Check the weather forecasts every day in the resort or with your usual source. Get to know the map of the runs and check the boards showing when the runs and ski lifts open and close. If you have any doubt ask the ski patrol and first aid people, the ski lift personnel, the instructors, the guides or the mountain rescue units.
Take care and act courteously on the slopes!
Always behave courteouly towards skiers who are below you:Do not cause problems, due to your ski path, to skiers lower down than you. They don't always see you coming. lt is your responsibility to anticipate this.
Always control your speed and your ski path:Make sure they suit your technical and physical abilities, the numbers of other people present, the visibility, the difficulty level of the run and the condition of the snow. ln particular slow down when crossing areas for beginners, near queues and at the bottoms of runs.
Consider where you are before stopping:Do not stop in areas where runs are narrow or behind humps and always remain visible to skiers above you (higher up the slopes).
Pay attention to the signalling on the runs:For your safety, the runs are marked and have specific signage. Pay attention to these markings and signage and, if you are unsure, ask for clarification from ski patrol and first aid people and the people operating the devices.
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Advice on the ski lifts
On the chairlifts
- Move to the line boarding respecting signage.
- In case of difficulty with children, do not hesitate to ask for help to the chairlift agent
- Take your sticks in one hand and ensuring various accessories that create discomfort for boarding (backpack placed in front…).
- Sit well back in the seat and prepare to share the chairlift with fellow skiers.
- Lower the restraint bar quickly, paying attention to other passengers, especially children (keeping them out of hand if needed).
- In case of bad boarding, do not grasp, let go immediately before than the seat rises higher up.
2- On way:
- Remain quietly seated-in at the bottom of the seat without shaking nor turning round.
- Pay attention to children on the same seat.
- Do not raise the restraint bar.
- Do not swing the seat.
3- Unload form chairlift:
- Wait for the arrival before lifting the restraint bars.
- Quickly move out the arrival area avoiding cutting the road of the other passengers.
On the ski liftsDo not slalom when you are being pulled up: you might derail the cable and injure yourself.
Free yourself quickly when you arrive: the next T-bar could hit you
Safety rules in a snow park
- Investigate the course layout first so that you know how best to use it.
- Only use the features/runs that are right for your level of ability.
- Difficulty levels XL and XXL are designed for experts.
- Adjust your run-in and check that the landing area is clear before starting out.
- Don't stop in the take-off area, landing area or by the side of the run. If someone falls, evacuate quickly.
- Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended.
- In the event of an accident, block the feature/run and alert the emergency services.
LevelsThe difficulty level of the slopes is indicated by round panels of the colour of the runs and indicating the name and number of the slope.
- Black run: very difficult
- Red run: difficult
- Blue run: easy
- Green run : very easy
On the pistes:Yellow and black triangular panels warn you of:
- a danger
- low snowfall
- crossing point
- ski lift crossing point
- beware of skiers
- beware of pedestrians
- snow machine
In the immediate vicinity of the piste:Yellow and black triangular panels warn you of:
- a danger
The avalanche flag indicates the level of risk.
- Level 1: low, good stability of the snow pack on most slopes. Yellow flag.
- Level 2: limited, average stability of the snow pack on most slopes.Yellow flag
- Level 3: significant, significant stability of the snow pack on many slopes. Yellow and black flag.
- Level 4: high, high instability on many slopes. Yellow and black flag.
- Level 5: very high, very high instability on all slopes. Black flag.