Ski off-piste through exhilarating and challenging backcountry...

Off-Piste Adventure

Off-Piste Skiing Adventure

Ski off-piste through exhilarating and challenging backcountry...

Off-Piste Adventure

Off-Piste Adventure

Ski off-piste through exhilarating and challenging backcountry.

Off-piste skiing at its best: we'll take you backcountry into a world of skiing adventure! Off-Piste Adventure holidays provide skiers and snowboarders the advantages only an IFMGA Mountain Guide-led trip can offer; local knowledge of the best off-piste backcountry and the expertise to give you a holiday full to the brim with excitement and thrills while maintaining your safety in the mountain environment.

Our Off-Piste Adventures explore the backcountry of renowned off-piste regions such as Chamonix and Zinal, as well as lesser known esoteric gems. The trips are week-long and are offered at 3 levels: Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. Small groups (there will never be more than 6 in your group) allow us to tailor the trip to your skiing ability and the prevailing snow conditions; giving you a better experience and increasing the sense of adventure. Our commitment is to give you a holiday you'll never forget: memorable achievements, unforgettable descents, camaraderie and the unmatched thrill of being in the mountains!

Powder skiing in Japan
Japan - Powder Pilgrimage! (Intermediate)

NEW Itinerary for 2015!
Join us on a trip of some of the best lift-accessed off-piste and backcountry skiing that Japan has to offer. We spend 5 days in Niseko before heading across for 2 days backcountry skiing on the volcanoes at Asahidake and finish off the trip with 2 nights in vibrant Tokyo. Throughout the trip we... view

Monte Rosa Heliskiing
Heli-Skiing in Italy (Intermediate)

Heli-skiing Monte Rosa is the ultimate snow experience for the dedicated powder skier! The Monte Rosa massif offers some of the longest and wildest vertical descents in the Alps. Many of the drop zones are above 4,000m and just a few minutes' helicopter ride away. If you've never been heli-skiing before this is definitely a great way to start... view

Argentière off-piste
Off-Piste Intermediate Argentière, France (Intermediate)

Argentière is renowned as one of the best off-piste ski resorts in the world. It is home to the Grands Montets ski area which has a vertical drop of over 2,000m and access to some of the most challenging off-piste terrain in the Alps. It is also just 10 minutes from Chamonix, thus access to the other ski areas in the valley is very... view

Chamonix Off-Piste Skiing - Mountain Tracks
Off-Piste Intermediate Chamonix (Intermediate)

This intermediate level off-piste adventure course is a guide-led week which is ideal for skiers with previous off-piste experience who want to discover and explore the legendary Chamonix off-piste terrain. Our guides all have excellent local knowledge and will ensure you enjoy a thrilling week of safe, off-piste adventure.

Chamonix is... view

Off-Piste Intermediate Sainte Foy
Off-Piste Intermediate Sainte Foy (Intermediate)

This intermediate level off-piste adventure course is a guide-led week which is ideal for skiers with previous off-piste experience who want to discover and explore the fantastic off-piste terrain in Sainte Foy and the Tarentaise area. Our guides all have excellent local knowledge and will ensure you enjoy a thrilling week of safe, off-piste... view

Powder Skiing Gulmarg, Indian Kashmir
Powder Skiing in Gulmarg, Indian Kashmir (Advanced)

It's not just the off-piste skiing on offer in Gulmarg; incredible powder and the unique culture of India make a wonderful combination of experiences to treasure. It is possible to spend the whole week in Gulmarg skiing amazing lines in great snow and still feel you've got the place to yourself! Your IFMGA mountain guide will guide you safely... view

Chamonix off-piste skiing
Off-Piste Advanced Chamonix (Advanced)

Off-piste skiing is what Chamonix does best!

Chamonix has earned its status as an adventure mecca through its concentration of high peaks and the quality and quantity of its varied off piste skiing terrain. To get the most out of an off-piste trip to Chamonix skiing with an IFMGA guide should be a high priority - as many of the best... view

Off-piste powder skiing in Zinal
Off-Piste Advanced Zinal (Advanced)

Off-piste skiing in the the Val d'Annivièrs region still remains one of Switzerland's best kept secrets, despite only being 2 hours from Geneva. Being a high altitude ski destination snow is reliable and the lift pass allows access to 5 ski resorts: Vercorin, Grimentz, Zinal, St-Luc and Chandolin; offering huge scope for the week's adventure.... view

Cat Skiing in Macedonia
Cat Skiing in Macedonia (Advanced)

'Snowcats' are the big track-driven vehicles that are used around the world for piste grooming and bashing. Snowcats can be converted so that the cabin can take 10-12 passengers and used to take groups to the top of non-lift served slopes. Unlike helicopters they are able to run in all weather conditions. This trip takes you on a very special... view

Off-piste skiing in Sainte Foy, France
Off-Piste Advanced Sainte Foy (Advanced)

Sainte Foy is located close to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Val d'Isère, nestled in the centre of the Tarentaise mountain range in French Alps. The week's skiing involves using a mix of lifts and ski touring equipment to access some of the hidden jewels of the area.

