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Probably going to BearTooth Basin this summer and all they have there is T-bars. I've never even seen a T-bar let alone do I know how to ride one. I've watched that stupid E-how video but my only real question is; Are you on an edge or do you ride flat footed?
 

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That depends on the terrain it's dragging you over.... Sometimes flat, sometimes On edge. Just don't double up with someone that isn't around your same height, usually the shorter people fuck me up....
 

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I'll be up there the weekend it opens up.BUT! i hate that poma lift:mad: cuz it kicks my ass:laugh: It's basically a round disk that you place between your thighs and hold on the rope while it drags you uphill. I've seen boarders that has got it down well,but there are some that are like me. I almost had it down last time i was there but the day was over and i was dead tired. I think i will ride the Gardiner wall and hike up instead if i fail on that poma lift:dunno: btw, those times i made it uphill on that lift i stayed flatbased mostly.
 

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But ya back foot up hard against ya back binding, keep that foot centred as if it was in the binding, bend ya knees, weight centered, and relax!!!!!

Flat base it, and let the T-Bar do it's thing!!!!! If ya feel like ya goin off to the sides, it will drag ya back in line!!!!!

After a few times, you'll be confident enough to steer away with ya edges!!!!!

* if you can ride solo it'll be easier to learn!!!!!
 

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T bars tend to be easier to get on than pomas just tuck the bar up against your front leg and away you go. Is usually easier by yourself the first few times. Pomas same thing really except it's just a small rubber disc. I hope the lifts are kinder there than in Scotland some of the pomas there launch you into the air as you hang on for dear life.
 

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no different from normal technique: NEVER FULLY FLAT BASE.

NEVER.

EVER.

Even if you are "flat" keeping pressure (not an actual high edge) on toe or heel edge at all times will keep you happy and successful.

True for t-bars, poma lifts, rope tows and flat traverses.

A flat base and a flat base with a pressured edge do the exact same thing except one of them can surprise you with a mustache ride (the bad kind).
 

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I've only riden the J-hook ones. No probs there. So not much to add from the others.

Only there are a ton of hilarious video of ppl failing. So don't let your buddies tape you to share with the us :giggle:

Let us know how it goes
 

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no different from normal technique: NEVER FULLY FLAT BASE.

NEVER.

EVER.

Hmmm... I don’t see why one shouldn't flatbase, especially on t-bar.


All my home mountain has in pomas and t-bars. Just go flat base, point forward and let the drag lift do the work.
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Try to relax, no stiff legs, be centered with your weight especially the first times when you could be surprised by the sudden pull. Then just let you drag flat based as long as the lift drags you within the track, only adjust by edge if you're going off the track.
 

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After that video of those dudes falling all over each other on one of those earlier this winter, BA pointed out that they're designed to go between a skiers legs... Why wouldn't you just grab it under your arm?:dunno:
 

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After that video of those dudes falling all over each other on one of those earlier this winter, BA pointed out that they're designed to go between a skiers legs... Why wouldn't you just grab it under your arm?:dunno:
Bad idea. You'd be off balance and get pretty tired being dragged up a steep t-bar lift. It really isn't a big deal; if you are confident with skating, and riding with one foot strapped you'll have no problem with them. I found it easier when pairing up with either a confident snowboarder or a skier, they'll stabilize. But never pair with kids, cos then you'd have the bar down on your knees = very uncomfortable.
 

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After that video of those dudes falling all over each other on one of those earlier this winter, BA pointed out that they're designed to go between a skiers legs... Why wouldn't you just grab it under your arm?:dunno:
That's what I would do and basically makes it like the rope tow that my son learned on. They had a plastic/rubber tail hanging off them you could put behind your back once you started going.

Once you get going it's a no brainer to pull yourself up and put the tee under your shoulder and behind your back. The key to starting is you have to treat it like a tug of war to get going or it'll pull you over and you're gonna have a bad day.

It wasn't until his 3rd trip that he finally managed to make it more than 20 feet. Give him credit for not calling it quits, but he hung in there.
 

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you can put it under your arm if you want, but i'm sure it'll tire you out faster. behind the front leg is the way of least effort, i've done laps and laps like that
 

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T-bars can be very humbling. As stated before, relax. Let it pull you, and don't fight with it. I have a buddy that will actually hook it behind his front foot. His local his is all t-bars. I can't, nor would I, do it.
 

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T bars tend to be easier to get on than pomas just tuck the bar up against your front leg and away you go.
Actually maybe this is from my skier days (first lift I ever rode was a t-bar), but I find it easy to just put the thing behind my butt and go. T-bars are easy, button/platter lifts are a little harder on a board. Jam the platter as far up your ass as you can. I actually bring my back foot up against my front foot to ease the pressure off the steepest sections.

The platter at Louise has one part that is pretty close to 45 degrees... Fun stuff!

 

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I remember when I was about 10 and probably 55lbs going to Okemo which at that time was half high speed pomas. I was so light and they were so fast that I spent most of the ride struggling to keep some part of my skis still touching the ground. Was exhausted both mentally and physically by the time I'd get to the top.
 
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