A breathtaking mountain panorama, sunshine and a perfectly groomed piste – which winter sports enthusiast can resist this temptation to make a quick descent into the valley? Even though skiing and snowboarding make for a lot of fun, accidents are not uncommon.
Instead of finishing an enjoyable day of skiing with après-ski, every year 66,000 Swiss people end up in hospital. But it doesn't need to be like that. Many accidents can be avoided by behaving in the right way on the slope. The International Ski Federation's rules for the conduct of skiers and snowboarders should always be followed.
- The foremost principle is mutual consideration. No one should behave in a way that endangers another person. Adjust your skiing to your level of ability, the terrain and the number of people on the piste.
- Skiers or snowboarders coming up from behind must choose a path that does not endanger those ahead of them. When overtaking, you must leave enough space for those you are passing.
- Before joining a piste, you must be sure the way is safe. Pay attention to instructions and markings. Avoid stopping in a place where you are not visible. Skiers or snowboarders climbing the slope or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
- If there is an accident, everyone nearby must give help. The accident spot must be marked. The best way to do this is to put the skis in the snow in the shape of a cross. Everyone is obliged to give their personal details to the rescue workers. You can read the International Ski Federation's 10 rules of conduct here.
We advise you to take out accident insurance to protect yourself against the consequences of an accident.
If you follow these simple rules, you will protect the health and safety of other winter sports enthusiasts and enjoy your skiing more.