Even though a voting never took place, this feature has been accepted by the community. In Europe over 9 000 objects are tagged with these features.
This proposal is for a whole set of tags to describe piste maps. Formerly there were few possibilities to map a ski resort. (Few) Information is given here: WikiProject Piste Maps, Key:aerialway. JOSM already supports parts of the proposed features here, like the piste:difficulty or aerialway=station.
In winter 2005/2006 some tracks were recorded and piste maps were tagged. This proposal builds on that experience but takes into account the development of new additional techniques (such as areas) since then.
Piste map-specific tags use the
piste: namespace to avoid conflicts with similar tags used in other contexts (e.g., capacity, speed, classification). The term comes from the French word for track or trail and means a marked path or run down a mountain.
- Split gondola off as a new value, distinct from cable_car.
- Split aerialway=drag_lift into several typically used types of surface lifts. All these can be considered aerialways due to the aerial cable, even though the stay on the ground. aerialway=magic_carpet isn't an aerialway at all, but it fits better here than creating a new tag for it. This means, that old aerialway=drag_lift tags are deprecated and should be changed.
- additionally add a pylon node value.
- add several attributes which aerialways may have.
The resulting set of values would be as follows:
|aerialway||cable_car||A. Just one or two large cars. The cable forms a loop, but the cars reciprocate as opposed to looping around.|
|gondola||A. Many cars on a looped cable.|
|chair_lift||A oneway=yes; where passengers can be carried in the reverse direction, tag with oneway=no.. Looped cable with a series of single chairs or benches, exposed to the open air. Implies|
|mixed_lift||A mixed lift, containing both gondolas and chairs.|
|t-bar||A oneway=yes and aerialway:occupancy=2.. Implies|
|j-bar||A J-bar lift, like T-bar but just on one side. Implies oneway=yes and aerialway:occupancy=1.|
|platter||oneway=yes and aerialway:occupancy=1. In discussion whether a platter lift is an aerialway or not. Alternate tag piste:lift=platter can be used instead., similar to a J-bar, but with a disc instead of a bar. Single-person only. Implies|
|rope_tow||A oneway=yes.. Implies|
|magic_carpet||A oneway=yes.. Implies|
|pylon||Supporting tower for an aerialway. May be numbered with ref=*.|
|station||For stations, especially in the middle of a way.||●|
Railways going up a hill are discussed and proposed separately: railway=incline.
The start and end nodes of a way tagged as a piste:lift are assumed to be a station. These nodes may have their elevation documented with ele=*. Additional information should be tagged on the way (of the lift). Access may also depend on transport type(ski/foot/bicycle/?):
|aerialway:occupancy||People in each carriage (car, chair, etc.); numeric.||Platter, j-bar and rope_tow implies aerialway:occupancy=1 and T-bar implies aerialway:occupancy=2.|
|aerialway:capacity||People per hour; numeric.||piste:lift:capacity=2600|
|aerialway:duration||Minutes; numeric.||Average/typical time for journey on that lift.|
|aerialway:bubble||yes/no (default)||If each carriage has a (retractable) transparent cover to provide weather protection.|
|aerialway:heating||yes/no (default)||If each carriage has heating.|
|aerialway:bicycle||yes/summer/no||If bicycles are allowed in carriages: all year round; in summer, or not at all. By default, cablecar, gondola, and mixed_lift imply yes, and chairlifts, t-bars imply no.|
The access allowed to carriages at this node, entry means it is possible to board the lift here, exit means it is possible to disembark, both means both are possible (often the case for gondolas and cable-cars), and no means neither are possible (useful for beginning and ending nodes if the implicit assumption of being an entry or exit station is incorrect). Add :summer or :winter subkeys where seasonal rules apply (often in winter only ascending is allowed).
|aerialway:summer:access||entry/exit/both/no||The access as above, but only during "summer". Similarly for "winter". Use no in all stations if the aerialway is not operated at all.|
This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.
A piste may be a route through a variety of different terrains. It might consist of a meadow or a mountain road or part of a glacier. Therefore piste mapping has two levels.
- Underlying elements: meadow, mountain road, part of glacier, etc. These might be defined as ways or areas . When using areas, it is usually best practice to map pistes with both areas and ways (in analogy to what is done with rivers and riverbanks). The way is useful for e.g. routing applications, while the area provides further details as to the actual surface occupied by the piste.
- The underlying elements are grouped together by a relation route=piste. Please notice that only ways can be members of a route=* relation.
In this way one piste can consist of multiple elements and one element (road, etc.) can belong to several pistes (relations).
Survey of some piste types like Nordic or skitour leave considerable freedom of judgement to the mapper of what a Nordic/skitour is. It is suggested to tag recommended routes by some tourism authority and pistes used by many people during a season. But do not add pistes that are only used by very few people (e.g only yourself), or that are dangerous (avalanche, etc.). Keep in mind that adding a piste is a recommendation to other people for using the piste.
