Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in a manner that does not put others in danger or cause injury.
Control of speed and of personal behaviour
A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must maintain an appropriate speed and adapt speed based on his skiing ability, conditions of the pistes, visibility, weather conditions and amount of people on the pistes.
Choice of direction
A skier or snowboarder uphill has the possibility to decide his course and should maintain a course that avoids collisions with skiers further down.
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below (with sufficient space and visibility), to the right or left, but always at a distance to avoid putting the other skier in difficulty.
Entry and crossings
A skier or snowboarder entering the piste or starting again after a stop must ensure his personal safety and that of others, at a crossing give way to the right or according to eventual indications.
A skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping, unless necessary, along passages where all must pass or where there is no visibility. Any stops must be made along the edge of the pistes. In case of a fall the skier or snowboarder should clear the area as soon as possible.
Climbing or descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
A skier or snowboarder must respect and follow the regulations regarding the ski pistes, in particular the compulsory use of helmets for children under 14 years of age.
All skiers should assist in the case of an accident.
Anyone involved in an accident or witness to an accident is required to provide their personal details
COLOURS ON THE PISTE
On the piste map, the pistes are indicated by 3 different colours. Each colour corresponds to the difficulty of the piste. Choose the correct piste for your ability. Signage on the pistes
On the pistes you will find coloured panels on which the name of the ski area, the name of the piste and the number of the piste are shown. This information, if needed, helps the skier to be found in the area and helps with rescue. If you are witness to or victim of an accident, you must give the rescuers the information shown on these panels.
The poles on the piste are used to show the edge of the piste. They are different on each side. They both show the difficulty of the piste along with the colour.
Along the piste, you will find these panels and we ask you to respect them.
National Law n° 363/2003
Helmets are compulsory for children under 14 years of age.
ARVA TRAINING CAMP AT PRE DE PASCAL
The area for training in the search for people trapped by avalanches is available at Pre De Pascal near to the moving carpet at the top of the Val Veny cable car. Easy to use the Avalanche Training Centre is new generation which allows you, before you go off piste, to test your ARVA and your speed in finding people lost in avalanches.
In the ARVA camp the searching for people buried under the snow is simulated (the people are represented by signs) and for this operation you will have a limited amount of time.
Thanks to boxes divided into compartments you can can choose the amount of people to search for and the amount of time you will have. With your ARVA positioned on “search” you will go on the field of snow the moment that the ARVA signals a victim, with the help of your probe you will prod the ground until you find the spot where the sign is buried (pretend victim). You will give three hits on the sign to confirm you have found it. Your box will emit a sound and you can continue to search for the other victims (the sound will stop for 16 seconds in order to begin another search) As you can see from the photographs the instrument is easy to use:
- red, choose the number of victims (from 1-5)
- yellow, choose the amount of time for the search
- green, the button START/STOP allows you to begin and end the exercise
There is a panel on the ground which indicates the route to follow. It is recommended to equip yourselves with an ARVA and a probe, these will be a great help for rescue in the mountains.
ATTENTION, it is forbidden to use a spade to search for victims! Only the probe allows you to activate the sound sign.
For your security, the professionals of the sector are ready to help:
- Piste patrollers
- Italian red cross
- Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue
Professionals as expected by the regional law 2/1997
Rescue experts on piste, the piste patrollers, check the signage of the piste for your on piste security. They are able to use explosives to permit a preventative avalanche for the security of the piste.
They are available to the client to give advice, weather information and the snow conditions.
Don’t hesitate to contact the rescue office.
PISTE PATROLLER USING EXPLOSIVES
Many are the duties carried out by the Piste Patrol, amongst which the manipulation and use of explosive for the detachment of unstable snowy masses, that could go on to impact on the safety of the ski area. All the qualified Piste Patrol have undertaken a specific course for the use of explosives and have been issued a licence. After every snowfall the PIDAV is put in action. Security regulations concerning the use of explosives with the aim of the artificial detachment of avalanches. In early morning, before the opening of the ski area to the public, the Piste Patrol goes up to Plan Checrouit with the Courmayeur cable car where, after a short briefing briefing they are given different tasks and roles so they are ready to operate. After taking the necessary amount of explosive, they position themselves in pre arranged points for the beginning of the operations to make the mountain safe. They often work in adverse weather conditions with snow, wind and poor visibility that can limit their actions. It is in these circumstances that the professionalism and seriousness of the Piste Patrol comes into play. It is a dangerous trade that needs the maximum attention and concentration, they must notice everything checking every single sign of danger that the mountain shows,. Even the smallest error runs the risk of compromising the safety of the team and the task of making the mountain safe. The artificial detachment with explosive therefore remains one of the tasks in which the Piste Patrol operates with a high professional risk.