Alpine skiing is sometimes called
downhill skiing.

When planning your alpine ski trip, select an alpine ski resort which caters for your needs. Each of the ski resorts offers a variety of facilities and ski runs, from beginner to advanced. Each of the resorts also operates an information service. Visit the resort web sites to make a comparison between price, size, terrain and facilities.

Equipment & Clothing
Alpine ski clothing and equipment is specialised. Before purchasing equipment and clothing, ensure that they are suitable to your skiing needs. Consult your local professional ski retailer who can advise you on the best equipment to meet your requirements. If possible, hire the same equipment before purchasing.

If you have your own equipment. always have it checked and serviced regularly by a reputable ski or board technician before riding lifts.

  Lift Riding
There are two types of lifts: aerial (chairlifts, gondolas, cable cars) and surface or drag lifts (pomas, T-bars, rope tows). If you are unsure how to use these lifts ask the lift attendant. Swinging or bouncing on the lift is dangerous. Always unload smoothly and ski or slide away from the unloading area. Always use the safety bar on chairs. Never drop litter from lifts (or anywhere else).

If the chairlift breaks down while you are on it, don't jump off but wait for the lift attendants to evacuate you safely, with assistance from the
Ski Patrol.

• Don't remove skis on icy slopes;
• If lost stay where you are;
• Be alert on ski lifts;
• Take ski lessons;
• Bindings must be fitted with retention devices;
• Always ski in control.


Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.