Skier Responsibility Code

1. GENERAL

1.1. TC “Bukovel” Skier Responsibility Code, henceforth – the Rules, contains basic behavior principles to follow on a ski trail, in order to preserve high safety level on the slopes, minimize traumatism risks and prevent accidents.
1.2. The terms and definitions of these Rules are listed below:

Ski trail (piste) – a complex technical structure, a marked ski run down the mountain with a given profile, acceptable for mass skiing and fits all the necessary safety requirements, regarding skiing and snowboarding.

Rider – any person, who moves along the ski trail using skis or snowboards.

Beginner rider – a person, who lacks skills and traits of wintersports, and isn't fully familiar with the gear.

1.3. Anyone who participates in the ski traffic at TC "Bukovel" is the subject of these Rules.
1.4. Anyone must adhere to these Rules, as well as instructions, posted or verbal, given by TC “Bukovel” employees, follow markers and signs, mounted along the ski trail.
1.5. All damage done to the property of the resort, or to any other person, with proven fact of rule violation, must be refunded on demand, according to the current Law. 
1.6. If violations of these Rules occur, authorized employees have the right to remove a rider, or any other responsible person, out of the trail. This includes ski-pass (temporary or permanent) blocking. The price for a ski-pass being banned is not refundable.
1.7. If violation of these Rules, commited by the rider or any other person, led to traumatism or triggered other accidents, TC “Bukovel” carries no responsibility and the damage is not refundable by the Company.
1.8. By entering a ski trail at TC “Bukovel”, a rider or any other person is automatically considered to read and accept these Rules and are obliged to follow them.

2. TC “BUKOVEL” SLOPES

2.1. Depending on the complexity index, TC “Bukovel” ski trails are categorized as:

  • BLUE – basic complexity.
  • RED – advanced complexity.
  • BLACK – high complexity.

2.2. Riders may not enter the trail if the complexity level does not fit their technical skills and physical conditions.
2.3. Before entering any kind of ski trail, it’s highly recommended for beginner riders to attend a course at a ski or snowboarding school.

3. ON SKI TRAIL SAFETY

3.1. Whenever merging into the trail or starting to move downhill, the rider must look uphill and yield to others, preventing collisions and accidents.

3.2. RIDER’S CODE:

3.2.1. Be always in control, choose the appropriate speed, path, technique, keep intervals and distances. Know your own technical and physical ability and ride within it. Make sure that the slope relief, snow and weather conditions, view range and surrounding people are taken into consideration; 
3.2.2. Know that a person ahead ALWAYS has the right of way. It’s your responsibility to provide those persons with decent amount of maneuver, in case of any move, intentional or accidental. Don’t hesitate to perform signals and alerts, including verbal (if needed);
3.2.3. Look for posted signs and warnings, adhere to TC “Bukovel” personnel and Ski Patrol instructions; 
3.2.4. Know the location of Ski School proving grounds, reduce your speed when entering those locations.
 

3.3.RESTRICTIONS AND WARNINGS:

3.3.1. No broken gear;
3.3.2. Wearing a helmet is mandatory;
3.3.3. No alcohol and drugs, when on a slope, riding a chairlift or platter lift;
3.3.4. No riding through platter lift lines;
3.3.5. No riding through trails, marked as "specially reserved for competitions";
3.3.6. Skiing is prohibited during snow grooming machinery operation hours;
3.3.7. No stopping amidst the trail. In urgent cases, one must turn aside, then stop;
3.3.8. No stopping on narrow or traverse fragments, especially if cannot be seen from uphill;
3.3.9. After the stop, skiers and snowboarders must yield to others first, then proceed;
3.3.10. Riders must control their speed;
3.3.11. Riders must not cross the path of each other on purpose, or move at dangerously close distances;
3.3.12. Skiers and snowboarders must not enter a trail that is closed by Ski Patrol and/or other personnel. Riders must respect all “closed trail” signs and fencings.
3.4. Closed trails can only be used by the Ski Patrol (or other authorized personnel). 
3.5. In case of falling, the rider must regroup and free the way for others to pass as soon as possible. When unable to get up, it is still necessary to move aside, not to block the trail.
3.6. If a collision with a person (obstacle) occurred, or any other accident took place, anyone involved (including witnesses) must not leave the scene. Their obligations are as follows:
3.6.1. Mark up the accident scene. Warning signs must be put down 4-5 meters above the injured person (crossed ski poles or skis, a snowboard sticked in the snow, a jacket), or an observer must be sent uphill to warn the descending persons;
3.6.2. Competent person provides first aid, if necessary;
3.6.3. Ski Patrol must be informed immediately via phone. RESCUE SERVICE PHONE NUMBERS ARE PRINTED ON YOUR SKI-PASS!
3.6.4. Riders shall not leave the scene until Ski Patrol arrives. If involved, provide your full name and contacts.
3.7. A person ahead always has the right of way. This rider has less ability to control the situation. In case of collisions, the one who violated this guideline, is considered liable for the accident;
3.8. One can only bootpack uphill/downhill, moving along the border of the ski trail, making no obstruction to others; 

3.9. Any person who stays or operates within close proximity to a ski trail is obliged to respect the following safety restrictions: 
3.9.1. Do not enter the areas, designated exclusively for ski/snowboard traffic, including safety runouts;
3.9.2. Bootpacking uphill/downhill is only possible when moving along the border of the trail, making no obstruction and doing no damage to snowpack; 
3.10. No sledging, tobogganing and using improvised means, except for specially designated grounds or slopes;
3.11. No mechanized vehicles (ratracks, snowmobiles, quad bikes) on an open ski trail. In urgent cases, i.e. rescue or evacuation, vehicles may proceed with maximum caution. In such cases, Ski Patrol is obliged to provide all necessary warnings and instructions; 
3.12. No horse-drawn transport on the slopes. No animals; 
3.13. No trading and rental activity on the trail; 
3.14. Any person who stays or operates within close proximity to a ski trail (or riding lifts) is obliged to obey all posted signs, warnings and designations, do not cross the catch net fencing;
3.15. After lift stoppage time, anyone except service personnel must leave the trail immediately;
3.16. After the trail is closed, Ski Patrol inspects it for unauthorized presence and reports to trail maintenance service.

4. OTHER INFORMATION.

4.1. Prior to entering the slope, any rider must get familiar with these Rules. Violation may lead to accidents and traumatism, as well as penalties.

Attention skiers and snowboarders! We don't tolerate reckless skiing style on our slopes, performed at breakneck speed, especially using linear routes (without performing turns or skiing full-speed into other people).

Be aware that "Bukovel" ski patrols have the right to remove speed-freaks from the slopes (and permanently block their ski-passes).

Have a safe and smooth ride!

TC “Bukovel” administration.