Off-Piste Ski Lessons

For many, the idea of escaping the crowds and disappearing off on an off-piste adventure is a dream come true. See the resort from a different perspective and ski in areas that even many locals don’t know about. Our off-piste ski lessons are run by a team of specialists within the Ski School. Each of them has had additional Avalanche Safety Training and have to demonstrate their knowledge of the Ski Area and terrain.

Level:

Off Piste Levels 1 – 3

Age Range

16 +

Lesson Length

3 – 6 hours

Activity

Off-Piste Ski Lessons

Category

Group or Private

Introduction

Off-Piste Skiing is an incredible experience. Escaping the crowds, seeing the resort from a different perspective and hopefully finding some incredible snow will create memories that last a lifetime. However, it is not without its risks and having the correct safety equipment and knowing how to use it is essential. Never ski off-piste alone.

Our Off-Piste group lessons are perfect if you are travelling alone or as part of a mixed level party and don’t have anyone to ski off-piste with. You can spend a half or full day with a team of a similar level before joining back up with your group. We can provide all the safety equipment if you need it and depending on your experience will spend some time showing you how to use it. We run group lessons right up to our Off-Piste level 3 standard and ski some serious terrain. These are definitely not just lessons for those new to off-piste skiing.

Private Off-Piste lessons are a great option if you are travelling in a larger group of similar abilities or having something very specific you want to work on. We will tailor the data around you and your friends, helping you tick a few items off the bucket list.

Levels

Our off-piste ski lessons are split into three levels. Whether you are heading off-piste for the first time or an experienced Alpinist we will have an option for you.

Please see our find your level page for more

  • Off-Piste Level 1
    I’m happy skiing or boarding on all pistes. I can link turns and stop safely on steep slopes. I’m physically fit and have a go-getter attitude. Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 5 weeks Off-Piste Experience: 0-3 weeks
  • Off-Piste Level 2
    I’m happy and confident skiing or snowboarding off-piste in moderate terrain. Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 10 weeks. Off-Piste Experience: Min. 3 weeks with a guide
  • Off-Piste Level 3
    I’m happy skiing or snowboarding off-piste in all conditions including steep terrain and narrow couloirs. I thoroughly understand off-piste safety procedures and have practised with avalanche safety equipment. Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 15 weeks. Off-Piste Experience: More than 6 weeks

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Top Tips

  • Off-Piste skiing can be more physically demanding than skiing on-piste. Both while skiing and accessing the terrain. Avoid heavy jackets and instead, use a layering system to allow for good temperature and moisture management.
  • A transceiver, shovel and probe are completely essential off-piste safety equipment. We will provide these to those that need them in our lessons but never ski off-piste without them.
  • If you are skiing off-piste without an instructor ensure you;
    • Have Avalanche Safety Equipment and know how to use it
    • Have Checked the latest Avalanche and Snow Reports
    • Are skiing with a group who also have and know how to use their avalanche safety equipment
    • Never follow tracks, unless you know the run yourself
    • Remember the mountains are not going anywhere. They will wait don’t worry about missing out.

Safety

First and foremost we want to ensure that you are safe during your time with us. All our groups are run by experienced Off-Piste instructors. All clients are required to wear a transceiver and carry a shovel and probe. We will check that these are working at the start of every lesson. It is impossible to guarantee certain terrain, peaks or runs ahead of time. The instructor will assess the conditions daily and work within the safety limitations they dictate. We will ski on terrain that will stretch but not exceed your ability.

Fun

We love skiing and being in the mountains. The opportunity to inspire and support others as they work towards their own goals makes our jobs incredibly rewarding. Everyone’s interpretation of fun is slightly different but for us in this context it is all about finding the best snow, skiing it with a like-minded team and escaping the crowds. We will look to push you towards the edge of your comfort zone and challenge your preconceptions of what is possible. However, our group lessons are not Type 2 Fun slogfests, we can arrange these but would need to deliver them in a private lesson.

Improvement

Behind the fun, we know that you want to build on your current ability and work towards your next goal. Our group lessons blend adventure and coaching while on the move. Our team will give you helpful hints and tips along the way but are not going to stop and do drills with you. It is rarely practical or safe. You will improve just through being in the lessons and building comfort and confidence in new terrain. However, if you have some really clear technical goals these may not be the courses for you. Taking your off-piste skiing to the next level often starts on piste, in the park and in race gates. We have specific programmes to help you become a weekend Freeride athlete.

Choose your Lesson Type

  • Off-Piste Group Lessons
  • 3 – 6 Hours
  • 2 – 6 per group
  • Bookable by the day
  • From 60
  • Private Off-Piste Lessons
  • 2 – 7 Hours
  • 1 – 6 per Lesson
  • Bookable by the day
  • From 175

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Off-Piste ski lessons FAQ’s

Private lessons for both skiing and snowboarding start at age 3. At age 4 your child can join a group ski lesson. We have snowboarding groups available from age 10.

