Downhill and cross-country skiing

Everyone can contribute to skiing safety.

Downhill skiing:

Even the best of safety arrangements cannot always prevent accidents from happening.

  • Always follow the ski centre's instructions and restrictions regarding access to slopes and opening hours.
  • Check the condition of your skiing equipment regularly and always before entering the slope.
  • Think carefully which types of slope and weather conditions you can handle. Do not attempt to enter slopes that are too difficult for you.
  • A skiing or snowboarding helmet is essential for your safety on the slopes. A helmet protects your head from knocks and also helps keep you warm. Wrist, knee and ankle protectors are also useful, particularly for snowboarders doing jumps.
  • If you have never skied before or are a bit rusty, it is a good idea to attend ski lessons before hitting the slopes. Lessons are available at almost every ski centre, teaching you the correct techniques and safety approaches.


The ski centre entrepreneur has the primary responsibility for slope safety. Ski centre entrepreneurs are responsible for:

  • ensuring the slopes and tracks are always safe to use;
  • issues including the condition, structures and signposting of slopes and tracks.

Inform the ski centre staff immediately if you notice any defects or problems.

Cross-country skiing:

  • Check your equipment and select a track that you are fit enough to manage.
  • Wear enough clothes and the right clothes.
  • Follow instructions and warnings.
  • Observe the environment and track for any unexpected hazards such as sand, pine needles or icy patches on the track.


The organisation maintaining a cross-country skiing track has the primary responsibility for providing skiers with guidance on the track and ensuring track safety and maintenance. This applies to ski centres, municipalities, skiing associations, track maintenance associations, hotels and other corresponding organisations.

Do not enter the slope or track if you are under the influence of alcohol, have a cold, temperature or are otherwise ill.

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