hi this is Dave Smith with Hillcrest ski and sports in Gresham Oregon on behalf of expert village in this tutorial we will cover beginning skiing in this clip we're going to cover how to properly load and unload a chairlift there are several different kinds of chair lifts that you'll see it resorts most commonly double triple and quad chairs this particular lift is a high-speed detachable quad meaning you can fit four people on each chair and when the chairs in the lift house is on a slower track then as it goes up the hill if you approach the front of the lift line and remove your pole straps from your wrists and keep your poles in one hand typically you'll see a sign that says wait here is the people in front of you are getting on their chair once they've loaded their chair skate out to the sign or post that says load here at this point turn and look for the chair to come around behind you and look for something you can grab onto such as the side of the chair the back of the chair or the post in the center of the chair sit down and move all the way to the back of the chair and keep your tips up as you move out of the lift house lower the safety bar for the rest of the ride out as you reach the top of the chairlift you'll see signs that tell you to prepare to unload at this point raise the safety bar check for any loose clothing that could get caught on the chair and keep your tips up look for the sign or post that tells you to unload here as you reach that point scoot to the front of the chair lean forward and push yourself away from the chair and follow the hill or turn that takes you away from them away from the unloading area if you happen to fall don't panic the lift operator will see you and can slow or stop the chair if needed if you lose any equipment in your fall grab it and quickly move to the side so that others to safely unload

Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : Chairlift Tips for Skiing
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20 thoughts on “Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : Chairlift Tips for Skiing

  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    I learned to ski in my later years, and I had (as a beginner) problems with getting off the chair lift. That was very frustrating. Every failure increased my fear.The problem was that I always felt backwards, in the moments I wanted to stand up. That was because I was constantly losing the reliance (balance) in the moments of standing up. I overcame that by keeping my head (and so the whole balance) forward when standing up. If you carefully look this video, you'll see the same movement. In my case that was the KEY THING. I saw many other people with same problem. It's easy to recognize what they do wrong when looking by side. Now I enjoy standing up from the chair lift. I learned to control every second of that skiing phase. I can stand up easily or eject myself. Skiing is great fun now.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    That's a good point! I have seen numerous people get smoked in the back of the head as the chair swings around to go back down hill. Keep your head down and hope the lift operator sees you in time to stop the lift.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    Some people are real idiots I mean come on are you that stupid to not know how to use a chairlift!!!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    i love chairlifts, way better than drag lifts, plus nice views.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    @existentaeinutila To someone who's already had experience then yeah, but for complete beginners it's pretty helpful. I wish I would have seen a video on using the chairlift when snowboarding-it's so much harder!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    i was so terrified i just threw myself off and the 2nd time around i just stayed sitting and the guy stopped it i was like man i wud have been ok waiting to go around again! haha i hated getten off that chairlift

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    anyone notice how he's a robot?

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    i love how he's reading a script.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    Thanks alot! These tips will be very helpful! Im still really nervous about the chair lift though

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    dont worry its not that hard just remember if u fall u r learning thats how i learnt!!!!!!!! also if u hav a good teacher like i did it will b a breeze

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    the pole thing is dat wat u put inbetween ur legs cos dey do hav dat and wen i went 2 andorra 1st time skiin the chair lift isnt hard

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    Good job. Good ..

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    HAHA this guy needs to think a little before talking!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    I may get skiing lessons so I hope this guy knows what he is talking about haha

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    Don't worry, I just went for the first time and it's really fun. You'll fall a little, but it's not that bad 😛

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    so am I! I'm so excited though cant wait!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    No resort Ive ever been to has enforced it. And its not really that dangerous to keep it up. Unless it is really windy, you would have to try to fall off to actually do it.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    The resort typically enforces the rule that you have to remove the pole straps. And leaving the safety bar up is just dangerous.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    yea leads to concussions

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  • June 18, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    You dont have to keep your tips in one hand.. And You dont have to put down the safety bar.

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