Ski Touring

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Ski Touring
Ski Touring

Video: Ski Touring

Video: Ski Touring

Ski touring

Ski touring has become a trend sport in recent years. For many, the attraction lies in the holistic experience of climbing a mountain on your own in winter and descending in deep snow. Ski touring means steady ascent through quiet landscapes, but also rushing descents in untracked powder snow or carving on glistening firn. Ski tours are pure nature experience and adventure at the same time…


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Ski mountaineering in alpine terrain requires many decisions - from tour planning, assessment of the avalanche risk, weather conditions to the choice of the ascent track and the descent route. Alpine experience and special knowledge of avalanches are therefore important for independent ski tours. The alpine clubs offer a range of courses for this purpose. On guided tours, specially trained and experienced professionals (e.g. mountain and ski guides) relieve the participants of the Alpine decisions.

Physical impact & demands

The entire body is stressed during ski tours: the leg muscles on the ascent and on the descent, the upper body and arm muscles, especially on the ascent and when carrying a backpack. As an endurance sport, ski tours strengthen the cardiovascular system and contribute to increased energy consumption. The physical prerequisites for ski tours are above all very good endurance and strength endurance. After the ascent, there should still be enough power reserves for a safe descent in deep snow. Good skiing technique helps to cope with different snow conditions, e.g. in firn, powder snow or difficult crust. Special ski touring poles are height adjustable.

The right equipment

Skis, bindings , shoes: The basic equipment includes light touring skis with touring bindings that enable walking movement on the ascent and can be fixed on the descent. Removable skins prevent slipping back when climbing. Ski touring boots are designed to be flexible in the ankle area and can be fixed for the descent.

Clothing: The clothing should consist of several layers in order to be better able to adapt to changing temperatures. A wind jacket or anorak protect you from cooling down. To keep your hands warm, thin gloves can be worn under ski gloves or mittens. Silk gloves are particularly warm.

Goggles, helmet: sun and ski goggles should be included on every tour. Helmets are also worn by safety-conscious touring enthusiasts on off-piste descents.

Backpack: A backpack is required to stow provisions, spare clothing and equipment.

Avalanche transceiver: An avalanche transceiver (avalanche transceiver) is part of the standard equipment on every ski tour. Avalanche shovel and probe are also important for a quick rescue.

Danger! In the event of an avalanche accident, rapid recovery within 15 minutes is crucial, because longer periods of burial significantly reduce the chances of survival.

An emergency kit consists of a first aid kit, a survival blanket and a bivouac sack. In an emergency, help can be called quickly with a mobile phone (reception provided). Alpine emergency number 140.

Whom can I ask?

The alpine clubs offer guided ski tours, ski touring and avalanche courses.

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