I've been snowboarding for about 6 years. At first the lifts didn't bother me, but every year it gets worse for some reason. Last year I got on the lift and had to close my eyes the entire way (about a 15 min ride) because if i saw how high i was,i started to feel violently panicked. i had this visceral urge to jump off the lift - I knew obviously that this was the worst think i could do, but it was all i could do to stay on the lift and not do something dumb. Needless to say, i boarded down the mountain and didn't go back up.
I think the main problem is that there is nothing holding me in to the lift - i can go rock climbing, and as long as i'm roped in, i feel fine. Did anyone else have this problem, and if so, how did you deal with it?