Safe & Fair Ski Slope Tours
On the one hand, there can be conflicts when ski tourers impair the quality of the slopes, which have been prepared at the expense of much time and effort, or endanger the safety of descending skiers. On the other hand, modern slope preparation equipment and snow-making systems pose a serious threat to the slope tourers.
In 2005 the Province of Tyrol’s Department for Sport worked to seek consensus with the relevant stakeholders in Tyrol to devise a solution acceptable to all parties. The department, anxious to avoid imposing statutory regulations and to protect the freedom to practise sport, placed its trust in the precepts of the complementary Fairness in Sport. The solution which emerged was the Tyrolean Model. "Safe & Fair Ski Slope Tours " works when all those involved keep to the ski touring rules.
The stated rules of behaviour on the ski slopes are based on the following 10 recommendations of the Austrian Board for Alpine Safety:
1. Observe warning signs as well as local rules.
2. Do not enter when a ski slope or part of the slope is closed.
When snow grooming vehicles are being used - especially with rope winches - or in case of artificial avalanche release etc., there is the risk of situations which can be life-threatening. Slopes can, therefore, be closed for safety reasons whilst the work is undertaken.
3. Ascend only along the edge of the ski slope and in single file.
4. Cross the ski slope only at places with good visibility and with adequate distance between one another.
5. Ski only along the edge of freshly prepared ski slopes.
Tracks which have frozen overnight can impair the quality of the ski slope.
6. Leave the slopes by 10:30 pm or the time specified by the lift company.
7. Be visible.
In darkness or poor visibility use head lamp, reflective clothing, etc.
8. Only use the ascent routes/ski slope specially designated for ski slope tours.
9. Do not take dogs onto the ski slope.