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. 

2. All riders must wear a helmet on the Run. All riders are personally responsible for the suitability, quality and condition of the helmet they wear.  All riders must be able to carry their toboggan and lift it in and out of the Run.

3. All riders must agree to be bound by the Rules of the Club and must accept that they ride at their own risk and will not be permitted to ride unless they have signed the back of their application card accepting this risk (or, in the case of Active Members, given electronic consent by signing in to ride at one of the Kiosks) 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 operator of the Run, 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 operator of the Run 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 operator of the Run 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 operator of the Run , 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.'
  • *In the case of lady riders, this includes pregnancy.  PREGNANT LADIES MAY NOT RIDE THE CRESTA RUN as riding may put you or your unborn child at risk.  Please confirm the following:
  • ‘I am not pregnant, or likely to be pregnant.'

4. 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.

5. SL Riders
Applicants for SL Membership, whether Beginners or SL Riders must, before opening time, on their first day:

  • Complete and sign the front and rear of the application card.
  • Enter their name on the appropriate Practice List.
  • Take their application card to the Secretariat in the Bar to register and pay. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card.

6. The Secretary has absolute discretion to accept or refuse any application for SL Membership.

7. If, after payment of the Entrance Fee, the application for SL Membership is accepted, an SL Member is entitled to the following:

  • Up to five rides on the Run.  In normal circumstances this may involve riding on up to three practice days.
  • Thereafter such extra rides as maybe available on non-race days, subject to the priority of Active Members,
  • Free use of equipment.
  • Use of all Clubhouse facilities upon days and at times when riding.  At all other times the SL Member must be signed in by a Member and wear the appropriate Badge.  With the permission of the Secretariat, SL Members may bring a guest, for whom a Day Guest Badge must be purchased, on the days they are riding. 

8. Insurance
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.  Moreover, some policies, whilst covering tobogganing and/or the Cresta Run, do not cover the rider if engaged in a race.

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. The Policy available at the Clubhouse is renegotiated every year and terms and conditions can vary.  Based on previous policies (which may not apply next season) 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). UK Riders should be aware that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in Brexit, EHICs will no longer be valid. Please check on the situation before departing for St Moritz. There is not enough firm information available to offer accurate advice.
  • Non-EU nationals are strongly advised to purchase medical and repatriation insurance in their country of residence before riding, as from 2017/18, the excess payable on each part of a claim is £1,000.
  • In the event of a possible claim, riders must contact the specialist assistance providers prior to incurring costs.  
  • 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 (including pregnancy), 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.

9. EHIC Card
All EU Nationals 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. For UK Riders, available advice would suggest that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EHICs will no longer be valid. In this eventuality (and in the absence of any certainty about the Brexit negotiations) the Club strongly urges riders to take out appropriate insurance that covers the Cresta Run as an addition to their usual travel insurance before departing for St Moritz. Swiss medical care is superb, but it is expensive.

10. 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 from one season to the next or to another rider.

11. 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. 

12. Privacy Policy
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