You leave the secured ski area when riding on the Powder Department Runs! The runs are NOT prepared, NOT secured from avalanches (and other alpine dangers) and are NOT checked. The Powder Department Runs are – since they are open ski area - not declared open or closed.
You act exclusively at your own responsibility and are outside of the area of liability of the lift operators, which offer only the open, prepared pistes and ski routes and assume no liability whatsoever.
Freeride Runs should only be entered with a certified mountain and ski guide.
AVALANCHE KNOW HOW
The likelihood of an avalanche being triggered depends on the slope gradient and risk level.The lower the risk level, the steeper the slopes you ski on can be and the other way round: the higher the risk level, the less inclined the slopes selected should be. Risk assessment requires experience and training! The right know-how is taught in SAAC Camps or by certified mountain and ski guides.
Every winter morning at 7:30 a.m. the Tyrolean Avalanche Warning Service gives an assessment of the current avalanche danger based on the five-point scale used in all of Europe. For the Stubai Glacier you should pay close attention to the southern Ötztal and the Stubai Alps region. It is important to no just superficially check the warning level, but also to read the detailed information attentively.
CURRENT AVALANCHE REPORT
Current information from the EISSEE Station.
ASSES AVALANCHE RISK BY CONSIDERING THE PRESENT DANGER WARNING AND THE SLOPE GRADIENT
Slope gradients above 30° are coloured in the map or can be measured on the terrain. The steepest section must be considered (20x20m). If you take both factors you can assess the risk with this chart:
* Described in more detail in the avalanche report (e.g. altitude, exposure, terrain)
** Additional load:
- high: e.g. two or more skiers/snowboarder etc. without relief distnace; piste machines; avalanche blasts
- low: e.g. individual snow athlete, snowshoe hiker
++ spontaneous: without the added risk of humans
++ exposure: direction, the slope is facing
++ exposed: especially dangerous
++ moderatly steep terrain: with a gradient of less than 30°
++ steep slopes: steeper than 30°
++ extremely steep terrain: especially dangerous because of their inclination (more than 40°), terrain shape, closeness to a ridge and surface