New regulations for safety on ski and sledge runs: The new regulations have been in force since 1 January 2022.
As of 1 January 2022, new obligations were introduced on all Italian ski slopes and sledge runs and some regulations already in force were amended. The new regulations were adopted by Legislative Decree No. 40/2021, which replaces Law No. 363/2003, in order to better protect all users of the slopes.
Here are the rules in detail:
Compulsory liability insurance:
On all slopes, it is compulsory to take out a liability insurance policy for damage or offences against third parties, which was introduced to protect all users in the event of accidents and resulting liability. Without it, you risk a fine of 100 to 150 euros and the immediate withdrawal of your ski pass. The insurance can be for a single day, a weekend, a week, a month or a year and can be taken out together with the ski pass or at an insurance agency.
Mandatory wearing of a helmet:
Wearing a safety helmet is compulsory for all piste users under 18 years.
Alcohol and drug tests:
It is strictly forbidden to ski under the influence of alcohol. The new decree provides for the possibility of being subjected to an alcohol and drug test. The same limits have been set for alcohol consumption as for road traffic: a blood alcohol content of between 0.5 and 0.8 g/l will result in a fine of between 250 and 1,000 euros, while a blood alcohol content of more than 0.8 g/l will be punished even more severely and constitute a criminal offence.
Current FIS piste rules:
- Consideration for other piste users and avoidance of damage or dangerous situations
- Control of own speed and appropriate behaviour, also depending on the general piste conditions and the weather
- Before overtaking, whether on the right or on the left, check the safe distance and visibility conditions
- Always observe all signs
- At every stop on the piste, it is necessary not to create dangerous situations for yourself and others. Avoid all areas of poor visibility, narrow places and crowded areas
- It is obligatory to provide assistance in the event of accidents or difficulties
- Compulsory identification