Evaluate the avalanche risk: the steep slopes and channels which descend from the adjacent mountainside to the Ces-Tognola ski lift can kick off at any time, as is the case with the slopes below the containment nets on the return route. Take care of the various jumps of varying heights in the wooded area. As the forest return route is used by both cross-country and alpine skiers, take particular care and moderate your speed on descent.
Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin (www.meteotrentino.it or any other service that suits your needs) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions at the Mountain Guides’ office. (+39 0439 768795 – firstname.lastname@example.org ). GPS routes are merely indicative of the more reasonable track but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions.
Safety, evaluation capacity and knowledge are extremely important and fundamental aspects for those who want to practise outdoor activities in winter. In the following lines you can find some useful advice to practise outdoor activities in safe conditions:
-choose an itinerary that meets your psychophysical and technical conditions
-contact the Alpine Guides to verify if the tour is feasible. If you are not an expert, go on tour with a professional guide
-don't go on tour alone
-before going, tell someone your destination and at what time you plan to be back
-check the local bulletin giving information about snow, weather and avalanches
-check the equipment and be sure that the self-rescue kit (arva, probe and shovel rescue) is appropriately working
Tips and hints
Alpine Guide: www.aquilesanmartino.com
We Ride Safe: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/we-ride-safe/
For all off-piste skiing activities, the proper apparel is strongly recommended. Skiers must bear in mind that temperatures can dip quickly and garments should also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, gloves, cap, sun glasses and sun cream should also form part of every off-piste skier’s basic gear.
It’s also important to bear in mind that tight fitting or insufficiently waterproof ski boots can cause frostbite.
It’s also COMPULSARY to carry with you an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent).
A suitable helmet and other safety equipment are also strongly recommended (avalanche airbags etc.).
Basic Equipment for Backcountry Skiing
- Ski Helmet
- 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
- Additional warm jacket
- Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
- Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
- 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
- Lip protection (SPF 30+)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Backcountry Skiing
- Ski touring boots
- Ski touring bindings to fit boots
- Ski touring skins to fit skis
- Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
- Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
- Ski touring crampons
- Crevasse rescue kit
- Ski touring harness
- Light ice axe
- Ski touring ropes
- Avalanche airbag backpack
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.