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Dear friends of Sport Matt,

here in the region of St. Anton am Arlberg the ski touring adventure is an absolutely fascinating nature sport. This sports adventure has been especially popular in recent years. One reason for this is certainly being on the road away from the hustle and bustle in the unique silence of the mountains. Reaching the summit in the ascent by one’s own power carries the same magic as descending over ungroomed terrain into the valley.

We as experts for ski sports want to give you tips on equipment and safety.

Ski tours in the Arlberg region

What equipment do you need? 

Equipment
  • Touring jacket (ideally hard or softshell)
  • Touring pants that are warm, wind and water repellent (hard / softshell)
  • fleece jacket
  • Ski Underwear
  • Ski socks
  • Thick and thin gloves
  • Headband and hat
  • sunglasses
  • touring ski
  • touring binding
  • Ski skins
  • Telescopic poles with large plates (prevent sinking in deep snow)
  • Backpack with mounting options for ski / snowboard (25 – 35 liters)
  • Eat Drink
  • Water (2 – 3 liters)
  • Thermos with warm drink
  • Small meals (such as energy bars, bananas, nuts, dextrose)
  • Sunscreens
  • maps
  • headlamp
  • mobile
  • First aid kit
  • emergency equipment
  • Avalanche transceiver (LVS)
  • shovel
  • probe
  • ABS backpack

 

What is important for your safety?

The ski touring carries a high risk of avalanches in itself. If someone is caught by an avalanche and even spilled, its chances of survival depend on the fast find. For this reason, a basic knowledge about avalanches and the proper handling of safety equipment is enormous, even vital.

Avalanches

The snow consists of different layers of snow, which have very different bindings between them. From a slope of 30 degrees upwards there is a very weak binding of the individual snow layers. This can easily lead to slipping of individual layers. Mostly due to the strain of skiers, which cause individual layers to slip.

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Slab avalanches

These avalanches are the most dangerous and can be started even on a flat slope. A minimal load can already trigger a slab. So you recognize a dangerous slope that the top layer of snow slips or slides on a deeper in large areas.

Loose snow avalanches

At a point on the steep slope and down wide expiring forms this avalanche of loose snow on the surface. Sometimes a harmless powder snow slide can make a huge avalanche of wet snow.

Before every ski tour, you should carefully read the avalanche report. In doing so, you should pay special attention to the danger level and possible danger point formation.

 

Ski tours in the Arlberg region

In a few days you can – as we also – start the winter season. We are already in the very last preparations for this grandiose event.

We look forward to the brilliantly sunny ☼☼☼ and clear, fresh snow scented winter sports days with you!

Your team from Sport Matt

 

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