Now we've all heard of the Green Cross Code and most of us grew up walking to school with lolly pop ladies keeping us safe from speeding cars, but did you know there is a code of conduct for the mountains?
There have been more and more cases of piste-rage hitting the press over the last few seasons, including a story on PlanetSki where an adult had to be restrained for hitting a 15 year old girl! With this in mind I thought I would share the F.I.S. Code of Conduct with you, so you can go on holiday with the peace of mind that you are skiing responsibly.
F.I.S. Code of Conduct
- Respect for others. You must not endanger and prejudice others.
- Control your speed. You must always ski and snowboard in control and at a speed appropriate to the conditions and your own ability.
- Downhill right of way. The skier or snowboarder downhill from you has priority.
- Overtaking. You may overtake a skier or snowboarder in front of you, though you must do at a safe speed and distance.
- Look up and down before starting. Whether entering a marked run or not you must always look and an down of your starting point to ensure that it it safe and that you will not be endangering others.
- Stopping. You must always avoid stopping on the piste where it is narrow or their is poor visibility. Only stop where you can safely been seen by others.
- Climbing & descent on foot. When climbing or descending the mountain on foot always keep to the side of the piste.
- Respect signs & markings. You must respect all signs and markings, these are in place for the safety or yourself and others.
- Assistance. If you witness or discover an accident you are duty bound to help and alert the rescue services.
- Identification. Following an accident, whether you are involved or as a witness, all skiers and snowboarders involved must exchange names and addresses.
The code of conduct is really common sense and has been devised so we can all enjoy the mountain and ensure that accidents, which do happen, are dealt with safely and swiftly. Hopefully the only concerns will be skiing safely and respecting others, which includes not skiing over their equipment in lift queues. The mountains are there to be enjoyed.