Normally you are not rarely alone on the slopes on an ordinary day of skiing. It is always necessary to be careful and it has to be considerate of the other athletes. Above all, depending on the number of visitors on the slopes, one's own speed as well as the driving style should be adjusted. It is not uncommon that dangerous situations or accidents happen because of self-assessment or misinterpretation. 

The rules of conduct of the FIS - a "traffic regulation" for the ski slopes

In order to ensure a regulated and especially safe ski operation, the FIS rules of conduct for skiers and snowboarders set by the International Ski Federation (FIS) apply in our ski resort. These are general rules of conduct that apply worldwide and, similar to road traffic regulations, should ensure that fewer accidents and mutual hazards happen. They regulate the cooperation on the ski slopes on this world and serve as a basis for assessing accidents.

The ten FIS rules of conduct are:

  1. Consideration for the other skiers and snowboarders.
  2. Mastering speed and driving style.
  3. Choice of the lane: The skier and snowboarder coming from behind must choose his lane so that he does not endanger skiers and snowboarders in front of him.
  4. It may be overtaken from above or below, from the right or from the left, but only at a distance that allows the outdated skier or snowboarder enough space for all his movements.
  5. Driving in, driving off and moving uphill: Any skier or snowboarder who wants to get into a downhill run, starts again after a stop or swings up or down the slope, must make sure that he can do this without danger to himself and others.
  6. Stop: Every skier and snowboarder have to avoid having to stay in tight or confusing areas of a descent without difficulty. A downed skier or snowboarder has to clear such a spot as quickly as possible.
  7. Ascent and descent: A skier or snowboarder who ascends or descends on foot must use the edge of the descent.
  8. Consider the signs: Every skier and snowboarder has to pay attention to the marking and the signalisation.
  9. Assistance: In case of accidents every skier and snowboarder is engaged to help.
  10. Identification required: Every skier and snowboarder, whether witness or participant, whether responsible or not, has to specifiy his personal details in case of an accident. 

Only if all winter athletes be considerate of each other, display a high level of attention and keep with the important piste rules, the safety on our ski slopes can be increased significantly!

Freeride safety

Is there anything more beautiful than falling down the snow-covered and, above all, untouched slopes on a sunny day? On such days, the heart of every freeride lover beats higher!

But especially in such moments, the off-slope drivers often run gauntlet. To be anyway safe in the open terrain, you should never leave  without a so-called avalanche transceiver set. These include, for example, an avalanche transceiver, a shovel, a probe head and a functioning mobile phone. However, even more important is the correct handling of such an equipment. A rigorous preparation is therefore essential!

It always applies: Note and evaluate  the avalanche situation! If you are not sure, ask an expert or, if necessary, dispense with the fun in favor of everyone's safety. Because an avalanche does not only endanger your own life, but also that of the rescuers.

Tips for safe freeriding

  • Never go alone into open terrain! The so-called "buddy principle" applies (mutual protection and control).
  • Always check the avalanche situation report, the current snow conditions and the weather and pay attention to any warning signs! Often a short conversation with locals helps here.
  • Never leave without a avalanche transceiver set! This also has to be tested for completeness and function before starting.
  • Pay attention to avalanche warning lights and signs in the ski area! Always have a look at the "Feel Free Info Points" that can be found throughout the entire ski area.
  • Always save the emergency number of the mountain rescue (140, without area code) and the number of the alert center of our cable cars in your mobile phone! 

Overview of emergency numbers in Austria and in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Fire Department: 122
Police: 133
Rescue: 144
Euro Emergency 112
Mountain Rescue: 140
Piste rescue Serfaus: + 43/5476 / 6203-319
Piste rescue Fiss-Ladis: +43/5476/6396
Info-Hotline Seilbahn Komperdell Serfaus: +43/5476/6203
Info-Hotline Bergbahnen Fiss-Ladis: +43/5476/6396