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Mountain Code

Mountain code of conduct for skiers and snowboarders

The FIS (International Ski Federation) has established ten rules for the conduct of skiers and snowboarders.
They are to ensure safety on the slopes and are governed by law. In short, they are:

Respect: Do not endanger others.

Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and to the general conditions on the mountain.

Choice of route: The skier/snowboarder in front has priority - leave enough space.

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

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

Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can easily be seen.

Climbing: When climbing up or down, always keep to the side of the piste.

Signs: Obey all signs and markings - they are there for your safety.

Assistance: In case of accidents provide help and alert the rescue service.

Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses.

All the above rules are binding by law and apply to both skiers and snowboarders.

Important guidelines for skiers and snowboarders
• You ski/board at your own risk.
• Pay attention to all signs and markers.
• Please ski/board on marked runs - these are protected from unexpected alpine dangers.
• The areas outside the marked runs are called 'off piste', they are not patrolled or groomed.
• Watch out for piste preparation machines.
• Respect nature - take care not to ski in areas where young trees or wildlife will be disturbed and don't litter.

The above guidelines apply to all users of the marked pistes.


Skiing or snowboarding off-piste
Outside the marked pistes and itineraries are areas which are NOT protected from alpine dangers.

Signs around the ski area will warn you when avalanche danger is present.

Even when there is no warning of avalanches there could be local snow slides.

Unless you know an area well, only ski/board off-piste with a guide (in the USA, skiing/boarding "out of bounds" without a guide can lead to confiscation of your lift pass).

IF IN DOUBT NEVER SKI /SNOWBOARD AWAY FROM THE MARKED SKI RUNS

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