Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, Guest Services Management, in conjunction with its operational plan as operator of Giants Ridge, does not allow individuals younger than 3 years old to embark, ride and disembark on a chairlift at Giants Ridge. In addition, Giants Ridge does not allow skiers/snowboarders, mountain bike riders or any other individuals riding a chairlift to carry an infant or toddler in their arms, backpacks, chest packs, baby bjorns or other similar devices.
This policy stems in part from the safety concerns with the infant/toddler and/or parent as well as for the safety of our employees. The basis for this policy, in part, is that the national safety standards which govern chairlift design and operations (referred to as the ANSI B.77 passenger ropeway safety standards) requires chairlift passengers to be individually able to access chairlifts on their own accord and ability. Also, the chairlift’s design precludes the use of a pack by a guest. In addition, because of safety concerns related to the potential evacuation of chairlifts and the equipment employed in such evacuations, our evacuation procedures require that a passenger not be unencumbered by carrying infants in their arms or in packs – both for the safety of our guests and our employees and mountain patrol who conduct such evacuations. Lastly, there are additional safety concerns related to skiing/snowboarding or mountain bike riding with an infant in a pack or child carrier, especially the potentially elevated risks of skier vs. skier collisions or collisions with objects and the potential harm to an infant in a pack or carrier – no matter how well trained or the expertise of the adult carrying the infant.