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Alpine skiing

Alpine skiing dates back more than one hundred years. Initially, it was primarily the reserve of military skiers from Alpine countries who monitored borders and activity within the mountains. Eventually climbers and skiers started to use the equipment which obviously suited the times – wooden skis "for cross-country, downhill and jumps", i.e. all in one. These had bindings with small metal clips at the rear of the boot and a movable heel to allow a fastening to be clamped to the ski for the downhill sections – otherwise known as Kandahars.

From April 2010 the KRNAP administration approved several Alpine ski routes on a trial basis. Further KRNAP decisions will be made on the basis of monitoring and compliance with the conditions set out in its general terms and in the KRNAP Visitor Regulations.

It is stressed that most of the routes contain some hazardous sections and, during poor weather, a simple excursion can become a struggle for survival. These are definitely not secure routes! In most cases, they are normal tourist routes in the summer, but in winter the situation can change drastically! Experience and familiarity with mountain conditions are essential, together with adequate equipment.

For information about the avalanche situation, weather and conditions, see the Mountain Rescue Service website

Basic Alpine ski equipment:

  • Skis with bindings to permit walking, optionally snowshoes or crampons
  • Sticks
  • Climbing strips; climbing irons for some routes
  • Helmet is recommended for downhill runs
  • Backpack with drink, snack and spare clothing
  • Orientation aids
  • First aid kit
  • Head lamp
  • Bivouac bag (primarily for securing a wounded companion or waiting out bad weather)

Essential avalanche equipment:

  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche probe
  • Shovel

Emergency phone numbers: 

+420 602 448 338
+420 499 433 230
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