The piste:type tag can be used on any existing or new way. Specifically it is very useful for marking a piste that uses an existing way, like for example a track. This is very useful (e.g., in the Alps) where forestry tracks can be used in Winter for hiking, sledding, skitouring and Nordic skiing.
|piste:type||downhill||An alpine/downhill ski route. ways should be use for trails connecting the routes. This automatically implies oneway=yes. The direction of the way should be the downhill direction.|
|nordic||A Nordic/cross country ski trail (also see #Style or kind of grooming). The direction of the way should be the preferred/compulsory skiing direction (see piste:oneway below). Nordic pistes are circular ways if the first and the last point are the same and cannot be rendered as areas. Currently implemented in this way by Osmarender.|
|skitour||A recommended ski tour way or area that is generally used by many skiers during a season for the purpose of a Nordic ascent and a downhill descent in the backcountry. Generally the descent is recommended near the ascent route for safety and terrain judgement and the descent is not mapped. To map an alternate descent, use piste:type=downhill with piste:grooming=backcountry. Implies piste:grooming=backcountry. Also defined in. Rendered as area if first and last point are the same. If a circular way is needed, do not close the way (first and last point is not exactly the same).|
|sled||Use this tag exclusively for a sledding piste (AKA toboggan hill) or add this tag to a way or tack that is prepared for or commonly used by sleds to go downhill. Sleds are smaller vehicles that are pulled by a human or propelled only by gravity. Use piste:oneway=yes if the piste has a do not walk uphill sign. If the way is used also for ascending to the top (e.g., by foot) use piste:oneway=no. The combination with piste:lit=yes indicates sledding tracks with lighting that is only turned on in winter. Implied grooming is piste:grooming=classic for natural luge track grooming, but alternatively one can use piste:grooming=backcountry for ungroomed or badly groomed trails.|
|hike||A piste for Nordic walking or hiking in winter (Winterwanderweg) that is usually announced by a tourism authority. A classic groomed piste (piste:grooming=classic) can be hiked with simple boots or can be used for running (default if grooming is absent). A piste:grooming=backcountry groomed piste requires snow shoes.|
|sleigh||A piste exclusively for not self propelled sleighs. This might be horse/husky drawn sleighs (Santa Claus style). Definition: A sleigh is typically a partially enclosed vehicle with seats for passengers that is drawn by animals and slides on runners.|
|ice_skate||A piste exclusively for ice skating.|
|snow_park||A funpark with rails, quarter pipes, etc.|
|playground||A ski playground is a designated location which has been developed or set up to assist children to learn to ski naturally, and which provides a variety of skiing discoveries.|
|ski_jump||See Proposed features/Ski Jumping!|
|man_made||piste:halfpipe||A halfpipe. This automatically implies oneway=yes.|
Frequently groomed Nordic tracks are dual (ab)used as hiking tracks and sledding tracks for skitouring and hiking. Some of these uses are unofficial. Currently there is no qualified way to tag dual use pistes.
Note: For showing signposting color of pistes (notably for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing), user may wants to use the Tag:route=piste with a key:colour, and keep the difficulty tag to give information on the actual difficulty of the way.
|Key||Value||US, Canada, and Oceania||Europe||Japan||Skitour: ||Nordic (crosscountry)|
|piste:difficulty||novice||"Bunny hill"||Green||L: inclination <30 degree, no sliding, soft hilly terrain, no narrow passages||Strictly flat terrain, no effort needed|
|easy||● Green circle||Blue (applies to Nordic, downhill, sled)||Green||WS: inclination 30–35 degree, short sliding areas, open terrain with short steep passages and easily avoidable obstacles, short narrow passages.||Soft hills, short steep sections|
|intermediate||■ Blue square||Red (applies to Nordic, downhill, sled)||Red||ZS: inclination 35–40 degree, longer sliding areas, terrain with steep passages that cannot be avoided, short narrow but steep passages.||Steep sections are present in the piste, or short narrow on average slopes. User gets away with sweat. Used for the relevant sections only|
|advanced||◆ Black diamond||Black (applies to Nordic, downhill, sled)||Black||S: inclination 40–45 degree, long sliding areas with scarps below (life danger!), steep terrain with many obstacles, long narrow passages (short swings still possible).||Steep sections are present in the piste, with narrow steep passages or sharp turns in steep passages, often icy pistes. Used for the relevant sections only.|
|expert||diamond ◆◆ Double black||Orange (Alps) Double black (Scandinavia)||SS: inclination 45–50 degree, long sliding areas with scarps below (life danger!), steep rocky terrain with many obstacles, narrow passages may require some crossjumps.||Steep sections are present in the piste, with narrow steep passages or sharp turns in steep passages, often icy pistes. Dangerous terrain surrounds the piste. Used for the relevant sections only.|
|freeride||(e.g., off-piste)||Yellow||AS: inclination 50–55 degree, very exposed terrain, no spot to rest during descent, narrow passages require many crossjumps.||Not relevant|
|extreme||Climbing equipment required||EX: inclination >55 degree, extremely exposed terrain, need to use ropes to go downhill.||Not relevant|
|piste:grooming||classic||Groomed for classic style Nordic or downhill skiing. If omitted for sledding runs (piste:type=sled) it implies groomed as "natural luge(sled) track".
