The 10 FIS Rules of

Conduct on the Slopes

Like any other sporting activity, the practice of any variety of winter sports brings about risks and responsibilities.

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) has proposed 10 norms of conduct that all ski resort users should comply with to avoid accidents on the slopes.

Both skiers and snowboarders should be familiar with these rules, put them into practice and observe them.

The Ten rules of conduct on the slopes


Respect for others

A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.


Control of speed while 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.


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.


Overtaking another skier

A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and from 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.


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 so that he does not endanger himself or others.


Stopping on the piste

Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.


Climbing and descending on foot

A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.


Respect for signs and markings

A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.


Assistance with accidents

At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.


Provide Identification

Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.

Safety on the Slopes

Safety is of paramount importance for all our ski school tours and all of our Suppliers complete a fully comprehensive Risk Assessment Form. We supply helmets free of charge to all clients 18 years and under, and their use is compulsory. We use only fully registered and official ski schools, lift pass companies etc.

Free Skiing

We strongly recommend that if students are skiing while not in lessons, they are supervised by Group Leaders. Alternatively, Group Leaders need to know on which slopes students are skiing, and also know in which area they are skiing (must be of a similar or easier level to that skied on previously with one of their instructors). This is to ensure that students do not stray off recognised slopes on to blacks, mogul fields or off piste. We strongly discourage free skiing by students not under the supervision of a Group Leader, ski instructor or ski guide.