Old 05-03-07, 03:06 AM   #1
 
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Exiting chairlift is putting me off!

I am a beginner skier and I have had two hours of group and 2 hours of private instruction at the Crystal Mountain Golf and Ski resort in Michigan. At this point, I can go down bunny hills and a green easy hill making broad connecting turns. I am terrified of exiting the chairlift. I have done this only twice under instruction and both times the instructor held me up as we coasted a long ways all the while I was screaming, and terrified. On both occasions he told me to stand straighter and not hunch over so much. On the day described the off ramp was ice. Also on that day I fell three times exiting the off ramp of the Magic Carpet conveyor belt on the bunny hills. So my barrier to this sport at this point is the chairlift exit. I would appreciate any comments that can be offered.
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Old 06-03-07, 02:20 PM   #2
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I guess that I would echo what your instructor said. Stand up straight and just glide away from the lift. I think that your problem is more mental than anything. You might try to do visualization exercises. You can do that at home, work, or anywhere. Just visualize your self riding the lift to the get off point, ski tips up, lean forward slightly while standing up and gliding away from the chair.

Visualization really does work. It might be just what you need to overcome the mental aspect of the whole ordeal. Imagine yourself doing it correctly over and over in your mind, then when you have to actually do it, your mentally prepared.
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Old 06-03-07, 08:54 PM   #3
 
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I never usually have problems with chair lifts and I think the main problem is confidence, sometimes however I would give myself a push off the chair lift to make sure it doesn't hit me on the way back round (I have been on some fast chairlifts)
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Old 07-03-07, 02:12 PM   #4
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sailboattrip- What Michael said is very true. Your problem is confidence. After doing it correctly a time or two, you will have it mastered.
Similar to what Michael said; I let the chair push the back of my legs to get me started. One one particular lift, I do push off slightly because the chair is moving fast at the exit point.
Don't be afraid. If you can ski at all, you should be able to clear the lift easily. Just get your mind right and do it.
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Thank you all for the reply. Looks like the consensus is a confidence problem. This makes sense. Just yesterday, I met two young women that took lessons on a Sunday and then Tues were going up the chairlift routinely. One was even skiing the blue trails. At 60, I am more cautious, but I will follow the visualizaion technique, I will practice on the bunny hill as prescribed by my instructor, then I will book a lesson to work on the chairlift.

If I understood my instructor correctly, he wants to work with me going straight down a hill fast and then snowplow stop to overcome a fear of doing that. I think he believes this will help me overcome some doubts.

On a positive note: Yesterday, I went down the bunny hills and the turns were much sharper, easier, kind of like a slolum (sp) run. I shifted weight back and forth to make the turns.
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Old 08-03-07, 01:09 PM   #6
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sailboattrip- Your instructor is right in telling you to have confidence in carrying speed. Most of my crashes are "slow speed" spills.

It sounds like you are progressively getting better which means that your instructor is earning his wage I have a feeling that the next time we you post here you will be laughing about how easy is was to master the basic stuff like chairlifts and the bunny hill. Please keep us posted on your progress.

How much longer will you have skiiable snow this year? What are the weather & snow conditions (cold & icy, cold & powder, warm & soft, warm and slushy) where you ski? I'm just curious

I'm in Idaho. Current conditions are warm & soft in the day, firming up at night. I expect to ski for at least two more weeks before conditions deteriorate enough for me to call it quits.
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Crystal Mountain is in Michigan in the Northwestern part of the Lower Peninsula near the town of Thompsonville. Of course it depends on conditions, but they advertise to have open slopes until April 8. Recently we have had very cold weather and two significant snow falls in the past week. It is warming up now and we are approaching 30s and 40s. I have seen zero snow on the 25 mile drive to this resort and when i get there, they have snow on the slopes. They have a lot of snow making equipment and seem to be able to keep snow on the slopes even at 40 degrees. I expect to take the chairlift lesson in about another week (March 15).
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Thank you all for the reply. Looks like the consensus is a confidence problem. This makes sense. Just yesterday, I met two young women that took lessons on a Sunday and then Tues were going up the chairlift routinely. One was even skiing the blue trails. At 60, I am more cautious, but I will follow the visualizaion technique, I will practice on the bunny hill as prescribed by my instructor, then I will book a lesson to work on the chairlift.

