With the super busy holiday period almost upon us, local Morzine magazine Yodel put together a couple of mountain eitiquette points which should make life on the hill a bit for all of us. Take it away Yodel...
It’s an easy thing to forget that all the skiers and snowboarders on the mountain are at different levels to everyone else and yourself.
For this reason it is really important to observe mountain etiquette so that everyone can have a good day on the white stuff.
1. Stick to runs that suit your ability. If you are a learner, do not attempt a black run until you are ready. It will only frustrate the more competent people around you.
2. Don’t push in. Everyone can understand the frustration at waiting in long lines for the lift or ticket office but everyone’s going through the same thing!
3. Respect learners. If there are people who don’t look very comfortable, don’t just go whizzing past them with little space to spare. Always remember how intimidating it can be to learn so give them plenty of room.
4. The person in front of you has right of way. Whether you’re stopping, turning or trying to cross a run, always remember to watch for the person in front of you. They don’t have eyes in the back of their heads to predict your moves!
5. Control your speed. Ok so half the fun of the mountain can be riding fast but ensure you are always in control. Your good spirits will only be destroyed if you can’t stop yourself before smashing into a ski school!
We’re all here for the same thing so respect each other and have fun – it’s what we’re ALL here for!