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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = piste
Snowshoe trail.jpg
Route of a piste (e.g. a snowshoe or a XC-Ski trail).
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal


A route relation with the subtype route=piste can be used to combine the way segments (for example roads, tracks, paths etc) that make up a piste used for down-hill skiing, snow-shoeing or XC-skiing. The exact type of this piste route is specified with piste:type=*.

Any particular way segment can be associated with zero, one or multiple relations of this type.


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.


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

Way, Area or Node Role Recurrence? Discussion
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 in Relation:route

Necessary Tags

  • type=route route relation
  • route=piste route relation of subtype piste
  • piste:type=* type of piste (downhill, nordic, sled, hike, snow_park etc.)

Optional Tags

  • name=* name of the piste (if it has one)
  • ref=number reference code for the piste
  • operator=* organisation that is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the route
  • network=* name of the network of routes of which this one is part
  • description=* brief additional information to assist someone intending to ski the route.
  • distance=number - official length of the complete route
  • colour=* - colour normally associated with the route when presented on a map
  • symbol=piste markings - textual description
  • osmc:symbol=* - machine readable description
  • website=* - url of a website with additional information (e.g. operator or actual snow conditions)

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:


See also



This relation scheme is used to show colors of XC ski pistes here: http://www.opensnowmap.org.