Well, I bent my poles at a mid station once, totally my fault, Went to straighten them, one did, the second snapped. Phooey.
I saw a guy getting pushed at the beginner detachable quad at Sunday river, and I just shook my head, No way you should have a problem there, even as a beginner. So I go to get on and darn near do the same thing, The seats were total ice.
As far as the chair to the back of the legs, I feel it is my responsibility to seat myself, even if it's a good liftie. Thanx always.