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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = piste
Snowshoe trail.jpg
Route of a piste of various winter sports.
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

route=piste is used to map a marked piste of various winter sports. It can be applied to way Way, area Area and relation Relation.

The piste as way

In the simplest case, the piste can be drawn with a way Way. Then add the following:

The piste as area

If you want to draw the piste as a area Area, add the following:

Example: opensnowmap.org

The piste as relation

If the piste is composed of several segments, e.g. Sections that are in the summer ways or paths, a relation can be used.

Create a Relation:route with the property route=piste. Add the segments as members.


Members of the Relation:route of a piste may have (among others) the following roles:

Way, Area or Node Role Recurrence? Comment
Way Area (blank) zero or more the ways making up the route.
Way Area forward/backward zero or more if a piste should only be followed in one direction for some or all of its length, the "role" can indicate this for some or all of the constituent ways. "forward" means the route follows this way only in the direction of the way and "backward" means the route runs only against the direction of the way.
Way Area link zero or more a way for the sole purpose of linking this route to the rest of a the network but not a primary part of this route itself.
Way Area shortcut/variant zero or more shortcuts and variants
Node start zero or more entry points

Tags to use in combination

Key Value Comment
type route (mandatory relation only)
route piste (mandatory)
piste:type downhill, nordic, sled, hike, snow_park etc. type of piste (mandatory)
piste:difficulty novice, easy, intermediate, advanced etc. difficulty of a ski run, including downhill, nordic
piste:grooming classic, mogul, skating, scooter etc. define how a piste is prepared
name name name of the piste
ref number reference code for the piste
operator name organisation that is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the route
network name name of the network of routes of which this one is part
description text brief additional information to assist someone intending to ski the route
distance number official length of the complete route
colour colour colour normally associated with the route when presented on a map
symbol text textual description
osmc:symbol Code machine readable description
website url url of a website with additional information

Tags for the associated ways

These tags (among others) are properties of the underlying ways (i.e. elements of the relation) and thus should be applied to the ways and not to the relation:



Longer pistes often consist of multiple different (snow covered) ways that have various types, surfaces and uses in summer time. In some cases, the same way is shared by multiple pistes. In almost all cases, every underlying way has a different name than the piste. A Relation:route can be used to combine all relevant ways into a continuous route for the piste.

There is already the tag route=ski, but its use is limited to pistes with piste:type=nordic/downhill. Of course routes of other piste types like snowshoe trails, sledding pistes, or ski tours could be tagged with separate new route tags, e.g. route=snowshoe, route=sled, and route=skitour. However the use of route=piste for all of them is simpler, more logical and consistent with the Piste Maps Proposal, which proposes to use the key piste:type=* for all of them.


See also