Have you ever been skiing or snowboarding, looked up into the air, and said to your mate Dave: “Dave, mate. What the hell is that?!” And then Dave, because Dave is such a nice friend, has proceeded to cooly and calmly explain that what you’re looking at is in fact a chairlift…and that they’re actually quite a common sight in ski areas. Cheers, Dave! #Legend
For beginner skiers, the sheer amount of skiing words and skiing things there are can seem rather intimidating (and there’s not always a Dave at hand to help). Fortunately for the rookies among you, Mpora is here to explain stuff in a way that’s hopefully as informative as it is entertaining.
Right, so. Enough intro fluff. Let’s talk about ski lifts.
The Magic Carpet
How it works: There’s nothing particularly magic about a human conveyor belt, sorry guys. But yes, in a nutshell it is exactly that. Ski/ board/ step onto the conveyor belt and allow it to whisk you back up to the top of the hill.
- Covers a small amount of space efficiently: ideal with beginner slopes.
- No trickery involved, you don’t need much practice to hop on and off this lift.
- It’s not very magic though, is it? Disappointing.
- Good luck with keeping your balance on the first go.