The International Ski Federation’s rules of conduct
For all mountain users, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has ten rules for skiers/ snowboarders to help everyone stay safe on the slopes. They should be followed at all times.
1. Respect: Do not endanger others.
2. Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and to the general conditions on the mountain.
3. Choice of route: The skier/snowboarder in front has priority – leave enough space.
4. Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier/snowboarder.
5. Entering and starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked run.
6. Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can easily be seen.
7. Climbing: When climbing up or down, always keep to the side of the piste.
8. Signs: Obey all signs and markings – they are there for your safety.
9. Assistance: In case of accidents provide help and alert the rescue service.
10. Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses.
If you are unfortunate to be injured in an accident or witness an accident, there are a few pointers which will help:
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 to give warning
First Aid – assess the general condition of the casualty
• Airway – check it is clear
• Breathing – check for breathing
• Circulation – check for pulse. Cover any wound and apply firm pressure
• Provide warmth – A silver space blanket or warm jacket placed over the casualty is ideal. Give them nothing to eat or drink, especially alcohol
Alert the rescue service
• 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 and of witnesses
• Place, time and circumstances of accident
• Terrain, snow conditions and visibility
• Markings and signs
• Report to the police as soon as possible