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Ski & Snowboarding Safety

To help skiers and snowboarders stay safe on the slopes the International Ski Federation (FIS) has ten rules which should followed at all times.

The International Ski Federation's 10 rules of conduct

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 or snowboarder in front has priority - leave enough space.

4. Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier or snowboarder.

5. Entering and starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked ski 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.

In the event of an accident

If you are injured in an accident or witness an accident whilst on the ski slopes there are some things that you should do:

  • Assisting in case of an accident

Secure the accident area and protect the injured skiers with crossed skis or planted snowboard above the injured person. If necessary post someone higher up the slope to warn other skiers.

  • First Aid - assess the general condition of the casualty

Check airways and breathing, cover any wound and apply firm pressure. Provide warmth, but don't give them anything to eat or drink, especially alcohol.

  • Alert the ski rescue service

Tell them the location of the accident (piste name and nearest piste marker), the number of people injured and types of injury.

Ski and snowboard checklist

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