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First ski lift you ever went on?

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Seeing as the "first lift" topic wasn't what we thought, what WAS the first ski lift you ever went on? I presume for most of us it was a nursey slope tow of some sort...

Mine was the nursery slope button lift in Les Deux Alpes, way back in 1988!! Fell off that thing a LOT.
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Eiger Nordwand bitchez!

OK so really it was a little bunny rope on the Jungfraujoch for an hour one summer on a camping hol before weeks of hiking for epic plastic turns in the mighty Tranmere Alps.
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Way back in '86 first ski hol to Soldeu, there was two ways to get to the mid station and ski school, a two man chair with a big queue or a drag lift with no queue. The 21year old, heavily hung over me, ignored my brothers warning that it was steep and if I fell off, the only way down was a heavily mogulled red run. I managed to stay on till halfway up which was not a good thing as it meant that not only was my fist lift a "red" poma, my first ski run was a heavily mogulled red !
Shocked
Some time later, I joined the queue for the chair lift Embarassed
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Drag lift at Ski Snowdonia onto plastic rug.


@Dave of the Marmottes, didn't know you were from the Wirral
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Possibly the yoghurt pots in Flaine, although there may have been a button lift before that.
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Palafour at Tignes, my mates thought it was hilarious, took me all morning to get to the bottom Laughing
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Zakopane in a field by the ski jump.
Some metal T-Bar contraption Smile
Great memories
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Poma button in Les Agudes, on French exchange, C 1971.
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Sunny side Pima at Glenshee, fell off about 10 times, it was a brute.

Andy
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Ski Rossendale drag, then on first snow holiday a drag in Misurina. Lots of falling off before I mastered it.
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Mine was the drag lift on the alpe de great orme in Llandudno, the scariest thing was the altitude sickness like symptoms upon reaching the dizzy heights of 200m above sea level.
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School ski trip in 1971 to Reith bei Brixlegg, there was this strange solo gondola made out of fibreglass which was a bit like a "Bubblecar". Fully enclosed with a little window, bright orangy/red as well.
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Some local ski club's wire tow in Petrosani, Romania. We were presented with a bar with two pins at one end. You dropped them over the wire and then held on to the other end to go. At the top you had to pull yourself forwards and then disengage the pins. Impressed by all the kids under instruction going round corners on one ski.
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Rope lift on Mount Cook, New Zealand - about 1961 - on school trip. We each had a 'nut cracker' grip roped to our waists. We were in workman boots, with a groove ground in the heels to take cable bindings on wooden skis. Thus balancing as the rope snatched one away took some learning - and falls were routine. Assuming I did get away, I then had to feed the rope over pulleys as I was pulled up the slope. This too was difficult, but I made things even more difficult for the following skier if I didn't manage it. Even so, we had a great time.
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Some rope lift on the nursery slopes in Santa Caterina, then an old slow (even for ~1995 standards) very cold 15+ minute chair up to the main mountain.

I'd love to go back - looks like some really great terrain in the right conditions!

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@Matrski,
Your head is 200m above sea level when you're stood on the beach Very Happy
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I'm not sure if it still there but it was a single seat chair on the flanks of the Tofana near Cortina, near Pocul IIRC. I jumped on clutching by rucksack to my chest wondering how I was going to getoff and what happened at the end. It was agreat way to get over the grind to the bottom of the crag. It was years later that I realised that these things were also used for skiing. I cannot remeber the year exactly but it was probably late 70's
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It was probably a rope tow at Bebington Oval back in 1987/88 (if they had one, can't really remember). First proper lift would be a drag lift at Alpe d'Huez that same season - first ski holiday. I recall falling off a lot. In fact it took at least 20 years before I stopped falling off drag lifts Laughing Laughing
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Rope tow at Mendip dry ski slope just outside Bristol. Otherwise, the J Kaserwald II T bar at Axamer Lizum.

