When on the slopes think safety over selfie

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With more than 6,000 images tagged #skiliftselfie on Instagram, it’s clear skiers and snowboarders are interested in documenting their experiences on the slopes. However, it’s important to know that safety needs to come before selfies – particularly when 70 feet above the ground.

“Our statistics show that rider conduct is the biggest source of ski lift-related injury in BC, with 60% of incidents stemming from unruly behaviour, distracted activity, and failure to follow safety signage,” says David Looney, Senior Safety Officer at Technical Safety BC.

"When loading and unloading from any type of ski lift, passengers should put their mobile phones away and pay attention to lift operators' instructions and surroundings."

We’ve rounded up six simple tips to help you have a successful ride on the chairlift.

  • Read instructional signs and follow the safety directions before riding any ski lift.
  • Avoid bouncing, turning around, reaching out or trying to make equipment adjustments while riding chairlifts.
  • Keep the restraining bar down until instructed to lift it by instructional signage or chairlift operators.
  • Stay in the track when using surface chairlifts such as T-bars and rope tows.
  • Load children next to the chairlift attendant.
  • Follow all the special riding requirements when using a tubing lift.

Learn more about Technical Safety BC and its role regulating Passenger Ropeways.

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