If I understood my instructor correctly, he wants to work with me going straight down a hill fast and then snowplow stop to overcome a fear of doing that. I think he believes this will help me overcome some doubts.

On a positive note: Yesterday, I went down the bunny hills and the turns were much sharper, easier, kind of like a slolum (sp) run. I shifted weight back and forth to make the turns.
It's good to hear that you are advancing and enjoying skiing! I think its essential for everyone to have a fall to see that is really isn't (usually) that bad.
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Old 30-03-07, 09:19 PM   #9
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I expect to take the chairlift lesson in about another week (March 15).

I'd love to hear how that lesson went. Do you have an update for us?
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Old 03-04-07, 02:21 AM   #10
 
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Chickened Out

Thank you for asking about whether or not I went off a chairlift. In fact, this season I simply chickened out. I am simply terrified of that chairlift. The ride up is bad enough, but the exit ramp is the main block. When the instructor took me up the first time, and held me up and we skidded a long long ways as I held his arm screaming, hollering, and swearing -- that may have triggered the problem. I simply do not know.

Fear of skiing has been my greatest fear in life. Fear of that chairlift is greater than the concern the day I departed for Viet Nam.

It is not over yet. This summer, I will go up that hill and closely examine the chairlift exit. I will become famiiar with it, measure it, find the equivalent on my property, and practice.

I initially took a downhill lesson to enhance cross country skills which was successful. Now I can go down a cross country trail hill. I then decided to try downhill as my girlfriend does it and many relations come to the cabin to do it to. I wanted to fit in.

I am not sure downhill skiing is the sport for me. Most of those guys seem to want to go down a hill fast and I do not like that.
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Old 18-10-07, 10:27 PM   #11
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Crystal Mountain

Yup, it sounds like you all are getting the hang of the lifts. A friend and i are going to Crystal Mt. in december. I was wondering if any of you could tell me what it is like. I have only been skiing at Perfect North Slopes, in Indiana, and i love it there. Also, how are the buckled in chair lifts different from the ones without any bar or buckle across? thanks
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Old 21-10-07, 11:49 AM   #12
 
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I am the original poster almost one year ago asking about charilift exiting. I have not overcome this fear yet but willl work on it this season as is is not late Oct. I go to Crystal Mountain regularly and can tell you some about it. It is a golf and ski resort. They have lots of snowmaking equipment and I have seen snow on the slopes when in a 25 mile drive there was no snow to be seen at all. They have many runs for all levels from Green to BLack diamond. They have a trick park where kids do acrobatics of snowboards. They have many chairlifts but none have safety bars or buckle in belts with the exception of the main one which holds four people. That one has a safety bar. You can stay and rooms managed by Crystal Mountain or rent many cabins available right on site. A friend of mine owns a beautiful cabin there that can sleep up to 8. There are condos on top of the mountain you can also rent. From them you can go out the door and ski down many slopes. When finished you can then take the chairlift back up to the condos. They also have about 40 miles of cross country ski trials and a night trail, many on the golf courses. You can ski to about 10PM. THey have a website if you do a search for it.
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Old 22-10-07, 02:57 PM   #13
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thanks, sailboattrip for all ur imput. I have checked out crystal mt.'s website and found it very helpful. My friend and i are going there the day after xmas and we cant wait. this info has really helped me out. thanks so much!
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Ski tips up is key and know where you're going after the lift dumps you off. Hopefully there aren't people congregating right at the dump off. If you're very novice its more scary because the drop off can be fast (if the lift isn't a detachable) maybe faster than you ever go on a trail. At first when you learn to ski this may be the scariest part of the day, but eventually it'll be the last thing on your mind.

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Old 16-12-07, 10:08 PM   #15
 
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if you can stand up straight you can exit a chair lift, because thats all you do. you sit, your skis touch the ground, you stand up and slowly glide away. just dont think about it
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