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It looks effortless and elegant when professionals swing through deep snow and etch their own trails somewhere in the open terrain. There is a special attraction to skiing in open terrain which is drawing a growing crowd of followers. Open-terrain skiing is not so much about challenge and excitement, but about peace and serenity and the magic spell of the winter landscapes.
And since you usually venture into open terrain in small groups, this form of skiing becomes a special team-building experience.
Open terrain skiing is practiced in three different forms:
For a region of such small size, Vorarlberg offers plenty of variation for off-piste skiing. The main ski areas lie above 1,800m, i.e. above the treeline. This is important to remember in terms of nature conservation, since skiing forests in winter may harm the trees and disrupt the animals. Respect Your Limits is an awareness-raising campaign calling on all skiers in open terrain to exercise self-responsibility and be considerate in nature.
Winter in Vorarlberg 2014/15