Rules of Conduct for Skiers

In order to avoid possible accidents on the ski slopes, Zermatt - Matterhorn destination skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe certain rules. The destination bases its efforts on the rules of conduct set by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for skiers and snowboarders.

FIS Rules of Conduct

  1. Respect for the other skiers and snowboarders
    Every skier and snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice anyone else.
  2. Control of speed and way of skiing and snowboarding
    Every skier and snowboarder must ski or ride by sight, i.e. in control. He must adapt his speed and skiing or riding manner to his personal abilities and to the prevailing terrain, snow and weather conditions as well as the traffic density.
  3. Choice of route
    The skier and snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers and snowboarders ahead of him.
  4. Overtaking
    Overtaking another skier or snowboarder may take place from the top or bottom, from the right or left, but only leaving enough distance that allows the overtaken skier or snowboarder enough space for all his movements.
  5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
    Any skier or snowboarder, who wants to enter a ski slope, start after a stop, and or turn or move upwards, must make sure that he can do this without danger to himself and others.
  6. Stopping
    Every skier and snowboarder must avoid the need to stop at a narrow place or where visibility is limited. If a skier or snowboarder falls, he must vacate such a place as soon as possible.
  7. Climbing or descending by foot
    A skier or snowboarder who ascends or descends by foot must use the edge of the piste.
  8. Observe the signs and markers
    Every skier and snowboarder must observe the signs and markers.
  9. Assistance
    In the case of accidents, every skier and snowboarder must provide assistance.
  10. Identification
    Every skier and snowboarder, whether a witness or a participant, whether responsible or not, must exchange names and addresses in the event of an accident.