If you're holidaying on the ski slopes this winter, be sure to read the International Ski Federation's rules of conduct for preventing accidents on the slopes. If you don't follow these rules and this results in an accident, you may be held liable for the financial consequences and even be prosecuted. The rules are there to keep everyone safe on the slopes and should be observed at all times.
Rules of conduct for piste safety
Respect other piste users
Never endanger other skiers or snowboarders.
Control your speed
Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and to the prevailing conditions of slopes, snow and weather, as well as to the number of skiers.
If you're skiing or snowboarding, you must give way to other skiers or snowboarders ahead of you.
You may overtake another skier or snowboarder to the right or to the left provided you leave plenty of space and don't obstruct them.
Beware when merging into a run
When entering or re-entering a marked run, look up and down the slopes before moving so as not to endanger yourself or others.
Avoid stopping in narrow or hard-to-see places
Don't stop on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. If you fall and haven't been hurt, move clear of the piste as soon as possible. If someone has been hurt you should warn skiers and snowboarders descending.
Climbing or descending on foot
Keep to the side of the piste when climbing or descending on foot.
Obey signs and markings
Always heed signs and markings, and obey instructions from slope safety staff.
You must provide assistance
If someone's had an accident on the slopes, you must stop and ask if you can help them and clear the way for the emergency services when they arrive.
Keep a form of ID on you at all times
You must be able to identify yourself and exchange names and addresses following an accident, even if you weren't involved.
- Make sure you've got the right gear and do warm-up exercises
before hitting the slopes.
A helmet will greatly help to reduce injuries if you fall or crash.
- Our family insurance covers you and your family if you cause an accident on the ski slopes.
- KBC-VAB Assistance Insurance covers you if your car breaks down. And you get worldwide personal assistance services for you and your whole family.
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