Good advices from Kerékvár Síkölcsönző Buda 

Rules of skiing/snowboarding 

Just like every other sport, skiing and snowboarding have risks too.

FIS rules give a policy for skiers and snowboarders so they can be responsible during the sport, so accidents can be avoided. Every skier and snowboarder has to follow the rules, so they have to know them and they have to use them. If one of these is missing, they will be responsible for the caused accident.

1. Respect the others!

Every skier and snowboarder has to take actions that doesn't put anyone else in danger.

A skier or snowboarder isn't only responsible for their acts, but also for their incomplete equipment. This rule also goes for people who are wearing/using new equipment. 

2. Control your speed!

A skier or snowboarder has to control their move. Their speed and actions need to be chosen by their own abilities, facilities of the field, weather and snow conditions and the traffic of the ski-run.

Most common reasons of accidents and crashes are skiers and snowboarders going too fast or without control, and they don't pay attention to others. A skier or snowboarder has to be able to stop in their own field of view, be able to turn around and to dodge other people. Skiers and snowboarders have to go slow when the ski run is crowded or the visibility is bad, especially, when the ski run is abrupt, or at the end of the ski run, or near to ski-trains.

3. Choose your track wisely!

Skiers and snowboarders who are coming from behind have to choose their track that there is no chance for them to put in danger those who are going in front of them.

Skiing and snowboarding is a recreational sport, where skiers and snowboarders can freely go where they want, as long as they obey the rules, do the sport fitting their abilities and take the hill conditions into account. The skier or snowboarder going ahead has priority. A skier or snowboarder who goes in the same direction as the one who is ahead of them has to give enough space, so they can freely move or change their direction.

4. Overtake

A skier or snowboarder can overtake an other skier or snowboarder from any side, if they leave enough space for others to make an intended or unintended movement.

If a skier or snowboarder overtakes, it has to be done properly, so that it won't be in the way of an other person who wants to move or change direction. It applies until they finish overtaking. This rule also applies for overtaking a standing person.

5. Skiing in, going forth and going along the ski run 

If a skier or snowboarder is skiing in a marked ski run or starts going after stopping or goes down the ski run, they have to look around (up and down too), so they can be sure, no one is threatened.

Experiences show that several accidents happen when someone is skiing in, or when starts going again after stopping. This is why it's essential to the skier or snowboarder to go carefully, so they won't threaten or be in the way of others. But when the skier or snowboarder has already started going on the ski run - very slowly - they have the protection of the 3rd rule. With the widespread of carving skiis and snowboards, it is possible that a skier or snowboarder goes against the course. This is why they need to be sure that they will not threaten themselves, and others.

6. Stopping on the ski run 

Only if it is really necessary, skiers and snowboarders shouldn't stop at narrow parts or unseenable places. If the skier or snowboarder falls off at a place like this, it is really important to leave the place immediately!

Except for when it's wide, you always have to stop at the edge of the ski run. It is forbidden to stop on a narrow part or a place which can't be seen from the top!

7. Walking on the ski run

A skier or snowboarder can walk up and down, but only if they do it on the edge of the ski run.

Going against the course can be an unexpected barrier for skiers and snowboarders. Also, the footprints (made by ski boots) left on the ski run can cause a threat to others.

8. Respect the signs!

The skier or snowboarder has to pay attention to every road-sign and direction board.

The difficulty of the ski run is marked with a red, blue or green colour. A skier or snowboarder can decide freely between them. There are many other signs on the ski run, which give signals to directions, danger or a roadblock. You mustn't ignore signs about a roadblock or danger. A skier or snowboarder has to be aware, that those signs are for our health and safety.

9. Assistance

It is every skier's and snowboarder's duty to help at an accident.

For every sportsman and sportswoman, the first rule is to help at an accident, irrespectively of the fact that it is compulsory or not: you have to help. The first step is immediate assistance, keeping the place stable, closing it from other snowboarders and skiers, then the next task is to inform the ambulance service. FIS hopes, that in every country, it will have the same legal consequences of causing an accident on the ski run, that it has on the public roads. 

10. Certify your identity

Every skier, snowboarder or witness has to give their name and contact, regardless of being responsible for the accident or not.

Testification is indispensable to have a valid and full report of the accident. That's why everyone has to be aware, that as a witness, they have to give every information to the authorities. Reports given to ambulance teams and the police or pictures, photos can be significant help to recognize a criminal responsibility.