WHAT ARE WE ALLOWED TO DO ON THE PISTE, THEN?

The most important rule on the piste is consideration for other people. This much is clear. But what actually are the other rules and regulations of skiing? What’s allowed – and more importantly, what isn’t? Trisanna tells you.

International Ski Federation rules

Even if the piste isn’t exactly the same as the road, where the police issue penalties in strict accordance with the Highway Code and traffic laws, you still need to observe a few rules on the piste – International Ski Federation rules. These relate to the correct choice of line down the slope, specifying that you have to keep a distance from your opposite number when overtaking, that you should not ski so fast that you can’t stop at any point, and that you are only allowed to walk on the edge of the piste. Yes, walk. If you carry your skis or snowboard a couple of metres back up the slope to try a kicker again, for example, you have to walk up at the edge of the piste.  And if you unstrap your skis and carry them back down to the valley because you can’t ski any more or just don’t feel like it, you have to be at the edge, too. If other skiers need help, then you have to help them. And something that not many people know: you are legally obliged to carry identity documents on the piste. So if an alpine policeman stops you, you should have your ID to hand.

Stay sober

Alcohol per se is not forbidden on the piste (we never thought it was, really, – Ed.). But, if anything happens, then having too much alcohol in your blood can lead to a criminal conviction, too. Things can get expensive if an accident is your fault: if there is proof it happened under the influence of alcohol, your private third party insurance may reject all or part of any claim.

Safe kit

Every skier should have suitable and safe it.  Well-fitting protective gear, ski boots which fit and a helmet, have long been part of the standard kit (even if helmets are still not obligatory, at least not for adults – the rules for children and young people vary from region to region, -Ed.). You may be criminally responsible if you cause an accident due to missing or broken kit. To be really sure, it’s a good idea to get advice from a ski service beforehand.  

Drones

In principle you are allowed to fly a drone weighing less than two kilos over the piste – but only if the drone has a maximum capacity of 79 joules and doesn’t go higher than 30 metres. However, this is just in theory. This is because flying over large crowds of people is forbidden, on the one hand; and then the cable car companies can also decide themselves what is and isn’t allowed in a ski area. In Ischgl, for example, drones are forbidden in the ski area in general. So if you want to see videos from above, you have to look at the Silvretta cableway company – or at Trisanna.