Before you come on holiday, whether you´re learning to ski or have skied before it´s always a good idea to brush up on the International Ski Federation´s Piste rules, which are in operation throughout Austria and the rest of the world to promote safe skiing.
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others neither by his behaviour nor his equipment.
2. Control of speed and skiiing or snowboarding
A skier of 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 of snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not 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.
6. 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.
7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste and make sure that neither he nor his equipment is endangering others.
8. Respect for information, signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must take into consideration information about weather, slope and snow conditions and must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist. If necessary or on request of a ski patroler put yourself at his disposal.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.