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Mountain Safety

Updated: Feb 12

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.

When checking the weather, please also check the "animations, hazards, sport and snow health" on MeteoSwiss.

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 and safe 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. Having a first aid kit is essential whenever in the mountain regions.

4. Rock falls and avalanches

Be aware of rock falls, avalanches and the elements, which all posses potential dangers.

5. Check with knowledgable staff

Chair lift operators, tourist offices and hotel staff are great resources to ask whenever you may be in doubt. They are typically aware of trail closures, weather and areas to avoid due to safety concerns.

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. Bring all of the necessary supplies

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.

Knowing the local emergency numbers is important, as well as knowing where the nearest hospital is in your area. For a fabulous app that includes all of the above, download echosos

Swiss Emergency Numbers:

Emergency: 144

Fire: 118

Police: 117

Rega: 1414

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!

Final Tip:

If you are new to Switzerland, visiting or just out for fun, stick to an easy path! It's never advised to embark on a journey that if beyond your skill level. Make it memorable, not stressful!

If you need inspiration and all the details of where to go, what to bring, GPX files, safety tips, resources and more, we include all of those pertinent details in our books. Our three books are the perfect travel companions for your Swiss adventures.


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