Chairlift Tips for Beginners

Over the years, I have spoken many beginners are nervous about using the chairlift. There is no reason to be anxious about it when you are prepared. We will discuss some of the tips available to help you get started on a chairlift below.

First, remove your ski poles from your wrists. Hole the poles close together so they are easy to let go of if they get caught on something. It can also keep them from poking nearby people. You can hold the poles between your legs or beside your legs, whichever is more comfortable for you.

Before dismounting the chairlift, ensure your skis or snowboard is entangled up with others. Otherwise, it may be difficult to dismount the chairlift at the right time.

When sitting on the chairlift, try to evenly distribute the weight. If two of you are on the list, send an equal distance from the middle to balance the weight. Otherwise, the chair will be more likely to bounce and swing as you get off the chairlift. On the same point, be gentle when getting off the chairlift so it doesn’t swing aggressively, making it more challenging for others around him.

Remember, the things don’t always go as planned, and that is okay. If you make a mistake, see it as a learning experience.

Once you are off the chairlift, gain control as soon as you can. Stop at the top of the hill and get your bearings. If you are unable to stop, and begin heading towards the person or tree, try your best not to focus on the object or person. Instead, it is best to search for a gap focus on so you will be more likely to steer that way.

If you do find yourself having issues on the chairlift for on the slopes, take the time to apologize. Everyone has a bad day on the slopes. What is important is that it will take responsibility for their mistakes. Doing so can make everyone’s day much better.

Common Sense Rules for the Slopes

Over the past couple articles, we have been discussing ways to stay safe while on the ski slopes. We will continue learning more about the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code below, so keep reading.

It is important when on the slopes to prevent runaway equipment using proper devices. Though most ski resorts are lax with this rule, some will require snowboarders to wear leashes. Remember, that skis have brakes, and it is important to ensure they are working properly. Always be conscious of where your equipment is and how it is placed. Snowboards should be placed with their bindings down to the snow and laying horizontal to the mountain.

Always read in a day any posted warnings and signs. These are posted for your safety. When you don’t follow the signs, you may end up on a double black trail after recently graduating from the blue run. Every day, the ski patrol goes through a lot of effort to update the mountain conditions. The warning signs they post are for your safety.

Though it should go without saying, always stay off closed trails. They are closed for a reason, and ski patrol doesn’t want to have to come rescue you because you are a rule breaker.

Another point that should be common sense is to never use lifts or the terrain if you have impaired ability of using drugs or alcohol. I am all about having a drink or two here and there, but when you are intoxicated, you have reduced coordination and an increased chance of bad judgment. When you go down the mountain impaired, chances are, the mountain will win.

The last thing to consider in staying safe on the slopes is to have enough knowledge, ability, physical dexterity to load and unload the lifts. If you are uncertain of your abilities, talk with a list attendant before trying to use the lift. We will cover more information about riding a lift in our next article.

Now that we have covered all the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code, you should be ready to hit the slopes safely. If you see anyone acting unsafely on the slopes, you should immediately alert ski patrol before someone gets hurt.

Learning Rules of Right-of-Way

In our last article, we began covering the rules from the Alpine Responsibility Code. We learned that you must have control and how everyone ahead of you has the right-of-way. Today, we will continue our journey of learning safety on the slopes.

As you are skiing or snowboarding, never stop in an area where you are not visible from above or where you are obstructing a trail. Though you may have the right-of-way, it can be difficult for those coming down the mountain to stop in time. If you look up the mountain and are unable to see the run above you, those coming down the slopes are unable to see you as well. That can be a recipe for disaster.

Speaking of looking up the hill, never merge onto a trail or start downhill up to you look uphill. Yield to anyone already coming your way. Following this simple backflow testing rule can help you avoid many collisions.

If you find yourself in an accident or collision on the slopes, it is imperative to stay on the scene until the ski patrol arrives so you can identify yourself. Not only is this the right thing to do, but the ski patrol may need to investigate the incident. Once they know what happened, they can take the appropriate safety measures to reduce the risk of re-occurrence. There are many potential dangers on the slopes, whether you are skiing or snowboarding. Staying on the scene in helping the ski patrol with their investigation can help others stay safe as they enjoy the slopes. Understanding the right-of-way on a ski slope can save you and others a lot of frustration and potential injuries. Many of these rules are considered commonsense by most people, but my time on the slopes shows that a great number of people do not understand the simple concepts. Hopefully, they will find this site so they can learn them before I meet them on the slopes somewhere.

Adventures at a New Ski Resort

This past ski season, I tried out a newly opened ski resort. I won’t mention the name of the resort, but there was a lot of frenzy on the first day of their season. In fact, there was so much frenzy that I could have easily been hurt. Of course, it doesn’t take much to get hurt on the slopes. A simple fall into an awkward position can break a bone.

Unfortunately, many people go to the slopes without knowing the universal rules that are applicable to everyone. These rules are known as the Alpine Responsibility Code. In fact, the rules are endorsed on most ski slopes around the world with only a few variations. Before idea of the rules this to use common sense, as well as personal awareness, to reduce the risks on the slopes.

Following these rules is a very important element of yourself and others safe. Because of this, we will be covering the ARC over the next few articles.

The first rule went on the slopes is always stay in control. It is imperative that you can stop when needed and avoid other objects and people. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about building your confidence and progressing on the slopes, but don’t overestimate your own ability. As a beginner, take your time to learn to stop and gain control. It’s understandable to see people on the green slopes, just learning how to ski, a bit out of control. That’s what those slopes are for. Just don’t get ahead of yourself and move on to harder courses without building up to it first.

The next rule we will cover today is giving others the head of you the right-of-way. If you are behind them on the slopes, it’s your responsibility to avoid them. It doesn’t matter what they may be doing front of you, whether they are blocking your path or in a weird line, they are still the one with the right-of-way. If you get a chance, you can pass them, but it is your responsibility to make sure you can pass safely.

Once you understand these two rules, you are on your way towards skiing and snowboarding more safely. We will continue to cover the Alpine Responsibility Code in our next article, so come back soon.