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Bavarian Forest National Park in winter

Nature-compatible ski, freeride and snowshoe routes

No question: Touring through the untouched snowy landscape is a lot of fun and for many winter sports enthusiasts more popular than ever at the moment. However, nature finds itself in a very fragile state during the winter months. Therefore, we ask you to follow a few simple rules so that flora and fauna are not disturbed by your presence.

Respect the environment

In recent years, ski and snowshoe routes are becoming more and more popular. As a result, winter sports regions are starting to become crowded even off the ski slopes – and the places of retreat for native wildlife are dwindling.

Various campaigns by the Alpine clubs are therefore advocating the use of compatible, environmentally friendly routes and avoiding certain areas completely or partially.

There are plenty of campaigns running all over the world that encourage people to treat their surroundings respectful but still, following those rules is currently only voluntary. to keep it that way, we kindly ask you to follow the guidelines that will definitely not restrict your adventure.

Tips for nature-compatible winter adventures

  • Follow the official route recommendations, markings and hints. They have been developed by winter sports enthusiasts, biologists, foresters and hunters and aim to keep the impact of winter sports on nature within reasonable limits.

  • Respect protected and sanctuary areas for plants and animals and avoid making noise.

  • Pay attention to special habitats of wild animals and avoid them if possible. Observe animals only from a distance, avoid feeding areas and keep your dog on a leash.

  • Avoid peaks and ridges before 10 am and after 4 pm. This allows animals to prepare themselves for a time when they might encounter humans.

  • Stay inside and at the edge of the forest on common ski routes, forest tracks and hiking trails. Protect the vegetation by avoiding reforestation areas.

  • Try to reach the starting point of your route in an environmentally friendly way (e.g., by public transport or carpooling). Use the designated parking areas.
  • Do not leave any of your waste behind; take it back home with you or dispose of it at a designated place.

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