Safety on the ski slopes is managed in each resort by the piste services, staffed by specially trained and qualified personnel: ski patrol and rescue, piste grooming machine operators, snow-makers, avalanche controllers, snow-weather observers, avalanche dog handlers, and piste control operators.
But safety is also a matter for everyone!
To ensure that your holiday goes as smoothly as possible, there are a few rules that should be adhered to.
To know these rules, please take a bit of your time to watch this video below.
To make downhill skiing safer, the slopes are classified into four categories identified by a colour code according to their level of difficulty.
Markers are positioned on one of the edges of the piste to help you find your way. They are numbered in descending order and indicate the name of the piste that you are on. For example, the number 1 on a green background means that you have reached the bottom of a green run. In other words, at the bottom of an easy run.
In the event of an accident, the “piste name” and the “marker number” must be given so that the rescue service can respond if necessary.
For your information, only slopes that have been declared open are controlled by the ski patrollers, beyond these, it is entirely at your own risk.
The piste map provides information on:
- Safety elements (ski runs and their colours, ski lifts, position of first aid and rescue posts),
- Service providers (mountain restaurants, picnic areas).
For information, weather and avalanche risk bulletins are posted at the most frequented areas.
Getting prepared before your holiday
- Prepared : skiing or snowboarding is still a sport. So remember to warm up, pace yourself, hydrate properly and everything will be OK.
- Equipped : To ski well, you must first choose equipment that is adapted to your technical ability, your height and your weight. Binding adjustment and maintenance are then essential to minimise the risks in the event of a fall or collision. To do so, ask for advice in specialist shops.
- Protected : The head is particularly exposed in winter sports. To limit injuries, wear a helmet!
- Insured : Piste rescue is not a free service… Before setting out, check that you are adequately insured.