PUBLIC DEMAND GROWS FOR PEOPLE WHO SKI OUT OF CONTROL TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
7TH MARCH 2023
LAST MODIFIED ON MARCH 13TH, 2023
Recently we posted an article about the rising number of accidents with a major hospital reporting it was struggling to cope. The response has been phenomenal. UPDATED
Many want action taken, either to educate or punish those skiers and snowboarders who allegedly commit offences and have anti-social behaviour.
Here is our original story where Dr Jean-Jacques Banihachémi from The Hôpital Sud de Grenoble in France claimed the number of injures on the slopes was at “catastrophic” levels:Rise in injuries on the piste
We stress that Dr Banihachémi is talking about all injuries, not just ones involving collisions.
We have been flooded with responses from readers over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.
The article continues with many examples from skiers all of which can be seen in the above link to the article or summed up as "a perfect storm" . They can be summarised under the following:
- Skiers/boarders going too fast or out of control
- Very little Ski Patrol/Ski Police presence
- More netting required in key areas
- Overcrowded slopes
- Ignorance of the code exemplified by groups of boarders sitting in the middle of the piste, sometimes below a brow in the slope
- Alcohol consumption
What is the cause?
Summarised as follows:
- When the conditions are not good e.g. snow and ice, a skier/boarder can often have a poor assessment of their skill in relation to the conditions
- Poor safety teaching and enforcement
- Equipment such as helmets and carver skis often add to the skier/boarder's assessment of their skill resulting in a false sense of security or even invincibility
What can be done about it?
- Withdraw the lift pass of reckless skiers/boarders
- Control the number of people on the slopes either with technology or licensing
- More Ski Patrol/Ski Police presence
- Greater publicity of the FIS Code including a copy given out with the lift pass
- Litigation against those causing an accident (ref current case re Gwyneth Paltrow)
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he or she does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding
Every skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt the 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 not to endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
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.
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 and clear 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
Skiers and snowboarders must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
There are some mentions of Piste X in the comments:
You can see the Piste X Code video by clicking on the following link:
We leave the last word to regular PlanetSKI reader, BASI Trainer & Snoworks coach, Lee Townend.
In the infamous words of Pirelli tyres – “Speed is nothing without control”.
And there are many that don’t adhere to such approaches on firm & busy pistes.
The subject is clearly of huge interest.
Many thanks to PlanetSki for raising this very important issue.