Rules Of The Ski And Snowboarding Slopes

It’s important to know the rights and wrongs of any sport, so read up on the essential rules of skiing.

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The International Ski Federation (ISF) has set up some rules for the correct conduct of skiers and snowboarders, the purpose being to avoid (wherever possible) accidents on the piste.

The rules apply to all skiers and snowboarders and failure to respect them could in some circumstances could lead to criminal liability. We do not want to worry anyone here, but simply inform you of the skiing and snowboarding code of conduct on the slopes.

International Ski Federation rules for ski and snowboarding conduct

  • Respect for others on skis and snowboards: A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
  • Control of speed and behavior: A skier or snowboarder must move in control. They must adapt their speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to their personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather, as well as to the density of traffic.
  • Choice of ski or snowboarding route: A skier or snowboarder coming from behind (who are higher up the slope) must choose his or her route in such a way that he or she does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
  • Overtaking during skiing or snowboarding exercise: A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below, and to the right or to the left, provided that he or she leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
  • Entering, starting and moving upwards: A skier or snowboarder either: entering a marked run, starting again after stopping, or moving upwards or crossing on the slopes, must look up and down the slopes so that he or she can move without endangering themselves or others.
  • Stopping on the piste: Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
  • Walking up or downhill for skiing or snowboarding: A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
  • Respect for signs and markings: A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings. This includes slope information, weather conditions, and the conditions of the slopes and snow.
  • Assistance following ski or snowboarding accidents: At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
  • Identification after a ski or snowboarding accident: Any witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident. They must identify themselves to Piste Control, as well as to any others involved in the ski or snowboarding accident.