Ski touring is a relatively new winter sport and is also extremely popular in the region of East Tyrol where AdventureAustria is based. 2014 saw the 2nd annual National Ski Touring Exhibition which took place in our hometown of Lienz.
Ski touring is the walking or ascending of a mountain on skis. This is followed by the downhill decent, often off-piste and away from prepared slopes.
Ski touring requires special equipment such as touring skis (shorter and wider than conventional skis), special ski bindings in which the heel is free to rise and lift up as you walk uphill, ski skins and adjustable telescopic poles. Furthermore, one should have weatherproof clothing, map/compass, emergency provisions and a safety set for avalanches.
Why ski touring in East Tyrol?
Ski touring is undoubtedly superb for your condition and health. But many do ski touring to escape crowed slopes and discover untouched, peaceful winter paradises whilst seclusion and untouched virgin snow attracts others.
The conditions for ski touring in East Tyrol are perfect to explore and experience the nature and beauty of the region. On some more well-known ski touring routes, there are also various huts open in winter which are an ideal camp for overnight trips or for a short break with some hot food and drinks.
Before going on a ski touring trip, whether it be for a half-day or an overnight trip, there are a few things to consider in order for you to prepare well:
Always choose a tour which corresponds to your level of physical fitness
Always inform friends or family where you intend on going and when you will be coming back
Obtain up to date information on weather and snow conditions
Avoid bad weather situations and avalanches
Whilst a guide is not absolutely necessary, inexperienced touring skiers should always go with an experienced team who know the area well
Ski touring guides are recommended for inexperienced skiers and can often show you much more than if you were to tackle a trail by yourself.
A intermediate level of skiing is also required for basic ski touring.
If you are interested in ski touring in East Tyrol on a winter holiday to Austria, then feel free to contact us and we will help you organise something suitable for you. We can organise a ski touring guide, equipment hire as well as planning ski touring day trips and overnight trips.
Ski touring in East Tyrol. Ski touring in East Tyrol is generally available from early December to the beginning of May. Minimum numbers may apply for guided tours. A guide is always recommended even if you are experienced in ski touring. If you are interested in a ski tour during a winter holiday in East Tyrol then please contact us or complete our enquiry form.