Safety and Responsibility Rules for Skiers and Snowboarders
(Courtesy of Ski Patrol Chile)
- Respect signage on slopes and ski lifts, as well as the safety rules established by the ski resorts.
- Always display your lift ticket.
- Prohibited to use sleds, bicycles, motorized vehicles, and similar items within the ski resort area.
- Ski or snowboard in a controlled manner, taking care of your own physical integrity and that of others.
- Always stop at the sides of the slope, where you do not obstruct the visibility of other skiers.
- Yield to skiers in motion when entering a slope or when restarting your own descent.
- Use the slopes according to your own skiing level.
- In case of accidents, remain at the scene until security personnel arrive.
- Stick to authorized slopes.
- Do not slide on the tracks of ski lifts or chairlifts.
- Avoid proximity to ski lift towers, snow accumulation fences, snowmaking machines, and mobile machinery, as well as slopes where competitions, training, or ski lessons are taking place.
- Avoid skiing on ungroomed slopes, as it is very dangerous.
- Ensure that your equipment (skis, bindings, boots, poles, and snowboard) is in good condition and complies with mandatory safety standards.
- For snowboards and skis without brakes, use a leash or safety strap.
- Clothing: Layered clothing is recommended, consisting of a thermal shirt, a fleece liner, and a jacket with a membrane.
FIRST LAYER, UNDERWEAR: This is the layer of clothing in direct contact with the skin. Its main function is to wick away sweat and moisture to keep the skin dry, providing a crucial sense of physical and psychological comfort.
SECOND LAYER, INSULATION AND BODY HEAT RETENTION: This is the intermediate layer of clothing, between the outer layer and the underwear. Its main function is to retain the body heat generated while preventing it from cooling down, while also allowing moisture to evaporate.
THIRD LAYER, RAIN, SNOW, AND WIND PROTECTION: This is the outermost layer of clothing. It is the most visible, expensive, and possibly the most necessary. Its function is to isolate the athlete as much as possible from rain, snow, and wind, to prevent the loss of body heat.
ACCESSORIES AND OTHERS: Wearing a helmet is recommended in all ski areas.
- Always wear sunglasses (or goggles if available) and high SPF (ideally minimum SPF 45) UVB protection. Apply to all exposed areas every 2 to 3 hours, especially for children. Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your hands, hats and/or scarves to protect your head and neck.
- Stay hydrated and consume energy continuously throughout the day. If you haven’t skied in a while or it’s your first day of the season, it is recommended to stretch and start the activity in a calm manner, testing your own body and assessing your physical abilities.
Recommendations for mountain roads:
- Ensure that the driver is familiar with both the vehicle and the weather and road conditions.
- Make sure you feel well and are in optimal health.
- Before embarking on the trip, perform a complete check of your vehicle.
- Do not transport excess passengers or cargo. Always get informed about the route, road conditions, and destination.
- Carry tire chains and a spare tire.
- Respect traffic regulations. Drive on the right, avoid overtaking, and excessive speed.
- On mountain roads with curves and slopes, the ascending vehicle always has the right of way.
- When inspecting a running engine, do not work with gloves and avoid matches or open flames.
- If leaving children inside the vehicle, remove the keys from the ignition.