The FIS (International Ski Federation) Code

The FIS (International Ski Federation) Code

Rules for the Conduct of Skiers and Snowboarders

FIS has for 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.

THIS is a link to the FIS code document.

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