and ride it out.

I think most unloading falls are caused when people freak out and get unbalanced, and it causes the board to wash out.

If people in front of you are crashing or getting in the way, it's the lifties responsibility to clear that place out ASAP. You can ask them to stop the lift so you don't have to unload through that.
good advice. also, i notice people have a tendency to get stiff legged and stand up. i would add the obvious and make sure you stay low and balanced and like cocolulu said "just ride it out". although, the hill i regular at is a complete mess of people at the top of the lift. i actually saw the lifties let a high speed chair swing about an inch over a little kids head who had fallen off. it would have wrecked that kids day.
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not sure if this has been said before, but visualizing gets rid of mental fear. it doesn't seem like it does anything, but once you try it you realize that it helps a lot. remember to add a lot of feeling into the visualization, not just seeing
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To the OP - I'm still in your boat. This is my second season and I have noticed that all chair lifts are different. Here at Snow Summit there is one chairlift that I have a hate/hate relationship with - Chair 3. It has like no flat area and a real steep exit ramp. I HATE IT! It is a 2 person older lift so it doesn't slow down. You have no time to think and I fall 3/4 of the time on that lift. I am the chairlift operator's worse nightmare and they can't wait until I've had enough and leave that chairlift! lol After about 4 runs I have to go elsewhere because of the stress getting off that lift! Copper Mountain was the
2nd mountain we went to and I LOVED their chairlift exits. They were all flat and long. We went to Canyons and their new Orange Bubble Express had a midway get off point which was like my Chair 3 that I HATE and of course I fell getting off that. I will say, chairlifts definitely stress me out and is the only negative I have encountered with this new hobby of "snowboarding"! lol

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In addition to what cocolulu said about going straight and riding it out, if there are any obstacles (people standing around cluelessly at the end of the unloading ramp), look PAST your obstacle, not at them. Your board and body will follow where your eyes/head is pointed. If you look AT the obstacle, you will run into it/them! Believe me, I've learned this from experience.

@firstx1017, in my first or second year of riding, I wiped out on the lift so much that sometimes, the lift operators would recognize me and automatically slow down the lift as my chair was approaching the ramp, lol. Or maybe it was because my kids were on the chair with me. Yeah, that's it, they were slowing down because of my kids
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To the OP...hundreds of hours on the hill will take care of those fears.
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To the OP...hundreds of hours on the hill will take care of those fears.
What he said... The more your on he mtn, the better and less scared you will be
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Kauila - can I borrow your kids!!! lol I would be nice to get off ALL the time without falling off that chairlift! lol


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@firstx1017, in my first or second year of riding, I wiped out on the lift so much that sometimes, the lift operators would recognize me and automatically slow down the lift as my chair was approaching the ramp, lol. Or maybe it was because my kids were on the chair with me. Yeah, that's it, they were slowing down because of my kids

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