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Chairlift etiquette

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When there is a queue everyone should make sure that the lift's full capacity is used. It is infuriating when at the back of a 10 minute queue to see an eight seater occupied over and over again by 2 - 6 people. The only valid excuse is for young children who need to be with an adult.

My latest irritation is to be joined on a lift by someone with a speaker blaring out music.

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people who lift the bar 2 pylons before the top station
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People who keep their pole straps on and then get their poles tangled up in the bar and the foot rest. (Btw, that's me - always)
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Speakers blaring out music from a backpack is never ok.
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Stop being selfish and fill the chairs up!

If I could find an app that could jam/play Long Haired Lover From Liverpool over those speakers I would happily pay a weeks lift pass cost for it.

Never mind them interfering with blind skiers escort system transmitters.
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Speakers blaring out music from a backpack is never ok.

That's what I thought when a young French skier jumped on the same chair as me until I realised he was playing Hendrix. Then followed a pleasant 5 minutes listening to Hendrix and chatting, me in broken French he in broken English listening to great music. The one and only occasion when I have enjoyed music on the mountain.
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People who just slam the bar down. I still find it hysterical that some Euros don't lift the bar up until 2 seconds before landing.

Around here, where marijuana is legal, old folks and young light up on the chair ride. Not my cup of tea.
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Someone once lit up a cigarette while the bubble was down on a chairlift. When people complained he tried to say we shouldn‘t have put the bubble down in high winds so he could have a smoke.

By bubble I mean the plastic cover that‘s on the chairlift for bad weather protection.


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People who sit on the left of the chair, but decide that they are going to disembark and ski off to the right.
People who sit on the right of the chair, but decide that they are going to disembark and ski off to the left.
Let's now make it really amusing and put a nervous beginner to early intermediate snowboarder in the middle Toofy Grin
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Someone once lit up a cigarette


Whilst waiting for the Ahorn bubble to get back down I lit a cigarette, honestly the FILTHY looks I got from the other queuers, you'd think I'd just got me old chap out and done my elephant impression.

I have since stopped.
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Jehu wrote:
When there is a queue everyone should make sure that the lift's full capacity is used. It is infuriating when at the back of a 10 minute queue to see an eight seater occupied over and over again by 2 - 6 people. The only valid excuse is for young children who need to be with an adult.

My latest irritation is to be joined on a lift by someone with a speaker blaring out music.

Any other gripes?


This week I was behind some bloke who was in front of the gate, in a pretty big queue, who then let 4 chairs pass while he waited for his girlfriend to line up next to him.
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apart from the smoking which i hate, at least people should ask before they inflict their filthy habit on us, i hate it when the ski school plops a 3 year old on the chair lift with you, i poo-poo me self when its time to get off.
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The letting chairs go to wait for mates is about the only thing that bugs me. Very selfish. I usually say something and carry on having a nice time - better to enjoy the day than get grumpy about little things
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Not so much chair lift, more of a gondola gripe, but people who have no idea where they pointing the tips of their ski poles when queuing on steps.
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I won't get on a chairlift with snowboarders - they always seem to fall off at the top or get in the way, and I wait till the last minute to get off so I can see who is going left/right etc.
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@skimummk, I thought we were getting off a bit lightly in this thread Very Happy

My hate is people slamming the bar down.
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Fellow chair riders making phone calls
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@rachelharrisonsmith, make that more general, people who hold their poles horizontally whilst walking up to the lift, and swing their arms back and forth do the pole tips end up at eye level behind them. Evil or Very Mad
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@mgrolf, s'easy one, just lightly grab their pole at the top of the backswing and they'll pivot 90 degrees, works on bellends with large umbrellas too.


Panicky skier-types who try to pole away from the lift, normally by trying to jam their pole into my board in the process
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Crikey guys. Most of us are on holiday. Relax. Be tolerant - and happy.
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hang11 wrote:
The letting chairs go to wait for mates is about the only thing that bugs me. Very selfish. I usually say something and carry on having a nice time - better to enjoy the day than get grumpy about little things


Guilty of this when it’s not very busy - after all we are on holiday with family and friends and riding up is a good opportunity to send time together. Not cool on a 10 min queue which is considerably big to look at. The lifties need to take some responsibility but they don’t have the headcount in Europe to have someone in the funnel to organise.
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eblunt wrote:
Jehu wrote:
When there is a queue everyone should make sure that the lift's full capacity is used. It is infuriating when at the back of a 10 minute queue to see an eight seater occupied over and over again by 2 - 6 people. The only valid excuse is for young children who need to be with an adult.

My latest irritation is to be joined on a lift by someone with a speaker blaring out music.

Any other gripes?


