The snowy mountains of Tirol are a huge playground for ski touring fans. Only few places in the world offer the same diversity of off-piste routes, with something for everyone from total novices to experienced experts.
Ski touring is the perfect way to experience the peace, beauty and power of the mountains in winter. Escape the crowds on the ski slopes and head into the backcountry with or without a guide for the ultimate skiing adventure. Ski touring can also be practised on the slopes, with many resorts in the region opening up their slopes to ski touring enthusiasts during the day and in the evening. Last but not least, many ski tours lead past cosy mountain huts serving food and drink.
In many Tirolean resorts you can experience world class terrain with off-piste access by hiring a backcountry guide to show you the way and teach you how to travel safely in the backcountry. If you head out on your own among a group of like-minded, please be aware that off-piste ski touring involves a variable amount of manageable risk. It is you, the skier, who is responsible for managing that risk. Only through careful planning of every backcountry trip and knowing how to ride safely in the mountains can the danger be minimised. Your safety - and the safety of others - depends on it. Avalanche rescue techniques and safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, collapsable probe, shovel) and a fully charged mobile phone are standard requirements. Carrying an avalanche airbag system, which helps you stay on top of the snow in the event of an avalanche, is strongly recommended. The best way to learn the basic safety rules for off-piste skiing is to attend one of the Snow & Avalanche Awareness Camps (SAAC). These multi-day outdoor workshops teach essential backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.