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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

4. Overtaking
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.

6. Stopping
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.

9. Assistance
In the case of an ac­ci­dent, ev­ery ski­er or snow­board­er is du­ty bound to as­sist.

10. Identification
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.

First Aid
• 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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