Yes. All of our instructors speak good English, and all of our group lessons are delivered solely in English. If you have any other language requirements we can offer private lessons.

Our children’s groups have 2 – 8 pupils in each group, except for Whippersnappers – our tiniest learners – who have 2 – 6 per group.

For any children’s lessons run during non-peak weeks, all groups have 2 – 6 pupils each.

All children taking group lessons with New Gen must be suitably dressed.

  • Helmets are compulsory for all children.
  • Layers are advised so they can add or remove them if need be as children can get cold quickly.
  • The glare from the snow can be strong, even on cloudy days so make sure they are wearing sunglasses or goggles at all times and are wearing high SPF suncream on any exposed skin.
  • We also suggest you give them a snack and some money for a hot chocolate for lessons longer than 2hrs, as they will usually stop for a break.
  • Check they have their lift pass in a left hand pocket before you leave.

This is a tricky one as no two groups are the same and they progress at different rates. Poles normally come free with ski rental so we would advise that you take them even if they don’t use them. Whippersnappers will not need poles, but for all other groups your child’s instructor will be able to tell you if and when they might use them. It  is usual that beginners may not use poles in their initial lessons.

For children’s ski lessons longer than 2hrs long, we will usually stop for a break halfway through. We suggest you give your child some money to get a hot chocolate and pop a snack in their pocket in case they get hungry.

Our instructors are very used to teaching children’s ski lessons and realise that they can get tired or cold easily. They will take that into account when planning their lessons and in all lessons longer than 2 hours we incorporate a break for just this reason. If however the child or instructor feels that they are unable to continue with the lesson we will contact you and ask you to collect them. This is why we require a mobile contact for all parents whose children are taking lessons with us. So please make sure you carry your phone during the day.

We do our best during the booking process to ensure this doesn’t happen but if the instructor feels that your child is in the wrong group we will do our best to move them into a more suitable group for their size and ability. Every group is different and it is part of our instructor’s jobs to match the groups the best they can on ability. Do not worry if your child ends up in a different group to the one they started.

All children receive a certificate and badge at the end of week ceremony. We use the Snowlife award system, as recommended by BASI, and your child will be awarded a level based on the instructor’s assessment during the week.

Not necessarily. Kids naturally learn and progress at different speeds. How ‘physically literate’ kids are also can vary greatly. Adding to this that growth spurts and development may further complicate the process, it is not always the case that kids will move through their badges in a linear fashion.  It is quite normal therefore for children to stay in the same group for more than one year, especially with Bombers and Rockets. Our primary aim is to impart a love and enthusiasm for skiing in a safe way.  Our instructors are experts and professionals and realise that patience, and correct practice are key to progress.

The cornerstones of our lessons are ‘Safety, Fun and Improvement’  and so we always look to achieve all three.  It is a given that the safety of the kids is of the utmost importance and we look to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that children learn in a safe way appropriate to their abilities. It is important to us that we foster a love for the sport and so we also feel it is important that the week is enjoyable for the child. Challenging activities, activities that demand concentration and coordination and tasks that are fun like learning to jump are peppered throughout the week in order to develop enthusiasm and confidence and enjoyment in each individual.  Each group also has specific aims that correspond to particular Snowlife badge levels.

If they are the same ability and meet the group level requirements then of course they can go in the same group. If they are different ages and levels however then we would advise against it. They would both need to go in the group of the lower level child which would hamper the progression and enjoyment of the more proficient child. Our groups are all friendly and we’re used to managing this kind of situation. Our instructor is there to help your child settle in and ensure they feel comfortable within the group. So after the first morning this concern normally vanishes and by the end of the week they’ll have made lots of new friends.

Your child’s safety is our primary concern and we have strict procedures in place to ensure they stay safe and enjoy their time on the snow with us. All children are given a bib to wear to make them easily identifiable. We also employ a stringent signing in and out procedure. When your child is dropped off on the first day we ask for details of anyone who might be collecting them during the week, so we can ensure they only leave once collected by a nominated adult. We also record details of their clothing and the lift pass number to ensure we are fully prepared should any accident or injury occur.

You can upgrade your child’s lesson to include two full days with Ride Tribe in some resorts. After a supervised hot, sit-down meal for lunch, we’ll head back out for an afternoon of activities. As well as a full day of fun for your child, our Ride Tribe option offers you a full day’s skiing or a long leisurely lunch.

Bombers, Rockets, and Freeride skiers can join Ride Tribe. It runs on Tues/Thurs, or Weds/Fri (resort dependent), and is a continuation of their group lesson, so they’ll finish at 16.30. The cost is a 150€ supplement to the price of their group and includes lunch on both days.

Ride Tribe is available in Courchevel, Méribel, and Val d’Isère.

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