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Alpine safety

For the Tyrolean Ski Instructors Association, guaranteeing the safety of the guests of the Tyrolean ski schools is of the utmost importance. The training method of the Tyrolean Ski Instructors Association therefore places the highest priority on a comprehensive safety and alpine education for the Tyrolean snow sports instructors.

Alpine Education

Skiing away from the piste, such as freeriding or ski touring in the open ski area, is becoming increasingly popular. For ski schools, this development presents a challenge. The snow sports instructors must take on a great responsibility for their guests. In order to prepare and educate our snow sports instructors in the best possible way, an ongoing revision of the courses according to the latest scientific knowledge is necessary. For this reason, the Tyrolean Ski Instructors Association works closely with experts and relevant organisations of the Land Tyrol.

Alpine training grows according to the ski technique education. In the training module for Level 1 "Anwärter" basic knowledge of snow and avalanche awareness as well as search and rescue are taught. The snow sports instructor with the qualification level "Anwärter" is only entitled to teach in the marked ski areas.

As part of the (“Landes”) ski or snowboard instructor training, a seven-day alpine course must be attended and successfully completed. The main focus when skiing/boarding off-piste is a solid guiding technique and the tactics for the subjective assessment of individual slopes. This course teaches the complexity and the uncertainties of the snow cover. With the specialist subjects of orientation, weather and alpine hazards in both theory and practice, as well as a comprehensive training in group and organised rescue, the ski/snowboard instructor is given the necessary skills.

During the alpine course as part of the diploma/graduate ski/snowboard instructor training, all these topics are further intensified and an introduction to touring skiing is also accomplished.

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The highest attainable alpine education in the ski industry is the Ski/Snowboard Guide training.
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FIS Rules


  1. Respect other skiers and snowboarders
    All skiers/snowboarders must behave in such a way that they do not endanger or harm anyone else.

  2. Control of speed
    All skiers/snowboarders must be in control. They must adapt their speed and style of skiing or boarding according to ability and to the terrain, snow and weather conditions as well as the traffic density.

  3. Choice of route
    All skiers/snowboarders coming from behind must choose their route in such a way that they do not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.

  4. Overtaking
    All skiers/snowboarders may overtake from above or below and from right or left, but must always leave enough distance to allow the overtaken skier or snowboarder room to move.

  5. Entering, starting and moving uphill
    Any skier or snowboarder who wants to enter a marked slope, start again after a stop, or swing uphill, has to make sure that they can do so without danger to themselves and others.

  6. Stopping
    All skiers and snowboarders must avoid the need to stop on the piste in narrow places or where sight is restricted. A fallen skier or snowboarder must vacate such a place as soon as possible.

  7. Climbing and descending on foot
    All skiers or snowboarders whether climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.

  8. Observe the signs
    All skiers and snowboarders must observe the markings and signs.

  9. Assistance
    In the case of accidents, every skier and snowboarder is obliged to provide assistance.

  10. Identification
    Every skier and snowboarder, whether a witness or a responsible party, whether liable or not, must provide personal details following an accident.

Safety is our top priority,

therefore we have published a new textbook "Alpine Sicherheit" in cooperation with the Tiroler Landesregierung (Avalanche Commission Issues).
It covers all avalanche matters and important guiding aspects as well as the latest knowledge on rescue management.

Order "Alpine Sicherheit"