Ski touring on slopes
Risk of accidents on the ski slope
However, the slopes are often already prepared with cable winches at this time. The long steel ropes swing across the entire slope and are hardly visible even with a headlamp. This situation is life-threatening. Therefore, ski touring during the preparation of the slopes is generally prohibited. Other typical dangers are snow groomers and snowmaking machines with their water and electrical lines.
Many skiing areas offer special ski touring nights as an alternative. The idea behind it: Once or twice a week, the slopes are prepared later and skiers can ascend over secured slopes. You have to note, however, that the ascent and descent are always at your own risk.
If you are on the freshly prepared slopes before the ski resort opens, you should always ski down the edge of the slope to maintain the quality of the slopes for paying guests.
Good to know
Some countries prohibit ski touring on slopes across the board, but let the ski resorts decide in each individual case whether they still want to welcome ski tourers. Elsewhere, ski touring on slopes is generally allowed as long as you stay within the rules defined by the ski resort. This also means that you must observe closures in any case. These will protect you from dangers caused by icing, avalanches or the preparation of the slopes.