Snow sports and respect

Respecting Wildlife in the natural outdoors

Winter is the hardest time of year for wild animals. Snow, cold weather and lack of food mean they need to do all they can to save energy. When black grouse, chamois, etc. are disturbed by humans during their winter resting period, they use up a lot of energy fleeing – and this is energy they need in order to survive. If disturbed repeatedly, they lose too much energy and may fall ill or even die.

Take account of the wildlife and plan your tour according to the following four rules:

  1. Respect designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves. They provide wild animals with an undisturbed habitat.
  2. Stay on paths and designated routes in the forest. This allows wild animals to adjust to the presence of humans.
  3. Avoid forest edges and snow-free surfaces: this is where wild animals like to be best.
  4. Keep your dog on a lead, particularly in the forest: wild animals run away from dogs running free.

Protected areas

Designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves have been established by the authorities in order to protect wildlife and forest. These areas differ in legal status (legally protected or recommended), protection regulations and period of protection.

In addition to the information on the interactive map  and on the snowshoeing and ski tour maps from swisstopo, please follow carefully the information boards and signs on the ground.


 «Winterruhe von Wildtieren».


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