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Cross-country ski track rescue service

Alpine emergency number:
Tel. 140 (no dialling code required; can be reached via mobile phone)
EU emergency number:
Tel. 112 (no dialling code required; can be reached via mobile phone)
Alpine distress signal    
A repeated signal, given 6 times at regular intervals within the space of one minute. The signal can be audible (e.g. shouting or whistling) or visible (e.g. waving a white cloth or flashing a torch). The signalling procedure should be constantly repeated with one-minute breaks in between.

Boasting no fewer than 245 km of superb cross-country ski tracks, the Region Seefeld is not only a paradise for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, it is also considered the centre for Nordic sports in the Alps. With its pilot project ‘Cross-Country Ski Track Rescue’, the Region Seefeld is investing even more intensively in the field of safety. During the 2013/2014 winter season, the foundations were laid for this unique project – the only one of its kind in Austria – and those involved gained valuable first-hand experience.

This up-to-the-minute form of rescue for cross-country skiers is the result of an initiative of the Seefeld-based ‘Cross Country Academy’. Based on experience gained during the first two years, a concept for a professional rescue service for cross-country skiers was drawn up under the direction of the Seefeld Tourism Association in close collaboration with key partners such as the Tyrolean emergency services headquarters and the ÖAMTC air rescue service. In addition, the local voluntary mountain rescue services based in Telfs, Leutasch and Scharnitz and the Seefeld ambulance service are also involved.

The cross-country ski track rescue team members, all local, professional cross-country ski instructors trained in emergency first-aid and operational procedures, are digitally alerted via the Tyrolean emergency services headquarters and are coordinated from there, too. During official track opening hours a team is on permanent stand-by, ensuring fast rescue services in the case of an emergency. In addition, a special collaboration has been established with the ÖAMTC air rescue services should the need for an emergency physician and/or even faster transport arise.

Thanks to this innovative project and its state-of-the-art resources, injured cross-country athletes receive professional help in the shortest of time. The time required to put rescue operations into action has already been halved. The rescue team members – up to 20 Cross Country Academy cross-country ski instructors are on standby during the high season – can react quickly and flexibly in the case of an emergency. The Region Seefeld Tourism Association, therefore, now offers not only immaculately groomed tracks, but also an effective, state-of-the-art rescue system.


Mountain Rescue
Mountain Rescue Leutasch
Mountain Rescue Scharnitz
Mountain Rescue Telfs
Mountain Rescue Innsbruck City
Regional Mountain Rescue Association, Tyrol

Red Cross Emergency Services
District Office Innsbruck Area

Air Rescue
Christophorus 1 - Innsbruck

Alpine Police
Air Police
Tyrolean Avalanche Warning Service
Severe Weather Warning Service
Emergency Services Headquarters, Tyrol
Austrian Alpine Safety Board