Zermatt Skiing: Rules Of The Piste

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gotlieb asked 5 years ago

A common complaint I hear from American skiers new to Zermatt is how little regard is paid by skiers to the universal rules of conduct on the pistes. As someone who knows and loves Zermatt, and who learned to ski here forever ago, I have to agree!
Many, many skiers here think nothing of skiing in ways that quite simply are unsafe at best, dangerous at worst, and would result in the loss of a lift pass at American resorts.
Skiing fast is slow zones, ignoring warning signs, passing very close at high speed, racing to get to a chair lift, slaloming around slower skiers, just to name a few.
The following are the official Swiss rules of the road. https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Article/Rules-of-Conduct-for-Skiers I can’t recall seeing them prominently displayed, much less obeyed. I am writing this today because I saw a skier flying past a slow sign and missing hitting a little kid by about one meter. The flyer never even slowed down.

2 Answers
Johnnie Swiss Staff answered 5 years ago

Great point. I had not seen the Swiss Rules of the Piste but it would be good to see it prominently displayed at all lift stations, in cabins and trams and in ski rental locations. Mind you, the rules might already be there posted – haven’t skied in Zermatt since last night in my dreams…:-)) <–)

paula answered 5 years ago

Yes.Too many skiers skiing beyond their level and having little regard for other slope users.
I’m not sure if this is lack of respect or lack of knowledge. There are a lot of people who don’t seem to understand the rules of the downhill / slower skier having priority etc. The FIS rules are on big posters at some of the lift stations but are not prominent. I think it would be a good idea if people had to sign something to say they’ve read the rules before they can buy a pass.
The whole situation is made worse by people having alcoholic lunches etc.