Skiing in Matrei, East Tirol, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter
Skiing in Matrei, East Tirol, © Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter

Staying Safe on the Slopes

The rules of conduct issued by the International Ski Federation (FIS) ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders.

Always be careful when skiing and snowboarding in order to keep yourself and others safe on the slopes. Here are a few important things to bear in mind:

  • Know your ability. Be mindful of your own safety when skiing and only use the ski slopes that are suitable to your skiing ability. The pistes are divided up into blue (novice), red (intermediate) and black (expert) slopes. All official ski slopes are groomed and checked regularly.
  • Know your material. Part of a safe skiing experience is having the model of skis or snowboard that is right for you and having an expert adjust the bindings. Speak to a member of staff at one of the local ski shops or hire centres. They will gladly assist you.
  • Know your limits.Ski at a speed adapted to the slope and the weather. Avoid skiing when you are tired or if do not have the proper technique.
  • Know the FIS rules. These rules issued by the International Ski Federation (FIS) apply worldwide. They are mandatory and an important part of a fun and enjoyable experience.

The FIS Rules

The FIS rules apply to all people engaging in winter sports and are designed to enhance safety when skiing and snowboarding.

Be considerate of others and help them in emergencies.Only ski as fast as your ability allows.Choose your route carefully and pay attention to signs and markings.Be considerate when overtaking, and watch out for other skiers when entering, setting off and moving upwards on the slopes.
Make sure you do not get in the way of other skiers and snowboarders when stopping, ascending and descending.When taking a break, make sure you stay on the edge of the piste.When walking up or down a ski piste, stay on the edge of the slope in order to avoid collisions.Pay attention to piste markings and warning signs.
If you witness an accident on the ski slopes, you must stop and help.You must carry an ID card or other piece of identification at all times when on the ski slopes.
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