Skiing Safety Fun
The total skier practises the skills and techniques learned for turning and controlling the skis by selecting the most friendly parts of the piste. Anticipate the terrain and the snow to give the most satisfying run down. At the same time develop a respect for the hazards to be avoided or treated with care, and always choose a sensible speed and skiing line which does not present you with unnecessary risks and difficulties.
Skiing with safety
Total skiing means that all skiers have to act responsibly and not recklessly bash down the piste, oblivious of other skiers and dangers. To help all skiers enjoy their sport in safety – using the pistes with regard to others, observing the natural hazards of the mountains in winter, and being aware of one’s own limitations – a code of conduct has been drawn up.
The skiers’ code of conduct
1. Consideration for others – you must ski in such a way that other skiers are not placed in danger.
2. Control of speed – a skier must ski in control always, adjusting their speed to be able to stop and avoid other skiers.
3. A slower skier has right of way -approaching another skier from behind, you must change your track to avoid endangering the slower skier.
4. Overtaking – overtake with a wide margin to avoid impeding the slower skier’s path (Note No. 3).
5. Stopping on the piste – a skier must avoid stopping, whenever possible, in the middle of a piste or narrow trail. Move to the side, as soon as possible, to ensure the safety and free passage of other skiers.
6. Walking or climbing up -when it is necessary to walk or climb near a piste, use only the side of the trail. Never walk or climb in the middle.
7. Joining a piste – the skier entering a main slope from an intersecting piste shall give way to skiers on the main slope.
8. Starting off- before starting off, or when crossing another track, look first to make sure the way is clear of other skiers.
9. All signs – observe and obey all piste signs placed to control downhill skiing and use of lifts. At all times co-operate with lift staff and Ski Patrol.
• It is sensible to be physically fit before skiing. On the snow try to warm up before setting off. Wise skiers do a few stretching and limbering up exercises at the top of the lift before moving off downhill. This is very important if the weather is cold.
• Check that your equipment is correct and properly adjusted. Boots should fit correctly and skis/bindings should be in good order.
• Wear adequate clothing appropriate to the weather conditions and temperature at the top of the lift system.
• Check you have goggles or sunglasses, and use a recommended sun-cream and lipsalve for protection from sunburn in mountain-altitude conditions.
• It is not advisable to ski alone, better with companions or in ski school. Do not venture off the pisted tracks without an experienced guide, and always check that snow conditions are stable and not avalanche critical.
• Be aware of your own limitations. When cold or tired, stop for a while. Tired skiers and those who ski beyond their limits of ability are more prone to injury.