Skiing in France
Considering the safety aspects involved in both skiing and snowboarding is vital. Due to the nature of snow sports and the environment they take place in means that there will always be a certain amount of danger involved.
If you are skiing or thinking of skiing off-piste you should always do so with a qualified Rep or guide and carrying your avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.
As well as considering the dangers of skiing off piste, all skiers must also consider their own and other people’s safety all the time when on the mountain. The FIS (International Ski Federation) has established ten rules for the conduct of skiers and snowboarders which should be followed at ALL times.
Rules of the Piste
Guidelines for skiers and snowboarders
ski/board at your own risk.
attention to all signs and markers.
ski/board on marked runs - these are protected from unexpected
areas outside the marked runs are not patrolled or groomed.
out for piste preparation machines.
nature - take care not to ski in areas where young trees or wildlife
will be disturbed and don't drop litter.
Consider taking lessons on a dry slope, and fitness sessions before going on holiday.
around the ski area will warn you when avalanche danger is present
when there is no warning of avalanches there could be local snow
Unless you know an area well, only ski/board off-piste with a guide.