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SAFE Ski Touring

Tips for your safety on the mountain

Safety is the top priority alongside your mountain experience. The basic principles are adherence to and observance of important rules of conduct and instructions as well as accurate tour planning and adequate equipment.

1. Healthy into the mountains

Ski tours are endurance sports. The valuable stress stimuli for heart, circulation and muscles presuppose health and an honest self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and choose the pace so that nobody in your group gets out of breath. Watch out for reserves of strength for the descent.

2. Careful planning

Maps, guide literature, Internet and experts provide information about the route, length, altitude difference and current conditions. The weather report deserves special attention, as cold, wind and poor visibility greatly increase the risk of accidents. Also plan alternative routes and inform you about national mountain rescue emergency numbers (European emergency number 112).

Checklist tour planning

  • The right selection of the tour destination according to your own ability and condition as well as the current snow conditions (honest self-assessment - physical and psychological prerequisites; attention in winter many mountain tours are not feasible due to snow!)
  • Discussion of the topics orientation and avalanche danger
  • Observance of the weather forecast and current weather conditions
  • Control conditions on site
  • Timing! Start early - twilight starts in winter around 04.00 p.m. Note the warming at different times of the day (avalanche danger increases!).
  • Suitable equipment
  • Installation and test run of the emergency call app "SOS-EU-Alp" on your smartphone
  • Conclusion of an accident and salvage cost insurance policy

Possible alpine dangers are:
Sudden fall in the weather, snowfall, wind, avalanches, fog, ice, solar radiation (warming during the day can increase the danger of avalanches)

Different weather conditions change the terrain daily. For this reason, the assessment of a safe inspection lies solely in the personal responsibility and discretion of each individual!

Snow depths

Snow depths
Snow depths

Latest snow depths in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental

3. Complete equipment

Adapt your equipment to the winter conditions and the concrete tour destination. Standard emergency equipment includes avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, first aid kit, bivouac bag and mobile phone. An airbag system increases the chances of survival. Check your equipment before the tour and carry a repair kit with you.

Checklist Equipment

Skitour Ausrüstung_Wilder Kaiser_Foto Stefan Leitner
- Backpack: volume approx. 25 lt. - recommendation: airbag-backpack
- Shoes: solid, high, waterproof mountaineering boots with grip profile sole
- Clothing: wind- and waterproof, breathable jacket, insulation jacket, fleece/soft shell jacket, cap and gloves, functional underwear, changeable underwear
- Sun protection: high-quality sunglasses, ski goggles, headgear, sun cream (protection factor ≥30), lip protection
- Drinks and catering: min. 1 to max. 2 litres of water/tea, fruit/muesli bars, student food or just what tastes good
- Map material: GPX track, map, tour description and information material
- Mobile phone: Ensure that the battery is sufficiently charged (emergency), carry a power bank if necessary.
- First aid kit: incl. blister plaster and aluminium rescue blanket
- Bivouac bag & headlamp
- Walking sticks: When used correctly, poles help to relieve strain on the joints and support balance. However, our natural balance and coordination ability is negatively affected. When using telescopic poles, make sure that the locking mechanism is reliable.
- Avalanche equipment: Depending on the tour in open terrain, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel may also be used.
- Helmet
- Documents: Identity card, insurance card, cash

4. Avalanche situation

Inform yourself in detail about the avalanche situation before your tour: Pay special attention to information about the danger level (1-5), the danger points (Where is it dangerous today?) and the danger patterns (What is the main danger today?).

Current avalanche report

Current avalanche reportHere you will find all information about regional avalanche danger levels, snow cover structure, danger patterns, tendencies, alpine weather forecast and much more.

Or you can receive real-time information on the current avalanche situation via the "Lawine Tirol" app.
Download for iOS devices
Download for Android devices
www.lawinen.report

5. Weighing up the avalanche risk

When recognising the danger of avalanches, people have narrow limits. Therefore, base your decisions on strategic methods of risk assessment (reduction methods) and learn to recognize danger signs in the terrain. Avoid danger points and turn around in case of doubt.

