The Skiers' 'Highway Code'

Skiing, like many other thrilling sports, involves risk-taking. But help to minimise the risks to yourself and other skiers by observing the FIS Code of Conduct whilst on our ski courses and at all other times on skis.

Code Of Conduct for Piste Users

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has a set of rules governing the conduct of piste users.

1.Respect for others. A skier must behave in such a way that they do not endanger or prejudice others.

2.Control of speed and skiing. A skier must ski in control. They must adapt their speed and manner of skiing to their personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.

3.Choice of route. A skier coming from behind must choose their route in such a way that they do not endanger skiers ahead. In other words, the skier in front/below always has priority.

4.Overtaking. A skier may overtake another skier above or below and to the right or the left, provided that they leave enough space for the overtaken skier to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.

5.Entering and starting. A skier entering a marked run or starting again after stopping must look up and down the run to make sure that they can do so without endangering themselves or others.

6.Stopping on the piste. Unless absolutely necessary, a skier must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.

7.Climbing and descending on foot. Whether climbing or descending on foot, the skier must keep to the side of the piste.

8.Respect for signs and markings. A skier must respect all signs and markings.

9.Assistance. At accidents every skier is duty-bound to assist.

10.Identification. Every skier and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.

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