WHEN OPEN – SECURED AREAS WHICH ARE GREAT FOR DEVELOPING YOUR OFF-PISTE TECNIQUE
WHEN CLOSED – IDENTIFIED TO HAVE A HIGH RISKS OF AVALANCHE (OR OTHER HAZARD)
Marked “itinerary” runs are a phenomenon found in the Swiss Alps. These routes provide an excellent introduction to the world of off-piste skiing and allow skiers a great opportunity to develop skills in a relatively safe environment. Famous itinerary routes such as Tortin, Gentianes and the Vallon D’Arby have helped form Verbier’s reputation as a world class resort for off-piste enthusiasts.
Itineraries are officially designated off-piste routes, marked on the piste map as yellow lines, a single line of yellow poles in the snow marks the direction of an itinerary route. Itineraries are bounded 20m on each side of the yellow poles.
Itinerary routes are marked on the official piste maps, however they are not maintained, not controlled and intended for experienced users only. Although marked itinerary routes are avalanched controlled they should not be confused with marked pistes.
Source: Freeride Verbier book – Available from the Altitude office, Adrenaline Guides office, Verbier Tourism Office