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 snowboard 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 Area and terrain.
Off-Piste Snowboarding 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 snowboard 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 ride 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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer snowboarding lessons currently in Serre Chevalier or Verbier. If some of your party are boarders then we would be happy to recommend a school that could teach snowboarding.
If you’re after a snowboarding lesson in St Anton, please click here.
Off-Piste snowboarding 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 ride off-piste without them.
If you are 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 riding 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.
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.
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.
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.