With Winter just around the corner, snow-lovers everywhere are dusting off their skiing equipment from the garage and heading out to the slopes. So, with this in mind, we thought would provide a quick reminder of the 10 rules of conduct any considerate skier or snowboarder should be adhering to, to make the slopes easier and safer to use for everyone.
For those new to the slopes, these ‘must-dos’ are set down by the resort, but it is down to us to encourage people to acknowledge and respect them. The following 10 rules apply to everyone using the pistes, regardless of what equipment they’re using. Every skier and snowboarder should be aware of these FIS rules in order to protect themselves and others from accidents on the ski slopes. Read on and find out exactly how well you know them!
Rule #1 – Respect for Others
Every skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he/she does not endanger or prejudice others.
Rule #2 – Controlling Speed Whilst Skiing or Snowboarding
Every skier or snowboarder must move with control. They must adjust their speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to their personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of the terrain, snow and weather, as well as to the density of traffic.
Rule #3 – Choice of path
Any skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose their path in such a way that they do not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
Rule #4 – Overtaking
Any skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left, provided that they leave enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any necessary voluntary or involuntary movement.
Rule #5 – Joining, Starting and Moving Upwards
Any skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards must look up and down the slopes so that they can do so without endangering themselves or others.
Rule #6 – Stopping
Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
Rule #7 – Ascending and Descending on Foot
Any skier or snowboarder either ascending or descending, wearing skis or not, must keep to the side of the piste.
Rule #8 – Respect for signs
Any skier or snowboarder must always pay attention to and follow the signs, markings and notices on the slopes.
Rule #9 – Assistance
You are obliged by law to always offer help and assistance in the event of an accident.
Rule #10 – Identification
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident. And always remember your helmet and back-protectors to protect yourself!
And That’s It!
Thanks for reading this Sun Ski Trips blog. We hope we have provided some much-need clarity and added a bit to your snow knowledge. We also hope that this information helps you better enjoy your experience at ski resorts, knowing that you are doing things properly. Perhaps you could also do your bit for safety and spread the word to others.
Ski Resorts always use these regulations and often print them on boards on the slopes, so look out for them on your next trip! However, we feel it’s better to know and understand all this in advance.
If you have any doubts about anything we’ve spoken about here, just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you in any way we can!
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