Why it’s a good idea to remove your backpack before riding the chairlift

February 5th, 2013 by

From Erik van der Linde on YouTube:

“Last January I switched from a sleek low profile freeride backpack just big enough to hold my shovel, probe and first-aid kit to a potentially life saving, but far bulkier avalanche backpack with an airbag system. Just like the old pack I kept it on, riding the chair like I did countless times before. Did you know there are actually signs that you tell not to?

A couple of things came together in a rather unimaginable way: Snow on the chair, little focus on the departure, the mandatory groinloop wasn’t in its proper place, the footrest picking me up by the carrier strap… Tremendous odds of all these things happening at the same time and with the same outcome.

A very big thank you for my ski buddies for their support. The annoying whirring sound is the turbofan of my Smith goggle.”

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About the author:
Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.