Rules for the Conduct of Skiers and Snowboarders





Rules for the Conduct of Skiers and Snowboarders. FIS has since many decades published guidelines to assist in the promotion of skiing and snowboarding, such as the rules for the conduct of skiers and snowboarders. These are to be used for guidance only and are subject to and do not replace the specific rules applicable to any given ski area, course, park or competition. The following document is the latest version of those guidelines.

  1. Respect for others - A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others. 
  2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding - A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic. 
  3. Choice of route - A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead. 
  4. Overtaking - A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement. 
  5. Entering, starting and moving upwards - A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others. 
  6. Stopping on the slope - Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the slope in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move and clear of the slope as soon as possible. 
  7. Climbing and descending on foot - A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the slope. 
  8. Respect for signs and markings - A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings. 
  9. Assistance - At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist. 
  10. Identification - Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.

General Comments on the FIS Rules

Skiing and Snowboarding like all sports entail risks. The FIS Rules must be considered an ideal pattern of conduct for a responsible and careful skier or snowboarder and their purpose is to avoid accidents on the slope. The FIS Rules apply to all skiers and snowboarders. The skier or snowboarder is obliged to be familiar with and to respect them. If he fails to do so, his behaviour could expose him to civil and criminal liability in the event of an accident.


Promotional and business activities on the ski slopes

Restriction to use the ski slopes and stop ways of ski areas for promotional purposes (for e.g. placement of stalls, advertising equipment, etc.) without the operator permission. Restriction to provide business activities on the ski slopes and ski stop ways without operator permission and appropriate permissions

Each visitor of the resort has an obligation to become familiar with these principles and general behavior guidelines on the ski slopes. By entering the ski slope and/or taking the mountains transport facilities in the resort these principles and guidelines are becoming mandatory for everyone. Tatry mounatin resorts, a.s. as the resort operator reserves the rights to prohibit the entrance on the ski slopes to the person breaking the principles and guidelines and also prohibit to use the services of mountain transport facilities in the particular day by blocking the skipass for this person, in case of any breaking of the principles and guidelines notified in the White Code and general guidelines of the operator after prior notice.

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