Ski touring is a sport that has experienced a huge boom in recent years. The combination of physical exercise, fresh air and a cosy hut waiting at the top makes this avalanche-safe version of off-piste mountaineering an increasingly popular past time.
For many people in Tirol, ski touring on the marked pistes within the region's ski resorts is a great after-work activity. Instead of heading to the gym, it is a chance to enjoy the fresh mountain air with friends and family. In recent years, more and more people have taken up ski touring. That means today there is a wide range of people enjoying this sport, from beginners taking their first steps to experienced skiers keen to train their fitness for more ambitious off-piste adventures.
One of the things which makes ski touring on the ski pistes particularly popular is the safety aspect, plus the chance to enjoy a drink up at the hut together before whizzing back down into the valley. Some resorts even have floodlit pistes which can be used for ski touring on certain evenings. However, it should not be forgotten that ski touring on the pistes poses a challenge for ski resorts, which have to make sure that their slopes are in top condition the next morning. We have put together a few basic rules to stick to so that everyone gets along and enjoys their time in the mountains.