Off piste Skiing


We believe nothing is more exhilarating than gliding across pristine, untouched powder and carving our own trails through a pristine mountain landscape. From finding the best powder on the mountain to learning the essential skills on your first ski tour, we can help. With UK Mountain Guides we offer a variety of courses and programs with some of the top guides and instructors in the industry.

Why employ a guide?

  • Snow conditions: In order to maximise the enjoyment and minimize the risks we thoroughly review the snow conditions each day.
  • Fantastic scenery: Enjoy the incredible views of the real backcountry and immerse yourself in nature with like minded people.
  • Equipment: learn how to use the correct equipment to its full potential
  • Avalanche training: From novice through to expert we consider avalanche education as an ongoing process.

Skiing away from a resort area involves a degree of risk which a guide can manage and minimise for you. Mitigating avalanche and crevasse risk is very important; our goal is to maintain a high level of safety and enjoyment for all.

The UK Mountain Guides offer off-piste guiding throughout the Western Alps including:

  • Chamonix and all surrounding areas
  • Tarentaise including: Espace Killy, Paradiski and the 3 Valleys
  • Verbier
  • Zermatt and Saas Fee
  • Zinal and Grimentz Powder
  • Vallee Blanche, Chamonix
  • Monte Rosa powder
  • Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
<p>&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;To find a Guide for your chosen adventure please fill in the enquiry form, at the bottom of each page. Please include your contact details and some specifics information about what you are after. Once the form is submitted all Guides will receive the enquiry. Guides who are available will respond directly to yourselves with an email&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;</p>
<p>&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;As we all work independantly each Guide has their own pricing structure. This will vary depending on the seriousness of the climb and mountain, The length of the day and the numbers of clients involved.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;</p>
<p>Ski experience is, of course, necessary if you would like to engage in any of these trips or courses. Since the levels of the trips vary so does the experience and skill required. At entry level, a good basic ski ability of parallel on red runs and some experience playing about in the off-piste is all you need. If this is backed up with a certain level of physical fitness, robustness and a good sense of humour. Then you are ready to start dipping your toes into the world of off-piste skiing and ski touring. at this level, it is best to be with a group of this level or to hire a guide privately for one to one tuition. As we progress up through the levels, we expect skiers to be able to ski all black runs in good balance and with a solid stance ( even if the style is not beautiful). This would be the level for Intro to off-piste and ski touring courses and beyond. At improvers level, you should have already had some off-piste skiing experience. Then as we get into off-piste ski trips. You would be expected to be able to ski parallel in powder and have some combat ski techniques and a level of fitness for dealing with difficult snow conditions. After that, depending on the level of difficulty of the trip there may be some other fitness, skill and experience considerations. This would include having proper up to date avalanche and rescue education.</p><p>Beginner – Parallel on red runs and some playing about at the side of the piste<br> Intro to off-piste and ski touring – Ski black runs in good balance with a solid stance. some experience of “side country” skiing<br> Off-piste trips – Parallel in powder. Combat ski techniques for difficult snow conditions<br> Ski tour trips – ability to climb minimum 500m per day ( 1000m for multi-day trips) and an appropriate ski level for the trip<br> Ski tour and off-piste trips avalanche education is a prerequisite. (See our avalanche courses)</p>
<p>&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Fitness can make up for some lack of technique. But good technique combined with fitness is the way to go. Technique conserves energy. Off-piste&amp;nbsp;skiing with poor technique really burns energy. Even with good technique, a day of off-piste or touring can require quite a few calories. Ski touring, in particular,&amp;nbsp;requires the participants to be able to walk uphill on their skis while carrying a pack. A good benchmark&amp;nbsp;for entry-level fitness would be the ability to climb 500m of cumulative ascent in a day. For most of the multi-day&amp;nbsp;touring trips, you should adjust this upwards to 1000m per day ( if you don’t&amp;nbsp;want to find it too challenging). Hillwalking&amp;nbsp;cycling or running can be good training substitutes if you don’t happen to live in a mountain area.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;ul&amp;gt;&amp;lt;li&amp;gt;Intro level – Fitness always helps. the combination of good technique and fitness is ideal. Good sense of humour&amp;lt;/li&amp;gt;&amp;lt;li&amp;gt;Improvers – Ski Black runs some off piste and ability to climb 500m per day&amp;lt;/li&amp;gt;&amp;lt;li&amp;gt;Multi-day&amp;nbsp;and off-piste&amp;nbsp;trips. Ability&amp;nbsp;to ski to ski all snow types in balanced stance and good climbing ability&amp;lt;/li&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/ul&amp;gt;</p>

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