Getting Off a Chairlift on a Snowboard

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When approaching the top of a chairlift on a snowboard, raise the nose of the board, keep the front foot centered, and ride straight off of the lift. Discover how to avoid panicking when getting off of a chairlift with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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In this next clip we're going to go over how to get off a ski chair. When you get on a lift, your front foot's strapped in, your rear foot is not. Your right foot is basically resting right here in the center of the board. When you're approaching the top of the lift, you want to raise your nose of your board. Keep your foot centered right here on the board. As you start to get closer to the exit of the lift, you want to scoot your butt to the end of the chair. Once you get to the top of the lift ramp, stand up off of the chair, and go forward. With your foot rested nice and calmly in the middle of the board. If you're a beginner, you might choose to be on the far left or the far right of the chair. That way you have an easier exit from the other people in the middle of the chair. Once you get off the lift, ride straight. Once you ride straight, and you feel your board slow down, you can take your foot off the middle part of the board and start skating like you were on a skateboard. It's important not to freak out. Everybody has done this, everybody's gone through it. Just the important key is to stay calm. Get out of the way. If you do fall, don't panic. Just scoot yourself....you'll have plenty of time to scoot yourself out of the way before the next chair comes, plus you'll have a lift attendant also watching you, if they need to stop the lift to keep people from coming in from behind. But the key element is to stay calm, ride straight off the lift, keep your foot in the middle of the board. Once you feel the board start to slow down, start skating your way out of the way.

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