Disabled skiers (handiskiers) who take part in adapted skiing with the help of specialised equipment (Uniski, Dualski, Tandemski) are not considered as skiers or snowboarders by the ‘office fédéral de transport’ federal transport office (OFT). Therefore, the OFT has transferred the responsibility for transporting or not these people on to the lift system company.
Téléverbier SA’ accepts to transport disabled skiers and their equipment as long as the employees and the handiskiers apply and respect the following procedure.
2. Types of equipment authorised
Téléverbier SA accepts to transport the following equipment on most of the lifts throughout the ski resort :
- Dualski piloté
- Tandemski piloté
Note: only lift system approved equipment is authorised (brand Tessier or equivalent). If the employee has any doubt about the equipment in question, he must contact his head of sector or his technical manager who will decide whether the transport is possible or not.
3. Taking the ski lifts
Types of lift:
- Cable car: No particular restrictions, apart from possible problems with regards to access (stairs, access ramps, etc…).
- Gondolas: No particular restrictions, apart from possible problems with regards to access and with the transportation of the equipment, depending of the size of the gondolas. Cabins used for the transport of material can be used if necessary.
- The disabled skier who wishes to board a chairlift must make sure that the employee has seen them, that he is aware of the situation and ready to stop the lift if necessary
- The employee reduces the speed of the chairlift
- The disabled skier boards the lift alone or with his/her (accompanying) pilot
- The disabled skier positions his/her equipment alone or with the help of his/her pilot
- The employee informs the arrival station giving the number of the chair in order for the speed to be reduced on arrival
- Ski tow (drag lifts) :
- A disabled skiers who wishes to use a ski tow must imperatively be equipped with a towrope and must have a high level of competence
- The employee attaches the towrope on to the t-bar or button. The lift can be stopped in order to do this.
- The employee then leaves a maximum of two free perches behind the disabled skier.
- The employee informs the arrival station in order for the disabled skier to alight in a safe manner. If the arrival station is under camera surveillance only, the employee at the departure station will control the arrival on screen and will stop the lift if necessary.
Note: only perches designed for pulling two people can be used with equipment such as piloted Dualskis or Tandemski. Button lifts are, therefore, reserved for Unski or unaccompanied Dualski users with a good level of competence (see the list of ski lifts below).
Particular remarks valid for all types of ski lifts:
- For reasons of complications in the case where the lift needs to be evacuated, no more than one disabled skier can be transported at a time.
- The disabled skier or their pilot must always be equipped with lunges adapted to their equipment for any type of vertical evacuation from a chairlift or a gondola.
- Groups of disabled skiers (from 5 upwards) must be announced ahead of time to the management of Télénendaz (Person of contact: Lionel May).