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ALPINE SKI LESSONS: SKI LIFTS
Ski lifts
If the departure area is on a slope, brake using the snowplough technique. Hold your ski poles in one hand and grab the pole with your free hand. Your skis should be parallel to each other, you should be standing straight with your knees bent.
The departure of some ski lifts can be jerky...To anticipate the pole's possibly strong pull, increase your knee flex and stand leaning slightly backwards.
During the lift, keep your skis parallel to each other, and stand on the entire sole of your feet (you shouldn't be leaning too much forward or backwards). The knees should remain bent and your tibiae should be lightly leaning against your ski boots' tongue.
Tip
If the snow is icy and you are having trouble keeping your skis from skidding, try edging on both your skis: while staying in the position described above, roll inwards both knees (which should be bent). The skis will be a lot easier to control this way.
Upon arrival, pull on the pole to free yourself from it and leave the arrival area as fast as possible.

Upon arrival, watch out for the poles coming up behind you and for those going the opposite way.

You can take advantage of being on the lift to loosen your boots a bit so as to relieve the pressure on your feet temporarily.
Chairlifts
As with ski lifts, you can brake using the snowplough method if the departure area is on a slope. However, if other skiers are with you, you might have trouble spreading out your skis. Depending on the situation, you may either choose to go for a snowplough where you won't spread out your skis much but where you'll be doing an increased edging (legs bent at the knees and facing inwards) or to wait for the others to leave to go.
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