6. Breaks and orientation

Drinks, energy and pauses are necessary to maintain performance and concentration. Hot, isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers and warmers. Orient yourself continuously ("I know where I am") and critically assess existing traces.

7. Keep distances

Spacing serves to relieve the snow cover and to limit damage. Relief distances of 10 m for ascents on steep slopes and increase comfort during hairpin bends. When descending steep slopes, always keep clearances of at least 30 m and drive on very steep slopes individually.

8. Avoid falls

Falls during the descent are the most frequent cause of accidents on ski tours. For the snow cover they mean a large additional load. Good skiing technique and a speed adapted to the ability reduce the risk. A ski helmet protects against head injuries. Attention: Danger of falling on a frozen snow cover and in rocky terrain!

9. Small groups

Small groups (up to 6 people) increase safety. Communication with other winter sports enthusiasts and mutual consideration prevent dangerous situations. Stay together in the group. Inform familiar people about destination, route and return. Attention loners: Even small incidents can lead to serious emergencies.

10. Respect nature

The mountains offer a valuable space for moving in unique wilderness. Enjoy this freedom! Respect wildlife, respect protected areas and do not enter reforested areas. Use carpool or public transport to get there.

- Respect protected areas and sanctuaries for plants and animals!
- Avoid twilight (feeding game and grazing times) - plan your tour best between 10am and 4pm.
- Avoid game feeding and catchment areas on a large scale (300 m) (observe restricted areas!)
- Observe animals only from a great distance, never follow them.
- Do not enter reforestations and young forests.
- Keep calm and do not shout.

Dogs
Please use the walking bag and throw it into the nearest rubbish bin to avoid soiling the pastures and nature. Help to keep nature clean. To avoid problems with other winter sports enthusiasts such as cross-country skiers or snowshoe hikers - please keep dogs on a leash!

Garbage
Nature is a precious good - so please keep the mountains clean and don't leave any waste behind! Waste is still here - even if you are long gone!

Ski touring on slopes - safe and fair!

Rules of conduct for ski tours along the slopes

Skifahren Skigebiet Landschaft_Wilder Kaiser_Foto Peter von Felbert (18)
You are also responsible for your skiing on the slopes. Alpine dangers, in particular the danger of avalanches, must be assessed by yourself. Emergency equipment must be carried. Ski slopes are primarily available to the ticket holders of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental. In order to avoid accidents and conflicts, we ask you to observe the following recommendations.

  • Observe warnings and local regulations.
  • Follow the closure of a piste or part of a piste. The use of piste equipment - especially with winches - or avalanche blasting, etc. can lead to life-threatening situations. Slopes can therefore be closed for the duration of the work.
  • Ascent only at the edge of the piste and one behind the other.
  • Cross the piste only in clear places and at a sufficient distance from each other.
  • Only ski at the edges of freshly groomed slopes. Tracks frozen overnight can severely impair slope quality.
  • Leave the slopes by 10.30 p.m. or any other time determined by the cableway company.
  • Make yourself visible. In darkness or poor visibility, use a headlamp, reflective clothing, etc..
  • Only use routes for your ascent which are specially dedicated to piste tours.
  • Dogs should not be taken on slopes.
  • Use designated parking spaces and pay any parking fees.

State-certified mountain and ski guides

State-certified mountain and ski guides

State-certified mountain and ski guidesIn order to be able to experience tours in the mountains as safely and relaxed as possible, a well-founded education and many years of experience are necessary. Our state-certified mountain and ski guides will be happy to accompany you on your individual tour.

If you are interested in LVS training, avalanche awareness, tour planning and ski tour training as well as background information on alpine dangers and practical tips off the beaten track, our guides will be happy to answer your questions.
More information

Please note that the information provided on mountain safety is exclusively recommendations of the Wilder Kaiser Tourism Association. All information is subject to change without notice.

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