The Skier’s and Snowboarder’s Code of Conduct
Live carefree days on the ski slopes. Safety First!
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he or she does not endanger others.
2. Control of speed and behaviour
Skiers and Snowboarders must be in control at all times. They must adapt their speed and manner of descent to suit their own skiing or snowboarding ability, as well as the weather conditions and the quality of the snow.
3. Choice of route
The skier or snowboarder below you does not have eyes in the back of his/her head. So if you are approaching someone from behind, it is your responsibility to change course to avoid a collision.
Skiers and snowboarders can overtake other skiers and snowboarders above or below, or to the left or the right. However, they must always give the person they pass enough room to make his/her turns, and to allow for sudden changes of direction.
5. Crossing or entering a piste
Always look uphill and downhill before you cross or enter a piste, and be prepared to stop suddenly to avoid collisions.
Unless it is absolutely necessary, skiers or snowboarders should not stop on narrow sections of piste or where they cannot be seen by those above them. If they fall over in such a place, they should clear the area as soon as possible.
7. Walking up or down a slope
When walking up or down a piste, skiers and snowboarders must always keep to its edge. When visibility is poor they must not attempt to climb a piste.
8. Signs, information boards, and markers
Skiers and snowboarders must respect all signs and markers on the slopes.
If there is an accident, every skier and snowboarder is duty-bound to assist.
Anyone involved in or witnessing an accident must give his/her name and address and personal details.
11. Minimum passing space near the edge of a piste
Skiers and snowboarders should steer away from the edges of pistes, so they can be passed on both sides.
All mountain users should take account of the equipment people around them are using (for example telemark skis, snowboards, ski blades) – and allow for the different routes they will take as a result.