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Riding the Chairlift Is a Means to an End That Could Cause Injury

It's still ski season here in Colorado, and now that the holidays are over, you may look forward to sneaking away on the weekends to take advantage of one of the state's many ski resorts.

For many, skiing provides a sense of freedom they can't get anywhere else. As any veteran skier knows, getting to the top of the slopes requires riding the chairlift. Following the appropriate chairlift etiquette could help make sure that you have a good day on the slopes.

Riding the chairlift safely

Doing your part to remain safe while on a chairlift includes taking the following steps:

  • Make sure that you grab the most natural part of the chairlift for you as you get on it.
  • Make sure you are ready to load when the next chair arrives for you to load.
  • Make sure that you use the restraint bar if the chairlift comes equipped with one.
  • Make sure everyone sharing the lift with you knows when you lower the bar.
  • Sit back in the seat, don't play on the lift and remain seated. This is probably a good rule to reiterate to children.
  • Even if the chair comes to a stop or slows down, remain still and seated.
  • When you arrive at the top, let everyone know when you raise the bar.
  • Make sure your skis or snowboard remain in front of you and straight up as you exit the lift.
  • Exit the lift area as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible in order to avoid blocking traffic.
  • If you can't get off the lift, wait for assistance.

You may find it tedious to go over these safety issues, but a reminder could help you avoid injury. If this is your first time skiing, then a review is always good. In any case, the theory is that, if you follow these tips, you will have a safe and fun day on the slopes.

That may be true on an ordinary day, but no matter how well you follow the rules, if the chairlift malfunctions, you could still suffer injuries. It is up to the resort to ensure that its equipment works properly at all times. Employees tasked with your safety both on the chairlift and off must also do their jobs. Yes, you have some duty to act responsibly, but that only works to keep you from suffering injuries when the resort does its part as well.

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