FOR A SAFE COOPERATION
We all want to enjoy skiing and enjoy it to the fullest, especially without accidents. But as with most sports, there are risks. The more careful and responsible you are on the slopes, the lower the risk of accidents. To this end, the FIS, the International Ski Federation, has drawn up 10 rules for the slopes, which every skier, snowboarder but also other people who might be on the slopes (cross-country skiers, snowshoe hikers) must know and also observe. Anyone who violates them and causes an accident as a result must reckon with civil or even criminal consequences.
Mandatory helmet use
In the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Styria, Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna, ski helmets are compulsory! However, this legal ski helmet obligation for skiing and snowboarding only applies to children and young people up to 14 years of age. In general, all adult winter sports enthusiasts are strongly recommended to wear a helmet.
Show consideration for others
Every participant on the slopes must always behave in such a way that he does not endanger or harm others.
Control of speed and skiing style
Every participant on the piste must adapt his speed and manner of driving to his ability and to the terrain and weather conditions.
Choice of lane
The skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his lane in such a way that he does not endanger the skiers or snowboarder in front of him.
Passing is permitted from above or below, from the right or from the left, but only at a distance that allows the overtaken skier or snowboarder room for all his movements.
Entering, starting and traversing the slope
Any skier or snowboarder who wishes to enter a downhill slope or traverse a slope must first check uphill and downhill to ensure that he/she can do so without danger to himself/herself or others. The same applies after each stop.
Lingering on the slope
Every skier or snowboarder must avoid lingering in narrow or blind spots on the slope. A skier or snowboarder who has fallen must clear such a place as soon as possible.
Ascent and descent
The ascending slope-walker may only use the edge of a downhill run. The same applies to the skier descending on foot.
Observing the signs
Every participant on the slope must observe the signs (markings and information signs) on the downhill runs.
Behaviour in case of accidents
In the event of an accident, everyone is obliged to render assistance.
Duty of identification in the event of accidents
very skier and snowboarder, whether a witness or a participant, must provide his or her personal details in the case of an accident.