Be safe on the skiing pistes in Obergurgl
A small etiquette guide for skiers, snowboarders and all other winter sports enthusiasts
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The Obergurgl ski resort in the Austrian Ötztal Valley is safe and snow-sure from December until May. For your personal safety on the pistes and slopes there are a few rules that you should take to heart.
Modern skis and snowboards are sleek, waisted and fast. The right assessment of speed and your own level of experience are just as important as knowing the rules of conduct on the pistes by heart and therefore essential for a danger free and accident free skiing holiday in the Obergurgl skiing resort in Austria.
Rules of conduct for a safe skiing holiday in Obergurgl
Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the FIS (International Ski Federation) rules of conduct for skiing before your skiing holiday or snowboard holiday in Obergurgl.
- Show respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
- Control your speed when skiing or snowboarding
A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
- Choice of route
A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
- Overtaking on the skiing pistes
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
- Entering the pistes, starting and moving upwards
A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes to ensure that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
- Stopping on the piste
Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
- Climbing and descending on foot on the skiing pistes
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
- Respect for signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
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Ski helmets and protectors for your safety during your skiing holiday in Obergurgl
Wearing a ski helmet for adults is highly recommended. Children should always wear a ski helmet. In a number of Austrian provinces wearing a helmet is already required by law. A back protector is another important piece of protective equipment, especially for snowboarders. Should something happen during your skiing holidays please stay calm and inform the rescue services, the numbers of which are listed below:
Alpine emergency call: 112
Mountain rescue: 140
Fire brigade: 122
Sport shop at Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl in Obergurgl: professional ski gear
At the sport shop of your Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl you will find perfectly-suited ski and winter sports gear, chosen to suit your level of experience. At the hotel's own ski rental service only new and expertly-checked equipment is used.
Get yourself valuable tips at the sport shop of Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl for your safe skiing holidays in Obergurgl. Then relax after experience-rich hours of skiing fun at the Glacier Spa with massages and beauty treatments.
If you are wondering how to best reach Obergurgl in the Ötztal Valley in Austria: There are daily flights from the UK to the Innsbruck or Munich airports. Low-cost carriers such as easyJet fly directly to Innsbruck during the winter months. Book in advance to get the best fare. And a shuttle service that can be arranged from the team at Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl bridges the last couple of metres from the Innsbruck Airport to your Obergurgl hotel.
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