How to react in the event of an accident on the ski slopes, wed'ze advice

What should you do in the event of an accident on the ski slopes?

Have you witnessed an accident on the ski slopes? We tell you how to react to help the victims and avoid a further accident.

The 3 words to remember in the case of an accident are 

If you witness an accident, or if you're the first to arrive, these are the 3 things to think about:

1- Protect - secure the zone

When an accident occurs on the ski slope, the first thing to do is to protect the victim as well as the other skiers. Your aim is to avoid another accident, worsen the victim's injuries, or find yourself in an accident too.

A simple way to warn other skiers to slow down and be careful when arriving in the area of the accident:plant your skis forming a cross in the snow, above the accident zone.

If possible, have another skier stand beside the skis to indicate that help is in progress, especially in areas with poor visibility.

What should you do in the event of an accident on the ski slopes?

Did you know?

When you contact the emergency services, there is a procedure to follow: give your first and last name, the place where you are located, and the number where you can be reached. Then you give the indications on the current emergency (accident, theft, fire ...). You are not sure whether you will be able to think of all this? Don't worry, the people who answer emergency calls are trained and will know how to give you all the information you need.


Good to know: the 112

4 things to know, that not all people are aware of, and yet so useful: the emergency number!

- it ia accessible even in the event of a network failure.
- It is available in the 28 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Israel, in the United States, and even India!
- The contact person changes depending on the country, but it is always in an emergency service.
- it is valid for all types of emergencies: accident, fainting, serious injury, theft, fire...

2- Alert - notify the emergency services

1 – Compile the important information

To be able to alert the emergency services in the best way, start by compiling the important information:

- the place where you are of the piste, number of the nearest signpost. These are placed along the slopes and positioned approximately every 100 meters on average - name, first name, sex and age of the accident victim, as far as possible - area of injury - causes and circumstances of the accident: if you did not witness the accident, ask others around you.

2 - Contact the emergency services – the 112

Call the emergency services at the resort where you are skiing to report the accident.The emergency services number can be found on the piste maps and on your ski pass. Be careful, this number changes from one resort to another.

In the case of doubt, the one number to remember is: the 112. It is the emergency number available throughout Europe, accessible even in the event of a network failure. Wherever you are, you will contact a service that receives emergency calls, and which will be able to initiate the appropriate assistance according to your emergency. Don't forget:the 112 !

If you don't have a phone or if you don't have a network, ask another skier to contact the ski lift to notify the resort who will relay your alert, always giving him the maximum of information.

3. Rescue - the role of the patrolers

What should I do while I'm waiting?Stay with the victim and continue to protect them to avoid other accidents. Do not try to move the victim, but remember to protect him from the cold. The human body cools very quickly on contact with snow, even if the temperatures are mild. Use your ski jacket or, if available, a survival blanket.

Once rescue arrives, stay close to the area. Rescuers may have questions to ask you concerning the accident.Don't leave until they give you the green light!

You now know what to do to help an injured skier. And what about you... Have you witnessed an accident on the ski slopes?

What should you do in the event of an accident on the ski slopes?

Grégory dieu

Ski Patroller since 2004
Domaine de La Clusaz, Haute-Savoie, France

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