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Off piste

Off piste

Usually the terms "backcountry skiing", "ski touring", and "off-piste skiing" are used interchangeably, but they are different in scope. In North America is more common to use "Backcountry skiing", whereas in Europe is more common to use "ski touring", although usually the distinctions are ignored.

The term "Off-piste" skiing usually refer to any skiing a few metres away from marked trails and slopes, whereas "backcountry" skiing always refers to skiing which is not near marked slopes at all, or cannot be accessed by ski-lifts, or some times can also involve multi-day trips through snow camping or the use of mountain huts where available.

In general, Backcountry Skiing is a term used for all kinds of Skiing which are done in the wild, where there are no lifts, no pistes, no lodges, no patrols, nor other comforts.

Off piste Guideline

  • Learn much-needed Off piste skills by hiring a guide, taking formal lessons, or being in the company of experienced backcountry skiers.

  • Before start the journey, be sure of mastering your standard Skiing Techniques and that you can perform the advanced skills such as avoiding obstacles and mountain rescue.

  • Try to make runs through the trees and practice your last moment turning skills but make sure you know the route you are going take. Do not make these runs alone. Take an experienced skier with you to help you in the worst case.

  • After you are comfortable with backcountry routes, you can start planning your own routes. For this, you have to choose ski routes that are fit for your ski level.

  • Get informed about avalanche conditions such as assessment, avoidance, and rescue. Have an understanding of what causes avalanches and in what conditions they happen to take measures.

  • Do not be caught in an avalanche. Seek out avoidance routes and ask backcountry skiers for information. Make use of information resources especially local sources and avalanche forecasts.

  • Make sure to bring enough gear and supplies that can help you beat severe weather changes. Also bring extra clothes, food, first aid kit, map and compass, knife, some matches and fire starter, whistle and mirror, but make sure they are light to carry.

  • Inform others about you think to do. Tell others where you plan to go to practice Ski Off-piste and the time you will return.

  • Never travel alone. This because of potentially severe weather and avalanche conditions.