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Ski Lift

Ski Lift Safety

Passenger behaviour is by far the greatest source of ski lift-related injury in BC, with 60% of incidents resulting from inappropriate or unruly passenger activity. Here are some simple ski lift safety tips for skiers and snowboarders to follow:


Getting on a ski lift


Get prepared and be ready!

  • Remove pole straps and point tips down and forward
  • Secure loose items – make sure you don’t have anything that can catch on the carrier
  • Remove backpack, hold on lap or seat
  • Move up to the marked line and watch out for the approaching lift
  • If you fall while loading, stay down until the operator instructs you to get up


Riding a ski lift


Riding the ski lift

  • Lower the bar, let other riders know before you lower it
  • Sit back against the back of the chair
  • Do not swing or bounce on the chair, lean forward or adjust your boots, skis, or snowboard, or attempt to touch trees or towers
  • Watch for and follow the warning and instruction signs


Getting off a ski lift


Getting off the ski lift

  • Make certain nothing is caught on the chair before unloading
  • Lift the bar when you reach the "raise the bar" sign
  • Keep the tips of your skis or snowboard up as you approach the “unload here” sign, stand up, slide down the ramp and clear the unload area  
  • If you leave something behind, clear the unload point and let the lift operator get it for you
  • If you fail to unload at the correct point, stay on the chair. The operator or the safety gate will stop the lift, then the lift operator will assist you in unloading. Do not lift your feet over the safety gate, it is there to stop the lift when a passenger does not unload.


T-bars and conveyors

In addition to the above guidelines, also:

  • On T-bars, look to the inside for the bar
  • Stay standing for the entire ride, never sit
  • Stay on the track, and if you fall clear the track immediately
  • Unload only at the designated unloading area – do not get off before the “unload here” sign


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Alpine Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.

  1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
  8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
  10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.