FIS rules are ideal and moral codes of conduct to avoid accidents and make ski resorts and their slopes safer places.
Since some time ago, ski and snowboarding practice has democratized and reached more followers. By this reason we can find overcrowding in small areas and we should also add the different ski levels between all kinds of users. This situation entails some risks sometimes. Given this situation we need to appeal to responsibility, common sense and the good know-how of whom we share the space on ski resorts.
International Ski Federation (FIS), founded in 1924 and made up of 54 national federations, adopted in 2002 FIS rules: an ideal behaviour code for skiers, snowboarders or anyone that slides in snow, which objective is avoid accidents and promote a safer environment. It’s a must been know behavioural model by all the skiers. Not respecting it could lead to civil or criminal liability.
Rules for skiers and snowboarders behaviour
- Consideration for others: skiers and snowboarders must constantly behave in a manner, which can neither endanger nor injure others.
- Control of speed and style: skiers and snowboarders must adjust their speed and style to their abilities, the terrain and the weather conditions.
- Choice of line: skiers and snowboarders coming from behind must select a line, which does not endanger those in front.
- Overtaking: overtaking is allowed from above or below and from right or left, but must always be at a distance which allows full freedom of movement to the person being overtaken.
- Entering, starting and moving upwards: those skiers or snowboarders wishing to enter the run, or cross the slope, must ensure that this is possible without endangering themselves or others, by checking both above and below. The same applies after every stop.
- Stopping on the slopes: skiers and snowboarders must avoid non-emergency stops at narrow or blind spots on a run. Fallers must clear such spots as quickly as possible.
- Ascents and descents: ascending skiers and snowboarders must keep to the edge of the run and leave in bad visibility. The same applies to those descending on foot.
- Observing the signs: skiers and snowboarders must observe the markings and signs on the slopes.
- Behaviour in the case of accidents: all skiers and snowboarders are obliged to help in case of an accident.
- Obligatory identification in case of accidents: all persons, whether witnesses or those involved, must identify themselves in case of an accident.
We hope that reading this rules could serve to educate and help to improve coexistence of all levels´ skiers and snowboarders. Remember that SKIBACK is useful to carry your skis and snowboard and is aimed at all targets, as adults as children, to provide the equipment’s transport.
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