If you have been injured in a ski or snow board accident in
Italy, you deserve to know your legal rights under Italian law.
Skiing holidays are extremely popular but, as with any type of
sport, participants are often at risk of suffering personal
Approximately 10,000 skiers and snow boarders experience harm
every year while taking part in these activities.
Those adversely affected by another person's negligence may
be entitled to receive compensation through a sports injury claim.
All the skiers must comply with the rules called
Skier's Decalogue ("Decalogo
The Skier's Decalogue was approved in Beirut in 1967 by the
International Ski Federation and it is the most complete and
organic set of rules on how skiers should behave on the skiing
In Italy such rules have been receipted in Law n. 363 of 24
December 2003 on Safety in Ski and Snowboard activities
("Norme in materia di sicurezza nella pratica degli sport
invernali da discesa e da fondo").
This is the content of the Decalogue
others: Every skier should behave so that
he is not putting in danger other persons or things.
Perfect control of the speed
and of one's behavior: Every skier
has to keep a speed and a behavior adequate to his own skills and
to the general conditions of the slopes, of the clear view and
Choosing the right
direction: The upstream skier has the
possibility to chose the trail and has to keep a direction in order
to avoid collision risks with the downstream skier.
Overtaking: A skier can overtake
another (with sufficient space and visibility) either in upstream
or in downstream, either on the right or on the left, but always at
a distance that helps avoiding getting in the way of the overtaken
crossing: The skier that introduces
himself in a slope or one that restarts after a break, has to make
sure to do this without danger for himself or the others; in the
crossings the skier has to give way to the skiers coming from his
right or according to other existing indications.
stop: The skier should avoid stopping,
except when really needed, in the obligated or limited visibility
uphill: In case of urgent need of moving
uphill or downhill by foot, the skiers has to stick to the borders
of the slope.
Respect of the
signalling: All skiers have to respect
foreseen signs for the skiing slopes and particularly the
obligatory use of helmet for children under 14.
Rescue: Everybody should be ready
to rescue in case of accident.
Identification: Anybody involved
in an accident or is a witness has to identify himself by giving
Besides the 10 rules, this law engages the ski area
administrations to provide adequate signs within the statutes and
Each ski accident is unique, but most fall into a category such
as skier collisions, ski lift accidents or ski resort
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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