The ban on skiers walking around in ski boots at the Austrian ski village Ischgl begins at 8pm and anyone caught will face fines up to €2,000 ($2119). The Telegraph reports the edict was issued by the Mayor’s office this week and subsequently posted on the ski resort’s Facebook page. Excerpts below:
“We would like to inform you that from November 20 to May 5 walking in hard-soled footwear (eg ski boots or similar plastic soles) and carrying skis, ski sticks or snowboards will be prohibited on all of the routes and squares in the centre of Ischgl between the evening and night-time hours of 20:00 to 6:00.
In the past, passers-by carrying ski equipment during the evening or night-time have presented a danger to themselves or others e.g. by falling or carrying skis on their shoulders. Walking with hard-soled footwear also creates a noise on the tarmac and cobbled street and this can disturb people’s sleep.
We are sure that these measures will enable you to enjoy an even more high quality break. We wish you a care-free and unforgettable time in our holiday paradise!”
Here is the full statement as posted by the resorts Facebook page:
The resort has a reputation for their raucous apres scene. I wonder if this lady’s boots fall under the hard-soled footwear restrictions. This is at the popular apres destination located inside Hotel Madlein at the base of Ischgl: