FCO Issues In-resort Ski Safe Tips
Many of us will now be thinking about jetting off to the slopes for our annual skiing holiday.
But, whether you’re an experienced skier or a novice, it’s important to stay as safe as possible whilst in resort.
Each year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues tips and advice on how to stay safe when skiing. So, before you head out, take a moment to get up to speed with the very latest advice from the FCO:
Make sure you have suitable clothing. Not only ski suits but helmets (now a legal requirement in many resorts), UV eyewear protection and even sunscreen – the sun’s rays are just as harmful in the snow.
- Ski On Appropriate Level Pistes
If you are new to skiing, ski within your limits and be aware of how the ski slopes are ranked in terms of difficulty. For your information they are ranked as follows (but do check in your resort): Green = easiest, Blue = intermediate, Red = experienced, Black = difficult
- Limit Daytime Drinking
Whilst half the fun of a skiing holiday is the après ski, limit the amount of alcoholic beverages you consume during the day. The high altitude will often make the effects of alcohol far greater, impairing your judgement and potentially putting you and others at risk.
- Weather Reports
Check snow reports and avalanche warnings daily.
- Off-piste Guides
Even the most experienced skiers can get themselves into trouble when skiing off-piste. It’s advised that any off-piste skiing is only done when accompanied by an experienced ski guide.
- Winter Sports Travel Insurance
All skiers and snowboarders should travel with adequate winter sports travel insurance to protect not only your luggage and equipment, but most importantly your own health and medical care in the event of an accident.
- EHIC Card
Whilst your EHIC card is not a substitute for winter sports travel insurance, if you are travelling to a country within the EU, your EHIC card will provide you with access to emergency health cover to the same level as a National resident.
International Ski Federation’s Ten Rules of Conduct.
These rules ensure that all skiers and snowboarders enjoy the slopes safely and considerately.
All skiers should be aware of the International Ski Federation’s Ten Rules of Conduct:
- Respect other skiers and snowboarders
- Be in control of your speed
- Choose your route according to your ability
- Only overtake a fellow skier or snowboarder when there is sufficient room
- Look all ways when entering or crossing runs
- Avoid stopping on runs, unless it is absolutely necessary
- Keep to the sides of runs when moving on foot
- Adhere to the rules of all signs throughout resorts and runs
- Help follower skiers or boarders in the event of an incident
- Always exchange details if involved in an incident with a skier or snowboarder
One last thing… Don’t forget to book your Gatwick meet and greet parking. By booking meet and greet, you can drive right up to the terminal forecourt with your ski equipment and not have to worry about whether you can carry your equipment onboard the off-airport car park’s shuttle bus.