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Safety at all levels

No one can claim to be in control of the mountain. Rules are necessary to ensure that the pleasure of skiing is always there.  

From the equipment to the elementary gestures, it is important to protect yourself and others, regardless of your age. For esf, this is an essential requirement. esf expertise extends to teaching avalanche rescue and search techniques.


The 10 safety rules on the slopes

To ski well and safely on the slopes, follow the 10 FIS (International Ski Federation) rules of good conduct and everything will be all right during your stay!
1. Behave in a way that does not jeopardize others;

2. Adapt your speed and behavior to your abilities, the track and the weather;

3. Choose a trajectory that ensures the safety of the skier downhill;

4. Overtake in a wide enough distance to prevent the other skier's evolution;

5. Make sure that it is safe to enter a slope or practice area;
6. In the event of a fall, free the piste as quickly as possible;

7. Use the sides of the slope to go up or down on foot;

8. All skiers must respect the signs;

9. All persons must help in the event of an accident;

10. Whether you're involved in an accident or simply a witness, disclose your identity.

A few advices before your stay 

Prepared

The effort, the cold, the altitude, the sun ... Skiing or surfing is truly sport! 

Remember to warm up, to measure your efforts, to eat and hydrate properly and everything will be fine.

Equipped

To properly ski , you must first choose equipment adapted to your technical level, your height and your weight.

In the event of a fall or shock, the adjustment and maintenance of the bindings are then essential to limit the risks.

Ask for advice in specialized shops and note that those who comply with the NF X50-007 rental standard are the right equipment and guarantee you the correct adjustment of the bindings.
Your articulations will thank you for it.

Protected

The head is very exposed in snow sports, especially for children. 

To limit trauma, wear a helmet. Its effectiveness has been proven.
Ask for a helmet that complies with standard NF EN 1077.
To protect yourself from ultraviolet rays, wear protective glasses (E-SPF 4).

Insured

Before you start, check that you are well insured.
If not, take the necessary steps.
Assistance is not free...
Respect the safety rules. Note down the number of the resort's piste service.

RECCO® reflectors

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO® Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide.
For several years now, the French National Ski Instructors Union has been working with RECCO® to equip the official instructors' uniforms with reflectors and provide a document called "the plan", a veritable avalanche safety handbook in small format so that any skier or snowboarder can have it close at hand.
The aim of this system is to find victims buried under an avalanche thanks to a technology that makes the search faster as it allows them to save a significant amount of time. Time is the buried person's worst enemy. The RECCO® reflector is permanently integrated into the outfits of the esf monitors and requires no batteries, no activation and works permanently. 

RECCO® reflectors do not prevent the triggering of an avalanche, nor do they guarantee the location or survival of a lost or buried person, but they do enable rescue workers to quickly and accurately locate a person by using the RECCO® Sensor.
RECCO® reflector equipment is not a substitute for the use of the DVA for the search by companions. As an additional function, RECCO® technology increases the chances of being found in time. 
Important links
  • This essential document can be consulted via the following link: the plan     
  • Discover RECCO's technology via the official video: click here
  • Another video can explain the integration of the product in the outfits or on the material: click here  
  • If you wish to expand your knowledge on the phenomenon of avalanches, discover the video: click here 
RECCO® OFFICIAL WEBSITE 

Or additional content on safety 

The SKIZZ video saga

Skizzz the alien and Swag the trendy teenager, explain with humor and lightness the right behaviors to adopt in order to safely take a chairlift.

Skizzz and Swag demonstrate in short animated films the gestures and attitudes that are essential to take a chairlift, or how to behave during the ride. These two cartoon heroes are the protagonists of the communication campaign set up in January 2014 in all French ski areas by DSF.

Horspiste.net website

Our mountains offer a wonderful playground with a thousand possible uses. They create a feeling of unrivalled freedom. This off-piste practice, whether freeride or ski touring, is now accessible to all and allows you to make the most of the incredible performance of our equipment.
But this search for speed and sensations must be done while maintaining safety. Produced in collaboration with ENSA, this site aims to sweep away all the off-piste practice without dramatizing it. 
This document is based on 3 off-piste essentials:
  • Knowledge of the environment
  • safety
  • technique

See the Horspiste.net website

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