Check out the ski slope code

 

On the ski slopes, as when driving a car, there is a code to comply with so that everyone can fully enjoy the snow safely. But what are the basic rules?

 

 

Before you hit the slopes for your fill of thrills, it's important to remember that there are rules of good conduct. Here's a little reminder of these rules to go through as a family, as you get ready to take to the slopes


The 10 golden rules

These rules have been drawn up by the International Ski Federation. They allow everyone to enjoy safe skiing while respecting other skiers and snowboarders.

 

1. Consider others, behaving responsibly so as not to put other people's lives in danger.
2. Control your speed, adapting it according to your abilities, taking into account the state of the snow and the weather (eg: slow down when crossing areas for beginners, near the lift queues or at the bottom of the slopes).
3. Choose your direction in advance, taking a route that ensures the safety of skiers further down the slope (skiers below you won't necessarily see you coming, so it's for you to plan ahead) to avoid a collision.
4. Leave enough room when overtaking, a sufficient distance to allow for the trajectory of the skier being overtaken.
5. Take care when starting off or crossing with others, ensuring you can join a run or a practice area without endangering others, by simply looking up and down the slope.
6. Take care when stopping so as not to block the run, avoiding stopping in narrow sections or behind rises so that you remain visible to skiers further up the slope.
7. Use the edges of runs if you need to go back up the slope on skis or on foot.
8. Check the weather and take note of signs, following instructions (danger warnings, closed slopes, avalanche risks).
9. Raise the alarm if an accident occurs, and offer assistance to anyone in danger.
10. Offer to act as a witness in case of an accident, whether you're directly involved or just an onlooker.

 

These 10 basic rules, easy to remember and follow, mean you can go about your business freely without endangering anyone, for a fuss-free holiday.

 

sources: http://www.fis-ski.com/mm/Document/documentlibrary/Administrative/02/04/31/10FISRulesofConduct-French-A4_Neutral.pdf


Signs on the slopes

On the slopes, it's important you take note of the signs. Found on the edges of the runs or near the ski lifts, these panels are there to inform and warn you of a risk of danger, so be sure to comply with them by adapting your behaviour accordingly.

 

On the ski route :

DANGER

LOW SNOW COVERAGE

CROSSING SKI LIFT
CROSSING
ATTENTION SKIER ATTENTION WALKERS SNOW CANNON

 

Near the ski runs :

DANGER

CREVASSES

CLIFFS AVALANCHES

 

Behaviour on the ski lifts

Behaving appropriately is also important when using the lifts so that you don't cause hold-ups and annoyance, and use them in total safety.

Here are a few basic rules:

  • On ski tows:

     

    . Don't slalom on the tow track, as you may derail the cable.

     

    . Get out of the way quickly at the top, or the next tow might hit you

     

    . Remove your straps or you may get stuck to the tow

  • On chairlifts:

     

    . Make sure you're ready as you get on board to avoid being taken by surprise and losing your balance

     

    . If you don't get on right, let go immediately

     

    . Be careful with children, and help them on and off

     

    . Sit firmly back in your seat and wait till you arrive before raising the guard rail

     

    . Backpack in front, poles in one hand, the other to act as a buffer

  • In the gondola:

     

    . Don't try to swing the cabin

     

    . If it stops, keep calm and wait for instructions from the staff

     

 

 

 

On the slopes and on the ski lifts, keep your wits about you and consider others, and you'll enjoy yourself all the more for it.

So what are your tips for safety on the slopes? Make sure you share your comments with the rest of us!

 

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