Spring is the best time to teach your little ones to ski & snowboard! Sunny days, longer opening hours on the mountain & soft snow make for perfect conditions to get them sliding.
With that in mind, we thought we’d share a couple of lift safety tips for parents who are looking to progress their wee shredders to the chairlift.
Ask for help
It can be a bit of a mission to load kids on the chairlift, especially if you have more than one munchkin or you’re not the most confident skier or snowboarder yourself! The lifties are here to help! Have a chat to them before you get to the gate, & position your smallest child on the same side of the chair as the lifties standing at the lift controls – they’ll be able to help them onto the lift safely!
Take your time
There’s absolutely no rush to get on the lift! Take your time to make sure everyone’s ready:
- Take your ski poles off your wrists & hold them in one hand
- Take any backpacks off – large packs count as a person so make sure there’s enough room on the chair for everyone & the bag!
- Gloves, hats, neckwarmers are on the kids – if they’re going to get cold at any point, it will be on the chairlift
Don’t panic if you’re standing in the gates & you’re not quite ready – we’d much rather you missed a chair & loaded safely, rather than rushed out & had trouble!
- Wait for the chair in front to pass before leaving the gates
- Slide out to the red “Load Here” line
- Skiers – put both feet on the red line. Snowboarders – put your front foot on the red line
- Look over your shoulder & watch the chair coming
- When the chair comes, sit right to the back of the seat
Cardrona is an “all bars down” mountain – all safety bars on every chair MUST be put down!
Enjoy the ride
Once you’ve loaded the chair with your kids, try to keep them calm & relaxed. Remind them to:
- Keep their backs against the back of the chair, not leaning forward on the safety bar
- Not push each other around while on the chair
- Let anything they drop fall! Anything dropped can be picked up later by you or Ski Patrol
- Lift the safety bar when the "Raise Bar Here" sign at the terminal tells you to, getting the kids to hold onto the chair
- Keep your tips up until you’re on the flat platform
- On the platform, stand up, keep your skis or boards straight, lean forward slightly and slide straight off the ramp