Skiing is basically an individual sport involving speed, judgment and discipline.

In the early days of skiing, there were no rules and discipline was rarely enforced. However, as the popularity of skiing increased so did the frequency of accidents, including fatal ones. The skiing authorities stepped in to do something about it. The International Ski Federation (FSI) came out with a 10 point rule of conduct for skiers. In brief they are:

  1. Respect: Do not endanger others.
  2. Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and to the general conditions on the mountain.
  3. Choice of Route: The skier in front has priority. Leave enough space.
  4. Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier.
  5. Entering and Starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked run.
  6. Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can actually be seen. Never stop below the brow of a hill where you are hidden.
  7. Climbing: When climbing up or down, always keep to the side of the piste.
  8. Signs: Obey all signs and markings. They are there for your safety.
  9. Assistance: In case of accidents, mark the incident area with crossed skis stuck in the snow, provide help and alert the rescue service.
  10. Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses.

The number of accidents has been brought down considerably and skiing, now, is a truly enjoyable adventure sport.

In India, skiing started relatively very late. However it offers some of the best ski sites in the world. The most popular ones are located along the slopes of the Himalayas in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

Wild Country Learning (WCL) organizes its skiing events at Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The ski programs are conducted by qualified and competent instructors who ensure the participants are fully equipped to take to skiing. For the uninitiated, a beginners course is conducted, which normally takes from 7 to 14 days. WCL takes care of all arrangements as in the case of all other Learning In The OutdoorsSM programmes. Want to give it a try? Just get in touch!


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