Merano 2000 Children's Ski School: Safety First
Safety is of the utmost importance to us at Merano 2000 Ski School. On the first day of the courses, we give all of the kids an unmistakable safety vest that distinguishes them from other groups and avoids any accidental "defections”.
These vests ensure that the instructors never lose sight of their charges. The kids are visible on the slopes from a distance – and very well protected.
In the courses at Merano 2000 Ski School, correct behaviour while skiing is practiced from the very beginning in order to ensure the safety of children on the slopes.
Helmet Law for Children Under 14
Since January 2005, all children under 14 years old must wear a helmet on Italy’s ski slopes. For children 14 years or older, the decision lays with the parents.
The 10 FIS-Rules
- Respect for other skiers
Skiers must behave in such way that they do not endanger others, especially the less experienced ones.
- Respect for signals and markings
All signals and markings should be respected. The skier is obliged to ski in the direction indicated.
- Choice of the tracks
On paths with more than one prepared track, skiers should choose the right-hand lane. Skiers in groups must keep on the right, behind each other.
skier is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever possible. A skier is permitted to overtake another skier on the left or right. He should warn the skier ahead.
Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing in opposite directions should keep to their right. A climbing skier should give way to a descending skier. A cross-country skier should keep his poles close to his body whenever near other skiers.
- Control of speed and behaviour
A cross-country skier should always adapt his speed to his personal ability, the prevailing terrain and visibility, and to the traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead.
The skier should always stop outside the track and the path. If a skier has fallen he should clear the track as soon as possible.
If an accident occurs, every other skier has the duty to assist.
Following an accident, every skier and witness, whether responsible or not for causing the accident, must exchange names and addresses.
- Respect for the environment and the tracks
A well-behaved cross-country skier does not pollute the environment. Pedestrians, downhill skiers, sledges etc. are not allowed on the tracks.