Riding a T-Bar

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A t-bar is a surface lift. It will not carry you up the hill, like a chairlift. You have to stand on your skis or board, and let the T-bar drag you up the hill. It is easier to ride a T with a partner.

To load, get out into the loading area quickly. Look over your inside shoulder so you know when the T is coming. The lifty will pull the T down and put it underr your backside. Hang on. Some Ts have a sudden acceleration. Always thank the lifty. Offer them chocolate.

Riding a T-bar on skis is not hard. You should:

  • Stand with knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your skis parallel.
  • Keep weight evenly on both skis.
  • Look uphill - not at your ski tips.
  • Relax.
  • Not sit on the T, or lean against your partner.

If you need to steer the T, because of human detritus, you can steer them by edging. You should not do this unless absolutely necessary.

When you get to the top the person nearest the exit gets off first and the inner person takes the T, and gets off last. It is polite to ask first - "Will you / I will take the T" is usual.

Make sure you do not have a loose jacket or other clothing in which the T-bar can get caught as you try to get off.

Riding T-bars is easier in a pair. If you are in a lift line alone, or as part of an odd numbered group, shout "Single!!" and someone swhould find you and pair up. If you do not have a partner grabbing the empty side of the T will make it easier to ride.

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