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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = ski
Langlauf Loipe.jpg
A nordic or alpine ski route - see also the approved tag route=piste Edit or translate this description.
Group: Route
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
See also
Status: in use


route=ski used to specify a nordic (cross-country) or alpine (downhill) skiing route, usually with a Relation:route.

The approved tag route=piste was intended to replace this tag, but both are still in use.

See also


Longer skiing routes consist of multiple different ways (in many cases, but not neccessarily highway=path). In some cases, same way is shared by multiple routes. In almost all cases, every underlying way has different name than the route. The route relation is used to combine all relevant ways into continuous route.


Members of the route-relation may have (among others) the following roles:

Way or Node Role Recurrence? Discussion
way <empty> ? 0+ the ways making up the route.
way role:link ? 0+ 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 role:shortcut ? 0+ shortcuts
node role:start ? 0+ entry points

Additional tags

The following tags should be used:



  • name=* - name
  • ref=* - reference number
  • operator=*
  • network=* - name of the network (local/regional/national and so on makes no sense here)
  • description=*
  • distance=* - the official length of the complete route
  • lanes=* - number of classic xc lanes
  • colour=* - HTML colour code
  • website=* - url of a website especially with infomation about actual snow conditions

For the following tags see also Proposed_features/Piste_Maps#Pistes:

For the following tags see also Walking_Routes: