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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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BTW, thanks everyone!

Your advice and thoughtful comments are a big help. I was at Whistler again today and really practiced with one foot in the bindings and concentrating on keeping my back foot on the stomp pad and up against the back bindings. That helped a lot.

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Your advice and thoughtful comments are a big help. I was at Whistler again today and really practiced with one foot in the bindings and concentrating on keeping my back foot on the stomp pad and up against the back bindings. That helped a lot.
I think the best way to keep from getting injured is to focus on this. Most people have a mini freak out/lapse of focus and let that foot slide and that's when it slips off and you can get hurt. I don't even have a stomp pad, but the pressure I apply to my back binding with my free foot keeps my foot in place.
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I am still in the beginner stages, but I find if I get off and coast straight most places have a large enough spot were I can coast to a stop.

Otherwise, I like to sit on the far right side of the chair so I can do a gradual toe side J-turn and come to a stop.

The worst part about the chair lift is the people who stand at the off load and you have to dip and dodge around them.

Best case scenario for me is the area is clear and I can just coast to a stop..... so I feel your pain, LOL
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I too started snowboarding in my 50's and my early experiences with the chair were the most difficult of all. Every time I would fall at unload.

Where I learned in Colorado, the beginner area had a very quick double, non detachable. The exit snow ramp was built up very high up under the chair, I guess because 90% of the beginners at this location were under 6 or 7 years old and short.
The problem I had was that, being 6'2", as I placed the board on the ramp it would be very close to the bottom of the chair and I would be in a crouch position.
As I came up out of this crouch i would push the board off to one side or another. It became so bad I knew I was going to fall and would just stare at the board (not good) during exit, rather than looking ahead and down the ramp (good).

My instructor advised we go off the beginner area to the other lifts where the exit was not designed for smaller people. Never fell again.

My advice:

Get out on the edge of the chair and position the board straight ahead.
Put the back foot over the stomp pad and up against the rear binding, but Do not look down and stress over this.
Relax, and continue looking ahead and down the ramp where you want to go as you stand.
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Thanks, everyone, for all this great insight

I've been practicing at the Whistler learning area a lot lately and my one footed skating is getting better. Still nervous that my back foot will slide off and twist my knee or ankle. So I've been ever so gradually trying skating on slightly steeper grades at the learning area and trying J turns.

I had a near epic upon unloading from the chair yesterday. A crowd of skiers was standing in the offload area. When I got off the chair I literally had no where to go. I can steer - slightly - with one foot in now but there was no way I could avoid the skiers. So I just yelled - nicely - at them to move and put out my hands. Fortunately, I didn't knock anyone over.

Putting pressure on the stomp pad and against the back binding helps. But sometimes the board pivots and then the toe side edge catches and my back foot pops off. This still worries me because of potential injury. I'll do what folks here have suggested and keep practicing one footed.

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One way I find helpful like on a cattrack where I may get some speed but I don't want to strap in...instead of pushing my back foot against the back binding, I will put it right next to my front foot. This forces me to really steer from my front binding since all the weight is there anyways...sometimes having that back foot out back there can make your legs want to do skidded turns that you really aren't going for.

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don't know if this is relevant or not but when i try to make a turn after after getting off the lift, I usually signal with one of my arms which direction I will be turning to avoid people riding into me from behind.

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Welcome to the forum and feel good about being a part of the select group of us that started this great activity a little later in life. ( 49 for this guy ) Rest assured that you are not alone in this challenge. We all experienced the frustration / embarrassment of the dreaded chair lift offload.

Getting your feet comfortable is key. Looking ahead and not down, vital, but when doing so, keep your board straight from the moment you stand up and (this is critical to success) keep your shoulders in line with your board. Any little bit of shoulder twist is going to mess you up.
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I try not to depend on my stomp pad , if I have so much weight there that I need a stomp pad, my back foot will probably want to swing around. How about rear entry binding , just kick your foot in as you leave the lift you'll have at least toe side.

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Welcome to the forum and feel good about being a part of the select group of us that started this great activity a little later in life. ( 49 for this guy ) Rest assured that you are not alone in this challenge. We all experienced the frustration / embarrassment of the dreaded chair lift offload.

Getting your feet comfortable is key. Looking ahead and not down, vital, but when doing so, keep your board straight from the moment you stand up and (this is critical to success) keep your shoulders in line with your board. Any little bit of shoulder twist is going to mess you up.
Why don't you tell him your true secret of cinching on the chair lift
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