The Ski Way Code
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The Ski Way Code
It is vital, for safety reasons, to follow a few simple, but important, rules on the mountain:
- RESPECT FOR OTHERS
Be aware of all skiers around you and do not endanger them. Give priority to skiers downhill of you. When overtaking or crossing the path of another skier, it is your reponsibility to ensure that you do not collide or cause him/her to fall.
- CONTROL OF SPEED
Only ski within the limits of your ability and be sure you can always stop safely.
- CHOICE OF ROUTE
Pick your route carefully and be prepared to handle changing situations with other skiers/boarders and the mountain itself.
Always allow space for others to make their turns and remember that those ahead of you have right of way. The slower skier/boarder also has right of way.
- START IN SAFETY
Look up and down before starting off or entering a piste and ensure enough space to avoid the path of other piste users.
- STOPPING ON THE PISTE
Never stop to rest in the middle of a piste or on blind corners or sudden drops. Get to the side of the piste where it is safer. After a fall, move quickly to the side.
- RESPECT FOR SIGNS AND MARKINGS
Always obey signs. They provide vital information for YOU and YOUR safety on the mountain.
- HELP AT ACCIDENTS
- IDENTIFY YOURSELF AT AN ACCIDENT
Understand accident procedures and be prepared to help. Witnesses must provide names and addresses.
Remember, never ski alone. Always ski in a group of at least 4 and, in the event of an accident, two people can seek help while the other can remain with the injured person. This is the official advice from the English Ski Council.