Pre-Xmas Off-Piste Advanced Sainte Foy
Pre-Xmas Advanced Off-Piste Sainte Foy (Advanced)

Sainte Foy is located close to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Val d'Isère, nestled in the centre of the Tarentaise mountain range in the French Alps. With 4 full days of skiing (and 5 nights accommodation in the Auberge sur La Montagne chalet), this course is aimed at good off-piste skiers who want to start the season with a really intensive but fun... view

Off Piste Adventure Gressoney
Off Piste Advanced Gressoney, Italy (Advanced)

Gressoney is our base for this advanced level off-piste week. The resorts sits in the heart of the Monterosa ski area which includes the resorts of Alagna and Champoluc. The region has a reputation for superb off-piste skiing on extensive off-piste terrain including some excellent tree skiing. The scenery is impressive with views that include... view

Dolomiti Freeride
Dolomiti Freeride Off-Piste and Couloirs (Advanced)

This trip is a superb week of off-piste freeride for the adventurous skier looking to ski many of the legendary lines and couloirs in the Dolomites. The trip will be led by local guide Guido Candolini and should be a fantastic adventure as you explore the remarkable skiing and lines available just off the ski lifts. Average gradients are... view

Steep Skiing in Chamonix
Chamonix Steep Skiing Clinics (Expert)

This course is a fantastic opportunity for a small group of expert level skiers (maximum 3 with 1 guide) to spend a thrilling and challenging week in Europe's steep skiing capital, Chamonix. The clinics are run by Miles Smart. Miles is an American IFMGA Mountain Guide who has led steep skiing clinics for several years.

Off-Piste Adventure La Grave
Off-Piste Expert La Grave (Expert)

Off-piste skiing in La Grave: need we say more? La Grave is one of the Alps’ most renowned off-piste ski areas. For years it has attracted the best of the world’s off-piste skiers who come for the great skiing and the majestic beauty of the place. The vertical drop is over 2,100m (close to 7,000 ft!) and much of the skiing is not for the... view

Off-Piste Adventure Expert Zinal
Off-Piste Expert Zinal (Expert)

NEW FOR 2015! New to our programme for Winter 2015 our expert level off-piste week in Zinal. There is so much skiing available in this wonderful valley and our guides will seek out the best terrain for you on this trip. From steep lines to long powder descents, great ski touring and tree skiing, it will be a challenging week... view

Skiing in La Grave
La Grave Steep Skiing Clinics (Expert)

As famous as Chamonix, La Grave is another mecca of steep wild skiing with accessible couloirs and slopes to challenge even the most seasoned skier. Our Steep Skiing clinics consist of five days: two days working on individual skiing technical skills, climbing skills and developing the correct psychological outlook, then three days applying... view

Skill Level Overview


Our Introductory level is suitable for people who can ski red and black pistes in resorts without problems and you can deal with moguls and some ice. You will be new to off-piste skiing or maybe have dabbled a little on the sides of the piste or even attended a previous off-piste specific course. You would like to ski powder snow with confidence and learn to link turns off-piste in a variety of terrain as well as being able to control your speed and adjust your turn radius.


For our Intermediate graded courses and trips you will have at least a couple of weeks off-piste skiing experience and /or received some previous instructions on an off-piste specific course. You can link 10-12 turns together in reasonable control, speed and style, following the fall line in most conditions. If you’re looking to improve your technique in deeper snow and steeper slopes then our Off-Piste Performance Intermediate level trips are for you. If you want to get some miles under your skis then look at our Off-Piste Adventure Intermediate trips. You aspire to ski fluidly off-piste and you must be happy to hike or ski tour short distances to get to better snow and terrain.


You are an experienced and confident off-piste skier able to handle most different snow types and conditions, you can ski steep slopes (40 degrees) and make short turns in gullies and ski through trees. These skills have been learned over a number of years of skiing off-piste and with mountain guides or experienced groups of friends. You are happy to ski tour to access routes and better snow, so you will have previously used ski touring equipment and can do uphill kick turns. You aspire to ski the best snow available and are happy to push yourself to reach the best snow and terrain.


You can ski fluidly and autonomously on all terrain. You often ski couloirs and gullies and seek out steep slopes and you can jump turn in narrow couloirs and have experience of abseiling and sideslipping on steep terrain. You can ski fast with fluid ‘freeride’ style turns and can jump off small rocks and ski trees with no fear or problems. You are happy to ski tour and hike to reach the best snow and terrain and you should have some basic knowledge of using crampons and ice axe. Your aims are to push your skills and challenge yourself further.

Stamina Level Overview

Level 2

You are fit enough to ski all day with only short stops for food and drink. You can ski off-piste all day without being too tired at the end of the day; you can ski in this way for multiple days on your holiday. You can also hike or ski tour for around 2 hours per day. You’re used to doing cardiovascular exercise 3 to 4 times a week (bike, run, gym) to maintain your fitness, and you’re able to push yourself if needed for short periods of time at a higher rate than usual.

Level 3

You can ski all day comfortably off-piste and ski tour at an ascent rate of 300m per hour for 3 to 5 hours per day (a total of around 800m – 1000m vertical ascent per day). Your stamina and endurance fitness is good and you work hard to maintain a good level of fitness. You will be exercising 3-4 times a week and also at the weekend; thus running a half marathon, doing a 50 mile cycle ride, 3-4 hours on a mountain bike or a full day’s hill walk would all prove possible with this stamina level.


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