On piste safety
The International Ski Federation's FIS Rules of Conduct.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has developed 'Rules of Conduct' that apply to all who use the pistes - regardless of what equipment they're using. This 'highway code' for the snow helps everyone to stay safe on the slopes, and should be followed at all times.
FIS Rules of Conduct:
1. Respect for other skiers and snowboarders
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he or she does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding
Every skier or snowboarder must move in control. He or she must adapt the speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to 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 or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his or her route in such a way not to endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that enough space is left for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
When entering marked run: Skiers or snowboarders, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes, must look up and down the slopes before moving so as not to endanger themselves or others.
Unless absolutely necessary, skiers or snowboarders must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. If a fall should occur here, it is essential to move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the slopes.
8. Respect for signs
Skiers and snowboarders must respect all signs and markings.
In the case of an accident, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Following any accident, every skier and snowboarder, whether a responsible party or witness, must exchange names and addresses.
Accidents can occur on the slopes, so make you know what you should do in the event of one.
Assisting in case of an accident
• Secure the accident area.
• Protect with crossed skis or planted snowboard above the injured person. If necessary post someone up the slope to give warning.
• Airway - check it is clear
• Breathing - check for breathing
• Circulation - cover any wound and apply firm pressure
• Provide warmth - give nothing to eat or drink, especially alcohol.
Alert the rescue services
• Contact the resort's emergency service - the telephone number is normally on the piste map
• Place of accident (piste name and nearest piste marker)
• Number of people injured
• Type of injury
Establish the facts of the accident
• Names and addresses of people involved as well as witnesses.
• Place, time and circumstances of accident.
• Terrain, snow conditions and visibility.
• Markings and signs.
• Report to the police as soon as possible.
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