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How to avoid £17K of ski fines this season

You might expect to pay a fine for exceeding your baggage allowance, but what about being fined €2,000 for wearing your ski boots whilst on your ski holiday? It’s just one of the many things you could be fined for at a ski resort.

We’ve collated a list of international ski rules that could land you with a hefty fine this season. When converted to sterling and totalled, they added up to an eye-watering £17,000 worth of fines.

With 36% of ski enthusiasts intending to take a ski holiday this year (YouGov Profiles), we are keen to help you avoid fines and ski safely. Collating a variety of common and lesser-known rules, we found unusual rules in France, Italy, Canada, Austria, and the USA.

Ski fines from around the world

We compiled a list of unusual ski fines to help our community avoid unnecessary costs during their holiday. Each country and resort may have different restrictions for skiers and snowboarders so it’s important to familiarise yourself with rules and any fines associated with them.

USA

Austria

France

Italy

Germany

Canada

Following common ski etiquette like sticking to recommended speeds and following trial route guidance should help you avoid most fines and ski safely. But the more unusual ones are worth keeping an eye out for. A good ski chalet host should also be able to answer any questions you have and help you stay safe on and off the slopes. Keep up to date with all the latest information from the slopes by reading the VIP SKI blog.

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