Most of the measures are voluntary and appeal to ski mountaineers’ understanding and cooperation.
All the measures are intended to help
minimise the impact on nature and at the same time not only maintain but also, if possible, to improve the range of ski tours and to impose restrictions only when absolutely necessary.
Overview boards with ski tours and conservation areas
The conservation areas established by the local working parties and conflict-free ski tours are illustrated on orientation boards at central car parks. QR codes provide information about the protected sites and species.
Our partner Tyrol Mountain Rescue has produced their own safety package which completes the range of information with the following components:
- emergency equipment,
- address of the Tyrolean Avalanche Report and
- Mountain Rescue’s emergency APP
Consistent board layout is intended to guarantee the recognition value and improve the respect for the conservation areas.
Ski tour aisles
Due to the fact that the forest area in Tyrol has been growing significantly for decades and that the level of forest stands and timber stocks are increasing steadily, the creation of aisles in the forest can be the sensible thing to do in specific cases.
This allows the ski tourers to be guided to defined areas so that there is less pressure on the adjacent forest, forest rejuvenation and conservation areas.
Signposting in open country
Signposting is used very sparingly and only in the area below the tree line. Signs should only be placed where better ascents or descent options are possible. Signposting serves to guide the ski mountaineers so that they recognise and avoid sensitive areas.
The direction signs do not mean that the signposted ascent and descent routes are safe from avalanches or other alpine hazards. When skiing in open country, it is the ski mountaineers’ responsibility to make this assessment themselves.
Safety is important to us, which is why we have installed LVS checkpoints at the ski tour starting points in a few popular ski tours areas. There is a total of 24 LVS checkpoints in the Wipptal, Sellrain and Brixental and Villgratental valleys.