Zwei Pistentourengeher auf einem Kunstschneehaufen.
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Observe warnings and local regulations

What is the difference between "ski area out of service" and "piste closed"? What are the dangers to be aware of?

Attention at the beginning of the season!

The cable car operators have to prepare the pistes already before the expected start of the winter season and impose corresponding closures. Special caution is also required on the other slopes: Until the start of skiing operations, "piste tours" are equivalent to ski tours in open terrain in terms of potential danger. Use the slopes at your own risk, as danger spots are not secured and avalanches can occur as in open terrain.

Ski area is "out of service

Most ski areas are currently "out of service" or "closed" and are therefore considered to be free ski areas. Use by winter sports enthusiasts is then at their own risk, unless the piste is closed by the operator for safety reasons.

With the 2nd Covid-19 protective measures ordinance, which comes into force on 7 December, ski slope tours are in principle possible again, provided that the distance rules are observed (1 person per 10 m2). However, the piste operator may close ski pistes at any time for safety reasons and to carry out grooming work.

However, we would like to point out that ski tours in ski areas that are currently out of operation are associated with particular dangers. These are sources of danger that one would rather not expect to encounter on a ski tour in an open ski area during operating hours.

Anyone who nevertheless uses a ski slope in a closed ski area does so at their own risk and should, in their own interest, be on the move defensively, especially when skiing downhill.

Slope is "closed"

If a piste is "closed" (e.g. for safety reasons such as avalanche safety or grooming work), the area must not be used.

Such a closure must be indicated by the operator.