Terms & Conditions
1. A person over 18 who is not a Member of the Club and who wishes to ride the Cresta Run may apply for SL Membership, which shall terminate automatically at the close of each season. A person wishing to use the Run in a subsequent season must make a fresh application for SL Membership. Women are not permitted to ride the Cresta Run. All riders must wear a helmet on the Run. Every rider is personally responsible for the suitability, quality and condition of the helmet he wears.
2. All riders must agree to be bound by the Rules of the Club and will not be permitted to ride unless they have signed the back of their application card before their first ride in a season, accepting the following:
- 'Whether as a Member or as a SL rider I ride the Cresta Run because I freely choose to do so. I do so as an individual and do not regard the arrangement whereunder I do so as a commercial or business arrangement.
- ‘I acknowledge that tobogganing on this Run is dangerous. I willingly accept the risk that I may suffer injury in using the Run. I acknowledge that, if that should happen, no liability will attach to the Club, its officers, servants, agents or its contractors or to any other rider using the Run. I acknowledge that this exclusion of liability extends to all accidents relating to the use of the Run even if any of the aforesaid has been at fault.
- 'I acknowledge that such exclusion of liability extends to all errors of design, construction and manufacture, to all equipment used or provided for use on the Run and to all aspects of the operation, management and use of the Run.
- ‘I use the Run as a consequence of my own choice and decision and I have taken the opportunity (or do not wish to take the opportunity) to familiarise myself with such risks as I take and dangers as I may face.
- ‘I also acknowledge that legal proceedings of any kind arising out of my use of the Run shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Swiss Courts and to the principles and processes of Swiss Law. That applies equally to any dispute arising with the Club or its officers, servants or employees or other riders and to all legal processes arising out of my use of the Run whether they be in contract, tort, delict or otherwise howsoever.
- ‘In acknowledging that I visit and use the Run entirely at my own risk and that neither the Club nor any of its officers, servants or agents or its contractors or any other rider shall be under any liability whatsoever to me, I undertake both for myself and for my heirs and dependants and for my successors that neither I nor they will make any claim against the Club, its officers, servants, agents or contractors or such other rider whether for death, personal injury or otherwise arising out of my use of the Run as a result of anything done or that may have been omitted to be done and which affects that use of the Run.'
- ‘I confirm that I am not aware that I have any medical condition that makes it inadvisable for me to ride the Cresta Run.'
3. Arrival Times
Beginners & SL Riders should be aware that:
- Riding in December: Beginners must arrive by 0745 at the latest. The Run opens at 0830.
- Riding in January & February: Beginners must arrive by 0715 at the latest. The Run opens at 0800.
The Club recommends that SL riders arrange their own insurance before coming to St Moritz. It is important to check whether the Cresta Run is covered, as some policies specifically exclude tobogganing or skeleton riding.
Riders may purchase insurance at the Clubhouse. It is made available through the Club for the benefit of those who have arrived at the Cresta without proper insurance, and who do not wish to delay riding while they investigate alternatives. The Club receives a commission from the insurers for the work involved, but the Club does not act for individuals taking out the insurance, and owes no duty to such individuals. The Club gives no assurances, and makes no representations, as to the merits of the Policy, and has no responsibility to a rider in respect of any uninsured or unpaid claim. In particular it should be noted:
It is Accident, not Travel, insurance. It will only cover the Cresta Run, Bobsleigh and Skeleton. It will not cover any other winter sport (e.g. skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, Langlauf, etc., or even falling in the street).
- It is only available for those aged 16-69. (Those aged 65-69 must pay a double premium.)
- All EU citizens and UK riders should carry an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). Non-EU nationals are strongly advised to purchase medical and repatriation insurance in their country of residence before riding.
- In the event of a possible claim, riders must contact the specialist assistance providers prior to incurring costs. There is a standard £150 excess on all claims (from 2016/17).
- There are limits both in the period of time allowed for, and the expense of, follow-up treatment once a rider has returned home.
- Standard conditions also apply. (e.g. pre-existing conditions not advised, influence of drugs/alcohol voiding cover, etc.)
- The insured rider remains directly liable for any bills which are not paid by the insurers.
To arrange insurance at the Clubhouse, see a member of the Secretariat when registering.
5. EHIC Card
All EU Nationals and UK riders should carry an EHIC card. The card is extremely easy to apply for on-line. This European Commission website page gives links to all the appropriate EU member states’ sites, including the United Kingdom. The card is not a substitute for travel/accident insurance. It will not cover private medical care, repatriation, helicopter/mountain rescue, theft or loss, to give some examples, but should be used in conjunction with appropriate insurance.
6. The Entrance Fee is returnable only if the application for SL Membership is not accepted or no single ride is available to the SL Member during his stay. Unused rides are not transferable.
7. The Secretary has absolute discretion to accept or refuse any application for SL Membership. If at any time during the season the Secretary is of the opinion that the conduct of an SL Member is, or may be, such as to be injurious to the interests or reputation of the Club, or inconsistent with his status as a temporary member, the Secretary may forthwith terminate his SL Membership.