Default value is assumed if piste:grooming is omitted.
|mogul||A piste:type=downhill groomed for .|
|skating||Groomed for free style or skating.||\/|
|Both classic and skating. (Note that classic+skating is not standard OSM notation.)|
|scooter||Classic style groomed by a smaller snowmobile, which means that the piste is often much looser and single lane.||!|
|backcountry||Off-piste cross-country skiing, often referred to as "backcountry touring", where tracks are made manually by skiers.
Use with marked, cleared, ungroomed ski trails.
Use with often used, ungroomed sledding trails.
Many providers of ski preparation data draw a line between tracks groomed by, and larger vehicles that produce cross-country ski-trails conforming to FIS standards (reference needed).
|piste:name||Name as a piste; text.||Any piste||Alternate name for the piste. Use as alternate name if the piste is a track or way that has a name already and has a different piste-name.||N/A||Rendered as name if no name tag exists; rendered by pistemap renderers only if name and piste:name exist.|
|piste:status||open/closed||Any piste||Use for pistes if they open for the season and set to closed during summer (this is most useful for single type pistes; e.g., sled). Use for live data feeds to OSM in the future. Do not use tag if data is guaranteed to incurrent (does not receive regular/live updates). There is no default.||N/A||Render always normally on general map. Summer sport specific maps may ignore closed pistes. Winter specific may use some special marking. Remember that data is probably only valid for some specific pistes that receive live updates.|
|piste:oneway||yes/no||If you tag a track or way as piste and the oneway specifically applies only if the way is used as piste during winter.|
|piste:certifications||List of certifications; text, comma separated.||Pistes that are certified for safety, grooming and quality by a local association. The seal of quality must be published by the association. The tag should be not present if no certifications exist.||N/A||Example: TRV Naturrodelbahngütesiegel 2009 ROT|
|piste:lit||yes||If you tag a track or way as piste and the lit specifically applies only if the way is used as piste during winter.||-o-||Semi-transparent yellow underneath?|
|lit||yes||Lit for night time skiing.||-o-||Semi-transparent yellow underneath?|
|piste:abandoned||yes||Former, now unofficial and unmaintained ski-trail.||:||Dashed version of current?|
|gladed||yes||Pistes with trees or entire areas of thinned-out trees||^||N/A?||Tree icons?|
|patrolled||no||Pistes that are not patrolled, though they may be marked and maintained||NP||The letters, NP||The letters, NP|
If a ski trail is ungroomed due to having no-one to groom it (e.g., a permanently-closed commercial ski area), abandoned=yes may be used. The difference between a backcountry, not groomed and abandoned may seem fuzzy: Important difference is that low vegetation can be expected, and lack of clearing could be due to issues with land owners.
Piste grooming priority
Grooming condition and priority: Ski-trails can be marked with piste:grooming:priority=1-5 to indicate the order in which they will be groomed.
As OSM is not directly suitable for live-ski-trail-condition monitoring, this will allow rendering maps that have a static way of depicting ski-trails that will be more likely to be in the best shape under less fortunate snow conditions. One example of a such map in Norway use different line widths for this.
Start counting from first priority and downwards. Assume the priority is relative within each area.
|Key||Value||Description: Expected grooming schedule|
|piste:grooming:priority||1||Daily, or nearly daily.|
|2||Daily if snowing. At least weekly, typically before every weekend.|
|3||Semi-weekly. Probably before weekends. Not when less snow, early/late in the season.|
|4||Every other week. May be three days or more after snow before groomed.|
|5||Only when lots of snow, or for events only.|
Snow production plants
- route=piste (has a wider range of values for piste:type=* consistent with the Piste Maps Proposal)
- Sled rental, rental=sled or amenity=sled_rental
- Ski rental, rental=ski or amenity=ski_rental
- A shop=ski may also offer ski:rental=* or snowboard:rental=*
- Ski school, building=yes and amenity=ski_school
- Ticket office, shop=ticket, or modify office=travel_agent proposal for general ticket sale
- Mountain restaurant, amenity=restaurant, and building=yes
- Mountain rescue and ski patrol, amenity=mountain_rescue
- Mountain hut/refuge/lean-to, amenity=shelter
- Bobsleigh track, sport=bobsleigh
- Piste maps/skiing maps, tourism=information, information=map, ski=yes
- Ski playgrounds, leisure=ski_playground