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Freeride at Bormio Ski. Rules of conduct when off-piste


Attention! The freeride areas are to be considered off-slope. Enter those areas at your own risk. Follow these simple rules of conduct to enter the freeride zones with more awareness and safety.

  1. Freeride is an extreme sport. This means it is only addressed  to expert skiers/snowboarders, adequately geared and prepared for self-rescue on avalanche.
  2. If you don’t know the two freeride zones we advise you to go with a mountain guide (tel. +39 348 8747912) or a ski instructor (tel. +39 0342/902183).
  3. Before you enter the off-piste area always check the avalanche bulletin which you will find on our website or on the maps situated at the starting point and arrival of the cableway Bormio-Bormio 2000. Remember that already with a level 3-considerable the risk of avalanche is possible and especially on drop off. Be careful and move with caution even when the danger level is 1 or 2. Travel strongly not recommended when the level is 4.
  4. Mandatory gear: freeride skis or snowboard, ARTVA, backpack, drill and shovel. Helmet is well-recommended! A very snowy area is only apparently safe. It can hide a lot of  hazardous like hidden rocks or trees. The ARTVA has to be worn with its case close to the body or in a pocket perfectly zipped up. Do not forget to do an ARTVA check in Bormio 2000 and be always well-trained with the use of ARTVA, drill and shovel.
  5. It is mandatory to re-enter the slopes only from the given trail as indicated on the maps. The freerider can’t ever re-enter the slopes out of the given trail.
  6. The person who enters the two freeride zones must take up his/her responsabilities which can derive from the pratice of this sport and discharge Società Impianti Bormio from any kind of responsability civil or criminal, as a consequence of  injuries or illnesses caused to himself/herself or to a third party within the freeride area.

Avalanche danger scale

- 1 –


Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely. Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain. Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
- 2 –


Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible. Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas. Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
- 3 –


Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely. Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas. Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.
- 4 –


Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely. Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas. Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.
- 5 –


Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain. Large to very large avalanches in many areas. Avoid all avalanche terrain.

 ARTVA CHECK situated in Bormio 2000 by the top station of the cableway Bormio-Bormio 2000!

artva check bormioPlace your avalanche beacon (or ARTVA) close to the device and a signal will confirm the correct functioning of the tool.


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