The mountains are a remarkable playground offering countless hours of hiking, skiing, and outdoor exploration. While enjoying natural spaces is a great way to spend any day, it is imperative you prioritize safety before you go. Below are a few tips to help you have fun and remain safe whenever outdoors.
1. Know and check the weather forecasts.
This is imperative in the Alps, especially since weather can change frequently and it does.
2. Check passes if a pass is part of your route.
Passes can be dangerous especially after a heavy snow season, bad weather or extreme rain. Make sure the pass is clear before starting your journey.
3. Be prepared with a first aid kit.
You never know when you may need medical supplies while on the trail.
4. Be aware of rock falls, avalanches and the elements, which all posses potential dangers.
5. Chair lift operators, tourist offices and hotel staff are great resources to ask whenever you may be in doubt.
6. Never rely on cell reception in the mountains.
Instead, go old school and carry a map, know your route and follow trail markers. We do not recommend hiking/exploring along, however, if you do intend to adventure without others, always tell someone where you are going.
7. Carry what you need with you, which includes layers of clothing for changing weather, a hat, sunglasses, money, maps, a first aid kit, plenty of drinking water and of course, food. Don't forget your Rega Patron card and your wallet with all of the essentials.
8. Skip the photo and don’t put yourself at risk.
Sure you might get lots of likes on Instagram, but perching yourself in a precarious pose in a dangerous location simply isn’t worth it. If you must take a photo, position yourself in a safe location prior to snapping that image!
9. Know how to read trail markers!
Knowing how to read Swiss trail markers is essential for your safety. If you need a quick overview, please check out the following.
10. Have fun!
Switzerland is gorgeous beyond belief, so soak it all in, and make the most of this outdoor haven!