This week I was behind some bloke who was in front of the gate, in a pretty big queue, who then let 4 chairs pass while he waited for his girlfriend to line up next to him.


This! And this is really the cause of empty chairs.

Unless it's a really busy queue where you can easily get separated from mates past the turnstile then the place to get meet up is before you go through the turnstile.
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This sounds like a French resort problem. After visiting la plagne last Easter, the difference in queuing/loading compared to Austria was stark. Mostly, people choose to faff/wait/ reorganise/ make a phone call/ have a fag/ snog their partner AFTER they got through the turnstile, thus causing a kerfuffle.
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Crikey guys. Most of us are on holiday. Relax. Be tolerant - and happy.
+1
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marodo2712 wrote:
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Someone once lit up a cigarette


Whilst waiting for the Ahorn bubble to get back down I lit a cigarette, honestly the FILTHY looks I got from the other queuers, you'd think I'd just got me old chap out and done my elephant impression.

I have since stopped.


Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Even if someone slams down the bar and bubble whilst lighting up a fag and making a phone call with music I dont like blaring out from their rucksack then proceed to lift the bar 2 pylons from the end and ski off to the right while sitting on the left and there is an unwanted ski school kid and a snowboarder who doesnt know how to get off the lift on the same seat I just think to myself this is still way better than sitting at my desk at work !

Chill out folks, remember you are on a ski holiday to enjoy yourselves !
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Just going to add that I’m not usually on holiday - I’m usually skiving off work but still try to enjoy it Happy
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@jw83113, +1

Non-full chairs do wind me up though when it’s busy.....in the scheme of things it’s not worth stressing over though.....I just think of all the work that went into constructing said lift, from initial discussion to completion of the lift, and all the passenger forecasts etc that must have been discussed....and it comes down to a lifty to fill them, and he/ she just doesn’t, so easy to implement.
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jw83113 wrote:
... Chill out folks, remember you are on a ski holiday to enjoy yourselves !
Not making your feelings politely known is not remotely "chill" and unless you like the things described, it's not going to lead to enjoyment.
Rudeness exists. Dealing with it increases everybody's enjoyment and "chill" level. Well except for the rude people, but then they're playing a different game.

Smoking - I politely ask them not to. Never had any trouble with that. The lifties will do it for you in North America as it's not allowed in line anyway.
Bad skiers/ snowboarders are usually easy to tell and generally slow to exit; just ride away. To me it's like people swimming in a pool without consideration - a certain amount of warning seems appropriate, but beyond that I'll win because I'm stronger than they are. No doubt they're "chill" about that too.
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Do you think it’s a British thing to get wound up about these things as certainly the french are a touch more laissez faire? We do love a good functional queue.
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@jirac18,

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We do love a good functional queue.


It's genetic, I don't think there's anything that p's us off more than bad queueing.

And rightly so! Mad
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@marodo2712, I’m the most impatient queuer, and nobody more than me gets irritated by ditherers and pushers but it’s not a huge hassle..... better than a long walk uphill, best to ski smart and avoid queues in the first place and be ahead or behind lift scrums imo.
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Markymark29 wrote:
@marodo2712, I’m the most impatient queuer, and nobody more than me gets irritated by ditherers and pushers but it’s not a huge hassle..... better than a long walk uphill, best to ski smart and avoid queues in the first place and be ahead or behind lift scrums imo.
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If all chairs were canted 45 degrees to the right then boarders exiting the lift wouldn't be the problem, skiers would (and goofies) Toofy Grin
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@Markymark29,

I don't mind queueing for the lifts, I people watch and try to place people by their accents and their language.

I think the most peculiar experience was queueing behind a family from Dudley - what an exotic and beautiful accent that is, it was the first time I'd heard it since I was a hotel runner in Athens with a guy called Steve 25 years before.
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BoardieK wrote:
If all chairs were canted 45 degrees to the right then boarders exiting the lift wouldn't be the problem, skiers would (and goofies) Toofy Grin


Both end seats should be adapted for boarders.
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marodo2712 wrote:
@jirac18,

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We do love a good functional queue.


It's genetic, I don't think there's anything that p's us off more than bad queueing.

And rightly so! Mad


This alone accounts for so much popularity of Whistler, not just the skiing.

Astonishingly polite and efficient queueing... singles lines to fill up chairs, merging lanes which all take their turn when they should - it'll be a shock returning to ski in France one day ( been skiing Japan or Whistler mostly last few years...).
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People who are so pushy in the queue continuously stepping on the board or skis of the person in front of them

People who make an abrupt left or right turn when there is already someone on their left or right

People who stop in a large group right after the unloading area
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All valid grievances/observations!

Doesn't happen as often as the others: people next to you in a chair trying to shout to friends sitting in a different chair ahead or behind.
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