SKI T-BAR LIFTS



The T-bar lift, is a mechanised system for transporting skiers, snowboarders, etc. uphill. It is only used in low capacity situations in large resorts and small local slopes servicing skiers numbered in the dozens rather than in the hundreds or thousands.

The T-Bar lift have an aerial steel cable loop running over a series of wheels, powered by an engine at one end. Hanging from the rope are a series of vertical recoiling cables attached to a T-shaped bar, about a meter in both dimensions, that is placed behind the skier's or snowboarder's buttocks. This pulls the passenger uphill while they slide across the ground. A single T-bar transports a maximum of two people per T-bar unit.

Riding a T-Bar lift


We have to prepare us for the lift. You will glide into the loading area with your back foot out of the binding on your snowboard. This is common for almost all types of lifts so it is a good skill to get used to. An easy way to keep your balance is to rest your rear foot on the anti-slip pad.

First, we have to prepare us for the lift, You will slip into the loading area with your back foot out of the binding on your snowboard. This is made in almost all the types of lift so it is a good skill to get used to. An easy way to keep your balance is to rest your rear foot on the anti-slip pad.

When it is your turn, yourself and your partner will approximate the lift. You will want to try to time your actions to be at about the same time as your partners. This will help to prevent the bar from swinging wildly to one side or the other.

While you stand in the lift circuit reach out with your hand and catch the handle of the T-Bar as it approaches you. Once you have a grip on the handle squat down a little onto the T-Bar and prepare to be pulled up the hill.

The last barrier is the release at the top of the hill. In order to free your self of the T-Bar you will need to stand up and slightly spring yourself forward in order to gently launch yourself out of the lift track. It can be difficult to do this at first so take it slow. The lift operator will slow or even stop the T-Bar in order to get you out of the track safely.

Many of the things that are used for riding a rope tow also are used for riding on the T-Bar. You shouldn't lean back or you could be rolling backwards off the T-Bar and you may hit with the lap of the person behind you. Do not squat down to low as this will cause you to roll forward and out of the lift if the operator stops the lift or if you catch your snowboard on the snow. If you are new to snowboarding it always pays to take a little time to watch other people ride the lift and learn from them.

You should practice and learn the secret of the T-Bar. Everyone at some moment had to learn how to ride the T-Bar and most people had problems the first time they tried too. When you got your first ski instructions your instructor certainly told you how to ride the lifts on that particular hill which may not have included the T-Bar. If this is true for you feel free to ask for advice from either an instructor on the hill or the lift operator. Either person will be happy to tell you what you need to know to safely ride the lift and enjoy your snowboarding experience that much more.