The Italian region of Piedmont recently introduced a new law, that supercedes the general one of only requiring safety gear (transceiver etc) when there was a clear risk of avalanche.
Local Piedmont law now makes it illegal to ski off-piste at any time without beacon, probe, shovel etc. Anyone skiing or boarding outside of the marked and controlled slopes must also carry the correct equipment or risk a 40 to 250 euro fine.
This isn’t unreasonable for those heading on off-piste adventures (and most sensible folk carry such stuff anyway), but…seeing as the regulations appear to include ski routes and between-the-pistes - it looks like we risk insurance problems if we don’t carry them and subsequently have an accident, and it poses problems of folk heading out equipped but without a clue how to use the gear.
And I wonder how well the resorts will ensure that visitors know the rules…
What do others think?