Rules of conduct for skiers
Like other sports also skiing and snowboarding entails risks. In order to reduce them, the International Ski Federation FIS has established 10 rules of conduct, applicable to all skiing regions and valid for all skiers and snowboarders.
Here you will find these 10 most important rules, on which everyone should pay attention on the slopes.
- Respect for others: A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
- Control of speed: A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
- Choice of route: A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
- Overtaking: A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
- Entering, starting and moving upwards: A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
- Stopping on the ski slope: Unless it is absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the ski run in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the slope as soon as possible.
- Climbing and descending on foot: A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the ski run.
- Respect for signs and markings: A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
- Assistance: At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
- Identification: Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.