Ski alpinism

 

The history of Alpine skiing goes back more than a hundred years. Initially it was mainly military Alpine skiers from countries around the Alps, who used this equipment to check the borders and movements within the mountains. Eventually climbers and skiers started to use this gear, which then obviously matched the times – wooden skis "for cross-country, downhill and jumps", i.e. all in one. For this there were bindings with small metal clips at the rear of the boot and a movable heel to allow the cable to be clamped down to the ski for the downhill portions – otherwise known as Kandahars.
 
From April 2010 the KRNAP administration approved several Alpine skiing routes on a trial basis. Further KRNAP decisions will be based on monitoring and compliance with the conditions specified in general measures and in the KRNAP Visitor Regulations.
 
It should be mentioned that most of the routes below contain some very risky sections and in poor weather an easy excursion could become a struggle for survival. These are not secure routes by any means! Although in most cases these are normal tourist routes in the summer, in winter the situation can change radically! Experience and familiarity with mountain conditions are essential, together with adequate equipment!
 
For information about the avalanche situation, weather and conditions, see the Mountain Rescue Service website.

 

 

Basic Alpine skiing gear:
  • Skis with bindings which can be walked on, or snowshoes or crampons
  • Sticks
  • Climbing strips; climbing irons for some routes
  • Helmet recommended for downhill runs
  • Backpack with drink, snack and spare clothes
  • Orientation aids
  • First aid kit
  • Head lamp
  • Bivouac bag (primarily for securing a wounded companion or waiting out bad weather)

 

Required avalanche equipment: 
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche probe
  • Shovel

 

Emergency telephone numbers:
  • +420 602 448 338
  • +420 499 433  230
  • 155
  • 112