Verified Length of Runs

Now a new ‘Seal of Approval’ has been introduced by Christoph Schrahe. This offers a fair and worldwide standard of measuring ski areas.


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Why a Seal of Approval?

Ski areas that hold the Seal of Approval "Verified Length of runs" have a proof that they communicate to customers what they actually have.


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We are guided by the criteria of FIANET the international ski resorts association. For measuring your ski area’s length of runs, the length is measured precisely down the middle of each run with an equal distance between the left and right sides of the ski run. All groomed pistes and catwalks as well as marked ‘off piste ski routes’ are included.


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38 ski areas in seven countries and more than 2,000 km of runs certified!

As of March 2018 a total of 38 ski areas in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Greece and the United States use the seal of approval for 'Verified Length of Runs', thus ensuring greater transparency and customer-friendliness in the winter sports industry. Taken together, the resorts certified from winter 2018/19 have a total of around 18.0 million skier visits. These guests see the seal on trailmaps and information boards in the respective ski areas. Moreover there are the visitors to the websites of the respective resorts on which the seal is also present. Become part of the growing number of ski areas that rely on honest communication instead of exaggerating marketing promises!

Divergence of communicated length of runs
from reality (Alps – entire territory, July 2015).

The Seal of Approval

Thanks to the seal "Verified Length of runs" for the first time ski areas have the chance to have their actual length of runs verified by a credible and independent authority.

In order to be awarded the "Verified Length of runs" label, the length of all snowsports runs including pistes and ski routes is measured based on the centerline of the slopes, ie along a line that always runs in the middle between the left and right edge of the piste or ski route.

Background: In January 2013 Christoph Schrahe revealed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper that many ski resorts advertise themselves by claiming more piste kilometres than they actually have, the story went ‘viral’ and struck a chord with ski publiucations in many countries. . Since then his name stands for competence in measuring piste length.

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Your Seal "Verified Length of Runs"

Are you interested to obtain the Seal of Approval ‚Verified Length of Runs’?
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Latest news

First Canadian resort gets a seal for verified length of runs

For the 2019/20 season Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia will introduce the seal of approval for 'verified length of runs'.

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Verified Length of Runs now also in France and Italy

From the 2018/19 season the international ski area of Espace San Bernardo will use the seal of approval for 'verified length of runs'.

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Ski Area Management states that 'Size Matters'

The renowned special interest magazine Ski Area Management reports in its September issue in detail on the length of runs and the respective seal of approval.

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First North American ski areas certified!

Instead of using skiable acres the first American ski areas use the length of their runs for marketing purposes in Europe - verrified by the sealof approvale 'Verified Length of Runs'.

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Largest ski area in Greece on board

Featuring 37 km of runs, Parnassos Ski Center is the largest ski area in Greece. Proven by the seal 'Verified length of Runs' for the upcoming winter 2016/17.

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Wintersport-Arena to become Germany's first certified ski region

Seven ski areas in the Sauerland mountains of Northwestern Germany offer the Wintersport-Arena Card as a common lift ticket. Now the length of their runs have been certified.

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Shuttleberg with verified length of runs as of 2016/17 season

The ski area between Flachauwinkl and Kleinarl expands to 40 kilometers of runs – verified by the Seal of Aprroval ‚Verified length of runs‘.

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Business media report about Seal of approval

The world-renowned industry barometer, the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism and the magazine Mountain Manager report on the seal of approval ‘Verified length of Runs’.

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Ski amadé gets seal of approval ‘Verified Length of Runs’

The ski region in Salzburg and Styria offers 760 kilometers of runs - which is now confirmed. Ski amadé is the third Austrian ski region to receive the new seal.

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Verified resorts

Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang are situated in the western part of the Salzburger Land and belongs to most well known holiday resorts in the Austrian Alps. For the 2015/16 season it will be linked by lifts and runs to the resort of Fieberbrunn which has has already been a well known Freeride-Spot. Thanks to this new connection skiers can look forward to experiencing 270 kilometres of runs for all levels of experience.

Kitzbühel and Skiing. The connection is timeless and legendary. Since 1893, here at the foot of the Hahnenkamm skiing has taken place in Kitzbühel. Every year the world-famous "Streif" gets the most attention of all races within the Alpine Skiing Worldcup. KitzSki encompasses three separate ski areas: The largest reaches from Kitzbühel towards Hahnenkamm, Kirchberg, Aschau, Jochberg-Resterhöhe, Pass Thurn and Hollersbach. The second one is the Kitzbüheler Horn and the third the recently reopened Bichlalm.

The Pizol is a mountain in the Glarus Alps, overlooking Wangs in the canton of St. Gallen. At 2,844 metres above sea level, it is the highest summit of the chain separating the valleys of the Seez and the Tamina rivers, and the highest mountain lying entirely within the canton of St. Gallen.

Austria‘s largest ski paradise Ski amadé, boasting 5 top ski resorts across 25 villages 270 modern lifts and 760 snow-sure pistes, is waiting for you, all available on just one ski pass.

The Shuttleberg Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl will expand its terrain for the 2016/17 season and use the seal of approval 'Verified Length of Runs' for its 40 km of runs between the two villages in the Salzburger Land.

More ski areas in Germany and the USA are currently being certified, totalling around 800 km of runs. More details will follow soon.