Took my (then) two year old daughter on the Golf out of Meribel village earlier this year. Think she got the better deal.
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Old school button lift, on beginner slope in Saas Fee, Winter 72/73.
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geoffknight wrote:

@Dave of the Marmottes, didn't know you were from the Wirral


I'm not but my grannie lived over there.
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Poma in Passo Tonale.
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clarky999 wrote:
Some rope lift on the nursery slopes in Santa Caterina, then an old slow (even for ~1995 standards) very cold 15+ minute chair up to the main mountain.

I'd love to go back - looks like some really great terrain in the right conditions!



Went there in 1985 aged 17. Great memories thanks to Katie from Orpington Blush
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@altis, wrote : "..We were presented with a bar with two pins at one end. You dropped them over the wire and then held on to the other end to go.."

same for me - but on a rope tow at RAF Troodos (Cyprus), along with Leather boots and Cable bindings.... !!
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Like Honeybunny I was on the drag lifts in LDA but in 1992. As it was Olympic year, it seemed like the whole France had put its holidays back to the week I went away. The queues for the drags were at least 30-40 mins a pop. My thighs and knees were on fire!
Later on my first day I was taken up the mountain by my so called friends and they made me take a T bar. Trauma. That was also the year where the queue for the gondola was so long people got very grumpy and two big french guys ended up having a punch up right infront of me!
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Tamworth rope-tow, first proper one would be Discovery chair at Mammoth.
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Would have been "Le Grand Barbat" chair at Cauterets in the French pyrenees.
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Cant be sure but by deduction I think it may have been a button lift or Tbar at Bichlbach near lermoos, in 1970 or 1971 ?
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Don't remember, Engleberg, 1972, four years old.
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Can't remember if my first lift was at The Lecht or Cairngorm. If it was The Lecht then it would have been a wee rope tow. If it was Cairngorm then it would have been the, now defunct, two man chair that went from the carpark. As shown here:


http://youtube.com/v/xD7-brUuEHM
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Glencoe 1967 ....... on this thing!
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Bracknell drag lift. Then Ahornbahn
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Button lift on some nursery slope in livigno in '66 as a young child. Still remember it clearly and that feeling of pure joy when I made it to the top for the first time. Very Happy
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Xscape MK Magic Carpet, graduated to the poma after a little while.

First lift in a proper resort was a drag lift in Alpe d'Huez.
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Rope tow at Xscape followed a couple of hours later by the Poma there.
Then Rhodos1+2 cabin in Meribel followed by the Altiport chair about 30 times that day
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Clotes lift in Sauze. I went up with a fellow beginner and we both fell getting off.

This might have been because we both planted our poles and got a good push off.

I planted my pole between my fellow beginners skis and she repeated the offence. The liftie was not paying attention and there must have been 8 skiers in the pile before he stopped the lift.
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Christmas 2012, Magic Carpet at Mount St Louis Moonstone just north of Toronto. Closely followed by the glamourously named "Gentle Ben Triple" which provided access to this piece of gnar (not my video)

http://youtube.com/v/stPc0wGANyg

We were only there for the afternoon and the runs seemed steep at the time...honest. Even though I only skied for about 3 hours it was enough to get bitten by the bug, first proper ski trip followed in March 2014, done 8 more since and aiming for 4 this season.
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Rope tow at Rushden dry slope in 1979...no grip left by the end of the session!
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HoneyBunny wrote:
Seeing as the "first lift" topic wasn't what we thought, what WAS the first ski lift you ever went on? I presume for most of us it was a nursey slope tow of some sort...

Mine was the nursery slope button lift in Les Deux Alpes, way back in 1988!! Fell off that thing a LOT.


Same for me. A few goes on that then it was up the Diable.
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First physical lift was on the rope pull at Bassingbourn Barracks Dry Slope in late 1986 for 6 weekly lessons, first proper lift on snow would have been the Village lifts in Saas-Fee in March 1987. I can remember going up and it taking the entire 2 hour morning lesson to come down that massive slope Very Happy
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