Skiers and boarders reminded to stay safe this winter

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is advising British Columbians to have fun and stay safe on chairlifts as the ski season opens this winter. Every year, accidents and injuries involving lift equipment can be prevented if skiers and riders follow safety rules and pay attention to signage.

“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. BCSA is studying the use of electronic devices by ski lift and gondola passengers to see if their use is contributing to loading and unloading incidents,” says David Looney, Senior Safety Officer at BCSA.

Keep your lift experience safe by:

  • Reading instructional signs and following the safety directions provided before riding any ski lift.
  • Not bouncing, turning around, reaching out or trying to make equipment adjustments while riding chairlifts.
  • Keeping your chairlift restraining bar down until instructed to lift it by safety signage or lift operators.
  • Staying in the track on all surface lifts such as T-bars.
  • Loading children next to the lift attendant.

Passenger behavior is by far the biggest source of lift-related injury in BC, with 60% of incidents resulting from inappropriate or unruly passenger activity. Serious injuries can be prevented if lift equipment is used safely by skiers and snowboarders.

“Ropeway users are strongly reminded when riding a surface T-bar or platter to stay in the towpath. Over the years, serious incidents have occurred because of passengers riding out of the designated towpath, these incidents can result in major injuries and equipment damage. Please observe all instructions for loading, riding and unloading a surface ropeway,” says David.

For more information about lift safety, visit:

About BC Safety Authority

BCSA is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in BC, including passenger ropeways such as ski lifts, gondolas, tramways, rope tows and passenger conveyors. 

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.


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