Safety first in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Top tips on how to stay safe and have fun

The Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area offers top skiing conditions from December until May. With so much skiing and snowboarding available, there are a a few simple rules that all piste-users should know before they head out onto the slopes.

Modern skis and snowboards are fast and easy to turn. That is why one of the main ways to keep yourself and those around you safe is by adjusting your speed according to your ability and the overall situation on the slopes. There are also a few important "rules of the road" that should be respected when skiing in Austria in order to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and injury-free holiday.

Staying safe on the slopes in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Before heading out to explore Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, please take the time to have a look at the Rules for Conduct published by the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS).


Sunset skiing in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

1. Respect for other skiers

A skier must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.


2. Control of speed and skiing

A skier must remain in control all times. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.


3. Choice of route

A skier coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers ahead.


4. Overtaking

A skier may overtake another skier above or below and to the right or left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.


5. Entering and starting

A skier entering a marked run or starting again after stopping must look up and down the slopes in order to determine if he can do so without endangering himself or others.


6. Stopping on the piste

Unless absolutely necessary, a skier must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.


7. Climbing and descending on foot

A skier either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.


8. Respect for signs and markings

A skier must respect all signs and markings.


9. Assistance

At accidents, every skier is duty bound to assist.


10. Identification

Every skier and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.


Skiverleih Scheiber in Obergurgl

Ski helmets and protective equipment

Use your head and stay safe on the slopes in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

It is strongly recommended that adults wear a ski helmet. Children should definitely wear a ski helmet. Some Austrian provinces have already passed laws making it mandatory for children to wear a helmet.

Back protectors are particularly important for snowboarders. If you are invoved in an accident while on the slopes in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, keep calm and contact the emergency services.

Emergency service phone numbers:

International Alpine rescue: 112 Mountain rescue: 140
Ambulance: 144 Fire brigade: 122
Police: 133  



Your sports shop at the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl

Professional advice and top equipment

At the Hotel Edeweiss & Gurgl's own sports and rental shop visitors will find everything they need for a great time on the slopes. Our ski rental service uses the latest techology and subjects all rental material to stringent tests.

The friendly members of staff at the sports shop will be happy to provide you with tips and advice on how to stay safe and have fun on the slopes in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. And when you get back to your hotel, why not relax those aching muscles in our Glacier Spa, which includes a wide range of massages and beauty treatments?


Glacier Spa at the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl in Obergurgl
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