Chairlift Safety Tips
MAKE SURE TO STAY SAFE ON THE LIFTS
Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR) is home to the largest learning areas in Southern California, so we see our fair share of first-timers. To make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, check out the following safety tips before taking a chairlift ride.
When riding a fixed-grip chairlift (chairlifts that do not automatically slow down while loading and unloading), quickly move from the “Wait Here” line to the “Load Board” area. As the chair approaches, remember to “turn, reach, and grab” – turn to the outside of the chair, reach back with your free hand, and grab on to the vertical pole. Try practicing a few times while waiting in line to make sure you feel comfortable before reaching the loading area.
If you use ski poles you should take the straps off of your wrists and hold them in your inside hand – away from the outside of the chair – while loading.
RIDING THE CHAIRLIFT
While riding the chairlift, sit with your back firmly against the back of the chair and hold on to the vertical bar next to them until it’s time to unload the chairlift. You should also refrain from squirming or shifting their weight while seated – especially in wet or icy conditions – to avoid sliding out of the chair.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP WITH THE KIDDOS
Children under 51" may be assisted by lift operators unless instructed otherwise by their parent or guardian. Our qualified lift staff is available to assist with loading guests of all ages and abilities, including small children, so don't hesitate to ask them for assistance, if needed.
BBMR recommends that kids do not ride chairlifts alone, but if they do, they should sit to the far outside of the chair next to the armrest. Children not seated next to an armrest should be accompanied by an adult. In either scenario, the safety bar down should always be lowered when riding the chairlift for added security and only raised when directed to do so by BBMR staff.
Check out the Mountain Safety Guide Video Series 4: Chairlift Safety. This video has been produced in an attempt to reduce the risks associated with riding chairlifts and is approved by the Ski California Board.