How do you load and unload a chairlift safely?
To load onto a chairlift safely first you must have confidence.
If you are nervous you are bound to do something stupid, usually by
accident. If you are really unsure ask the lifty to either help you
put down the bar, or slow down the chair. Usually if you let them
know they will help out. Stand towards the hill and twist around
with your arm out to where the chair will come. When it comes hold
onto the back with your arm and sit. The chair will sweep under you
and away you go. If the lifty did not lower the bar for you, do so
as soon as possible.
To get off, raise the bar no farther than 10 metres away from
the end station. Lift the tips of your skis or snowboard and raise
your poles if you have them. Wait until your feet are firmly on the
snow and then stand up. Use your poles or push against the chair to
get off. Try to go straight and keep your skis parallel.
This is exactly how you are supposed to do it but by far the
best way is to go to the local ski school and get a lesson. They
will be able to help you better than anyone else and they will
usually keep you from getting nervous, therefore avoiding doing
something stupid. They have taken an expensive and extremely
professional course and then taken an exam and passed it and if
they didn't they need to retake part of the course and re-do the
exam until they pass. They are extremely good and professional and
very much people persons. It is by far the best way to go.