Safety in the Alps

It is important to be adequately prepared for travelling, visiting, walking, skiing and undertaking any activity in the Australian Alps. Whether you are a seasoned visitor or visiting for the first time; just visiting for the day or a multi week expedition; driving in the Australian Alps for sight-seeing or a trip to the resorts for skiing or going backcountry walking, skiing or snowshoeing; undertaking tobogganing, snow play, building a snowman with the kids or planning a more adventurous overnight expedition to the summits. The Australian Alps presents many unique safety risks and hazards for the unaware or ill prepared.

The SnowSafe website is an excellent online resource of information and advice for anyone visiting the Australian Alps. The SnowSafe website has been published to provide essential information on how to enjoy the alpine environment in safety and comfort. Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable experience and these concepts are highlighted throughout this website. Snow Safety Inc, Australian Ski Patrol Association, and the Australian Ski Areas Association have worked together to produce this alpine safety information to make it easier for visitors to visit and enjoy alpine areas.

no-trace-3145-cmykVisitor Code

To ensure the Australian Alps remains a pristine area, please follow the code when visiting the Alps.
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Photo: Julian ThompsonWalking and skiing

Weather can change rapidly in the Alps. Please ensure you prepare before setting out on walks or go skiing.
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Photo: Esther BeatonCars

Driving in icy conditions can be difficult for even the most seasoned drivers. Make sure your vehicle is ready for adverse weather.
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Australian AlpsMaps

Know where you are at all times. Make sure you have up to date information and maps before setting out.
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Planning can make all the difference for a safe and enjoyable trip. Think about weather, equipment and safety.
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Whether walking, riding or driving, follow formed tracks at all times.
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Photo: R LuescherWater recreation

Take precautions in and around alpine waterways. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure you enjoy time in the Alps.
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