Started by Mikeandangela in Ski Chatter 24-Jan-2009 - 55 Replies
I regularly ride down on one of the local chairlifts with skis that was specially designed for that purpose. It has loading and unloading areas on both the upside and the downside and the chairs are fitted with ski racks for carrying skis on the downward journey. At lunch time and at the end of the day when downloading mainly takes place the lift company stations extra personnel on the downside to help with loading and unloading. It's one of only a handful of chairlifts in the region where I live that is designed to operate in this manner.
At Cortina D'Ampezzo some of the chairlifts are reserved solely for skiers and some of them may also be used by pedestrians the lift company's website gives details https://www.impianticortina.it/en/facilities-ski-area-tofana-cortina/ As the others have said the lift operator was just doing his job, if he had let you ride down on the lift with skis he might have been subject to disciplinary action.
When you bought your ski pass you also accepted the lift company's terms and conditions:
9. Owners and operators of lift system facilities are not responsible or liable neither for damages arising from improper use of their facilities nor for the consequences of card holders' incorrect and illicit behaviour performed during their attendance at the lift system facility, the ski slopes and its surrounding areas. Strict compliance is required with the Facility User Guidelines as on display at the point of departure of all facilities.
19. Skiers ski exclusively at their own risk. Slope routes are to be chosen and speed must be adapted to the skiers' personal skills and abilities. Skiers have also to take into proper account terrain conditions, visibility, snow and meteorological conditions, indications provided on sign-posts as well as operation time of lift system and skiing facilities. Skiers are, moreover, bound to observe all provincial and regional regulations in force as well as the rules of the code of conduct provided for by Law no. 363/2003 (and subsequent amendments) and those displayed in the ski pass sales offices, at the lift system facilities or available at the web site www.dolomitisuperski.com. In instances where accidents occur first aid assistance and transport may imply a cost charge.
21. The classification of the slopes, as shown on the skiing maps, is to be taken as mere indication.
25. By purchasing and/or using the Ski pass or the Points Value Card, the document holder expressly acknowledges the content and entirely accepts the present general sales conditions, available at the points of sale and on the web site www.dolomitisuperski.com.
I hope this experience has not stopped you from wanting to be a skier. As a life long passion of mine
it gives me great joy to see or promote the same spark in others.
In any endeavor, a base knowledge of what you are doing is the responsibility of the person doing the activity.
Would you purchase or rent a high performance car, and enter a road rally having never taken a driving lesson?
It's different rules in different places, where I ski (Canada) , downloading is permissible in cases of distress or special arrangement only. In any case, a Ski-Patroller must accompany the person being downloaded for various reasons. If a person is having a panic attack because they made a bad choice, a case could be made.
I will say, the lifty acted correctly in getting you off the lift at the top. You should have asked for help, there may have been options available, being taken down on a snowmobile, or rescue toboggan or whatever, but you should have asked. Obviously, from your story, walking down, was your second poor decision.
Having been employed at ski hills (as a Patroller and Ski Instuctor), given your state of mind having been told to get off the lift, I hope you treated the poor kid making barely over minimum wage with respect. He did his job. You should have asked for help at the top of the lift from ski patrol if you were beyond your ability.
Topic last updated on 02-January-2019 at 18:06