Please adhere to the following safety regulations:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Drink an abundance of water, especially given the resort’s altitude.
- Make sure your gear is in good condition.
- Always keep your skis or snowboard under control.
- If you stop on a run, do not do so in blind spots or places that hinder the passage of other skiers. Always make sure you have enough space to maneuver.
- When turning, keep your peripheral vision open to avoid colliding into another skier.
- If you lose your gear, attempt to get it to the side of the run so you can put it back on.
- Respect all signage.
- Report if you are a witness or responsible for an accident.
- Protect yourself, and respect the mountain.
The out-of-bounds area is not groomed or marked, controlled, or protected against the dangers inherent to the mountain and snow, such as avalanches, cliffs, rocks and crevasses. Skiers and snowboarders who go out-of-bounds must carry the proper backcountry equipment such as a beacon, shovel, probe and airbag. It is a mistake, however, to think that carrying the right equipment is enough to keep you safe in the backcountry. There is a real risk, and poor decisions can result in injury or death.
Ski responsibly. Learn, train and practice self-safety and self-care:
- Know your skills and abilities and ski within your limits. No one knows your limits better than you.
- Always ski or snowboard with a partner, descend one at a time, and always keep an eye on your partner and work as a team. Your partner(s) are your best chance of a quick and timely rescue.
- Study the terrain before you start your descent. Inspect the terrain and understand weather conditions, the orientation and angle of the terrain, as well as snow conditions.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and new snowfall. Most avalanches happen while snowing or during the 24 hours following a snowfall.
- Use safety equipment properly. Familiarize yourself with the use of your equipment (Arva, Shovel, Probe and Airbag) and keep it in optimal condition.
- Have a plan. Agree with your companions the plan to follow, meeting points, space between skiers, as well as safety and escape routes.
- Review the “what do we do if …?” Study the possible risks or difficulties and establish action plans before starting the descent. Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
- Ask locals. They know the terrain, its risks and difficulties.
To learn more about backcountry skiing, necessary equipment and its correct use, visit our Ski & Snowboard School where you will learn everything you need from highly experienced, certified instructors.