As an avid downhill mountain biker/snowboarder, it would be cool if Strava worked the way Slopes (getslopes.com) does, where chairlift rides don’t count towards a total activity distance.
This issue is a significant problem when looking at the monthly cycling climbing challenges. The top spots in the leaderboards are filled mostly with downhill riders who are using lift-assists or shuttles for getting back to the top, but recording all of it. Some are getting 20-30,000 feet or more in a single ride.
This has been a persistent problem for years now. I was really hoping that the Mountain Bike activity type would fix this problem (although it also comes up for roadies taking a ferry or train sometimes). It would really be as simple as a checkbox "Don't include paused elevation for this activity".
Especially if the trails in your area are on Trailforks, I highly recommend it for mtb stats and tracking (and they automatically recognize lifts in activities). You lose out on some of the segment functions on here, but until Strava demonstrates they care at all about mountain bikers, they're not worth supporting.
The simplest fix would be for strava to allow us to crop out sections of an activity, similar to being able to crop the start or end, as many times as needed, so we can manually remove the lifts, or anything else a user would like to remove from their activity. Another fix could be to "flag" a segment as being a lift, and have the elevation and distance of that segment removed from the ride.
@drewu I like the idea of flagging a segment. Most chairs I've ridden have it set as a segment already, with everyone vying for that rare day with a tailwind and an over-zealous lift operator. (The truly unachievable KOM/QOM)
@drewu - Actually, the simplest fix would be for Strava to employ features already used by other platforms that automatically remove lift rides from activities if the user identifies the rides as a downhill activity. No reason the user should have to go in and manually crop out 15+ portions of an activity when there is computer code already out there that would do it automatically.
I do agree that it would be nice to still have the option to crop out a portion in the middle of a ride just in general because sometimes an odd situation happens (say you catch a ride in a vehicle somewhere in the middle of a longer ride) without it splitting the activity into multiple separate activities.
Thanks for posting about this. For activities on Strava set to activity type "alpine ski" or "snowboard", any elevation gain does not count towards the activity elevation.
For other activity types, such as mountain biking, the best workaround for now is to pause your recording device while you're on the chairlift. Elevation gain and distance during the paused portion will not count towards your activity metrics.
Thanks again for your contribution.
My alpine skiing chairlift distance and elevation are added to my totals. Is it because I track with Garmin and sync with Strava and then change the activity type to alpine skiing? I prefer to track with my watch because it tracks heart rate and better GPS.
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