BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SKIING/SNOWBOARDING
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BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

Ski areas with proper facilities in India are very few, namely Gulmarg, SolangNallaand Auli. All these regions are subject to erratic Himalayan weather patterns. Locations like Auli also involve a long drive to get there.

INTRODUCTION

8.1  Ski areas with proper facilities in India are very few, namely Gulmarg, SolangNallaand Auli. All these regions are subject to erratic Himalayan weather patterns. Locations like Auli also involve a long drive to get there. All operators are required to include this information along with weather predictions to the client at the inquiry stage.

GUIDES AND TRAINING

8.2  Ski and snowboard instructors

a) The guide or escort with the tourist party must have a advance level MOI certification from a national or international skiing or snowboarding Institute. In case snowboarding certification is not available in your area then a letter from an internationally qualified instructor or director of the local Ski institute will suffice.

b) The Tour Operator’s contracts with ski schools specify that all instructors are qualified as above.

EQUIPMENT

8.3  The correct use and proper maintenance of SKI & SNOWBOARD equipment is essential for conducting safe skiing and snowboarding activities.

8.4  Whenever equipment is hired the tour operator is to ensure that:-

a) Ski equipment is fully serviceable with all components complete and is routinely checked every time it is issued

b) Only members of staff who are suitably experienced undertake the fitting of equipment. In most cases, only fully qualified technicians will be employed.

c) The bindings must be fitted with due consideration to the age, weight, height and ability of the participant and the manufacturer’s instructions.

d) Boots must be dry and in full working order with no significant damage that could reduce performance. All fastenings must be fully functioning.

e) Skis and boots sizes should be easily identifiable so that clients do not try to use the wrong equipment.

f) The tour operator will regularly check that these conditions are being met and be able to provide evidence of such checks upon request

8.5 Ski Lifts

a) The tour operator should have tested and used the lift system, particularly those parts dedicated to beginners.

b) Resorts must be assessed by the tour operator as suitable for age group of the groups being brought for the activity.

c) Lifts should be suitable for the age and experience of group being handled.

INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES

8.6  Whenever skiing equipment is owned by the operator, independent inspections and maintenance are to be carried out before the commencement of the season. This requires a sound knowledge of equipment and therefore must be carried out by qualified persons as a minimum the inspector must be qualified to be a instructor. Basic inspections must be carried out after every use by the guide/escort and records maintained.

SOP’S AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

8.7  Such is the nature of skiing and snowboarding that the systems required at each individual ski resort will differ. While the minimum requirements and standards that apply to all skiing and snowboarding activities, tour operators must maintain a SOP which is known and understood by all participants. The SOP covers the following:

a) DOs and DONTs for the particular ski resort/ skiing area.

b) Procedure for use of Ski Lifts, timings, ticketing and local customs.

c) Manufacturer’s manual for the ski equipment in use.

d) Location and identification of slopes that require a minimum proficiency level.

e) Instruction procedures.

f) The outer limits of the skiing area and any known hazards. A detailed trail map with color coded runs clearly defining limits of rescue patrol and timings.

g) Defined warning system for avalanche warnings

h) Appropriate Personal clothing and protective gear.

i) Emergency and accident procedures, responsibilities and action and reporting.

RISK MITIGATION

8.8  Basics first aid kit must be available with the guide. In addition, a detailed emergency procedure must be written that includes contact numbers of the available emergency services. Evacuation routes and emergency procedures must also be included in the companies risk assessment.