Correct behavior and help in an emergency in the Tyrolean mountains
Safety on the mountains
Maintaining proper conduct up in the mountains is vital to ensure your safety and that of others. Caution and respect are the order of a day on the mountain. It’s crucial to show respect, both in relation to other hikers and nature itself, where you can recharge your batteries in the open air.
If we all keep to a few basic rules, co-existence on the mountain is perfectly possible and everyone can enjoy the mountains in his or her own way:
- Stay whenever possible on the marked paths
- Always close gates
- Do not leave any rubbish behind
- Behave with consideration towards other “nature users”
- Respect conservation areas, closures and the like
- Do not enter any areas used for agricultural purposes during the growing season
Read on to have a good feeling up in the mountains an prevent accidents during your holiday.
Mountain sports recommendations of the Austrian Alpine Club for summer
In general, there are no restrictions on the hiking and bike trails. However, we ask you to show respect to other people and watch out for each other. The region has more than 500 km of hiking trails and loads of hiking trails. Maintaining distance should not be a problem.
If you encounter other hikers or bikers, please keep a safe distance of at least 2 metre. So you protect yourself and others.
The Alpine Clubs of Austria (VAVÖ, Verband alpiner Vereine Österreichs) has developed recommendations for the practice of alpine sports in COVID-19 times (last update 17 February 2021):
1. Only healthy in the mountains
Consider the risk of an infection for other people as well as the high level of risk during rescue operations.
2. Keep a distance of at least 2 metres
When practicing sports, the law requires that you must keep a distance of 2 metres to non-household members. For a short time, the required distance may be lower during necessary assistance.
3. Mountain sports only in small groups (max. 4 adults)
Currently, sports may only be practiced with max. four people of two different households as well as max. six minors. Practicing sports together is only allowed from 6am to 8pm and by maintain a safety distance of 2 metres. Practicing sports with a person from the same household, your husband/wife, a single family member or single important reference person is allowed at any time and without keeping distance.
4. Avoid habitual rituals
For example, shaking hands, hugs, summit kiss, offering drinking bottles to others, etc.
5. Observe the hygiene measures
Wash or disinfect your hands regularly, especially if sport equipment is used by several people. Carry a mount-and-nose protection and disinfectants with you in your backpack.
6. First aid
Act as a first aider according to the generally applicable first aid guidelines and additionally wear a mouth-and-nose mask and disposable gloves.
7. Sharing a ride with max. 2 people per row of seats
Sharing a ride with non-household members: only two people are allowed to sit next to each other, and they have to wear a FFP2 mask. Keeping a safety distance of 2 metres and wearing a FFP2 mask on public transport is compulsory.
8. Outdoor sport facilities
You are only allowed to access sport facilities for practicing sports without physical contact. This includes, for example, outdoor climbing. Observe local regulations and closures.
Mind the cows
Austria’s farmers make an important contribution to preserving our alpine countryside. As a visitor you can show your appreciation for the countryside by behaving appropriately and with respect. Following these ten simple rules will ensure you have a memorable experience, while keeping everyone’s best interests on mountain pastures and meadows in mind.
Rules of conduct - biking in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
MTB riders will find plenty of space to challenge them in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis region. If you like your riding relatively gentle, pick one of the many bike trails. For a more challenging ride, head to single trails of the Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. To ensure it’s all smiles and no tears, there are a few rules of conduct to abide by. Let’s hit the trails! Together we can enjoy a great and above all safe alpine summer on two wheels!
Emergency app "SOS EU ALP"
The app is intendee for all those nature lovers and amateur athletes in Tirol who like to move in the open air and in the mountains and have a smart phone with iOS or Android.
This is the only emergency app that is connected directly to the control center Tirol.
The main functions in an emergency include:
- Automatic transmission of personal and location data (GPS coordinates) to the control center Tirol via the internet or SMS.
- Establishing a telephone connection to the control center Tirol.
Mountain hiking is usually a pretty safe sport and emergency cases are highly rare. But still, you can not preclude happenings such as sudden health problems or getting into bad weather or thunder storms, where you might need immidiate help.
The SOS-system for mountain hikers in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis rests on two columns. Column number one is the hiking map, which you can find inside of the hiking guide. In this map you will find all important signposts with the related numbers. The second column is the SOS-signpost in the terrain itself, on which emergency signs got affixed this spring.
The whole region contains about 500 of these signs, which are provided with green-white labels. These signs show the number of the signposts, the telephone number of the mountain rescue service and the telephone number of the international rescue service, the map datum, the GPScoordinates and the current height above the sea level.
If an emergency situation appears, you can dial the emergency number with your cellphone and give out information about the GPS-coordinates and the map datum (for example: WGS 84). This allows them to find your current position with centimetre precision and the rescue service does not loose any time by searching for an inaccurate declared position.