Light Signals Raise Safety Bar

They have a light bar (30 sec. video) at the base of the
unloading ramp that signals riders to raise the safety bar.



March 22, 2017

Light bars for lift ramps. This
informal camera phone-video offers the experience of using a light bar from the
skier’s perspective.

Dave Riley, GM, HoliMont NY

“Falling accidents usually happen
where they always happen, right where the kid raises the restraining bar.

We want to keep those restraining
bars down longer so that if they are going to fall out of the chair, they not
going to fall as far. So we initially changed the signage on the towers to read
“raise the bar at the flag,” and we placed a blaze orange flag on the com cable
about halfway between the last tower and the top terminal. Nobody got it.
Nobody figured it out. Nobody paid attention to it. It was after that I’m in
Austria, and I see a light bar system and I was like — wow -this is much better
way to do it. This is clearly the better system, so I plagiarized it.”

RuddMarch 23, 2017

I reran the vidio anout 6 times and
still didnt get what you were tying to show

1. 23, 2017

Hi Gren – As a rider and approaching the unload ramp, you
will see the light bar as red *keep the restaint bar down* until you are just
over the bar where it the green light will appear in view. The rider now knows
this is the point to raise the bar to unload.

Not your fault you didn’t see it! This tricky to spot and I didn’t explain it
well enough.

KavanaghMarch 23, 2017

This is on many chairlifts in Europe
and is a very effective way to keep people in the chair. Takes a bit of getting
used to but well worth it.

NovakMarch 24, 2017

Well a couple of things: first not
all lap bars are the same, some have rests for skis and snow boards. This is
important because it takes time to get the ski or snow board off the foot rest.
Some have hand holds while others do not. My suggestion would be as follows: 1.
An orientation for new riders especially children in a mock up at ski school.
2. Publish a guide for patrons/parents of the importance of the patron to
follow loading and unloading procedures. Having said that yes this systems
looks like it has great potential as well! Keep in mind ADA requirements for
folks who maybe be color blind…

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