Introducing The Piste X Code | Stay Safe On The Slopes!

by Tom

Have you heard about the Piste X Code?

If not… listen up! 

The Piste X Code is an initiative started by Amie Henderson and Louise Paley in response to several recent tragedies on the slopes. They are aiming to increase public awareness of the piste rules. This will hopefully make the slopes safer for everybody. 

So, let’s take a closer look at the Piste X Code…

The Piste X Code

1. Ski and Snowboard Within Your Ability

Control your speed at all times and do all you can to avoid other mountain users.

2. Consider your choice of path

The downhill skier or snowboarder always has the right of way. It’s your responsibility to avoid them. Leave space while passing.

3. Think About Where You’ll Stop

Always at the side of the piste, never in the middle! And never beneath the brow of a hill.

4. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Look up and down the slope before you set off or re-join the piste.

5. A Good Example For Children

Teach children about piste safety and the importance of the Piste X Code.

6. Respect Piste Signs & Markings

If a piste is closed, it’s closed for your safety. Watch for signs advising you to slow down.

7. Your Role If There’s An Accident

You are duty bound to assist. Cross your skis upright in the snow above the incident and call 112.

8. What Else Can You Do?

Be sensible with your alcohol consumption, don’t listen to music on the pistes and never use ski apps that challenge your speed.

the piste x code poster
The Piste X Code Poster

The Piste X Code Video

Final Thoughts

Hopefully that makes the code a little clearer. If you want to continue your slope safety education, check out our avalanche safety tips and if you’re riding the backcountry, make sure you pick up one of these backcountry beacons!

If you’ve got any thoughts about the code, or want to share your own stories about slope safety… the comments section below is open.

Happy riding!

This post is for the Ski Safe Blogger Campaign by AliKats Mountain Holidays and Piste X Code.

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