What is off-piste skiing
If downhill skiing is practiced only on marked and maintained trails, off-piste skiing extends on any slope accessible by the ski lifts: As soon as you leave the slopes, you are "off-piste".
Groomed ski slopes brings together 99% of skiers on 10% of the ski area.
1% of skiers enjoy the remaining 90%. It's off-piste.
Is off-piste skiing dangerous?
Everything depends on the snow conditions, the weather, the visibility and especially the snowpack condition. If the right conditions are met and you go on slopes adapted to your level, it is even rather less dangerous than downhill skiing because the risk of collision between skiers is extremely reduced.
If all these favorable conditions are not met, one simple rule:
We do not leave marked trails:.
Wearing an A.R.V.A (Avalanche Searcher) is essential for any off-piste excursion
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To summarize, we can say that off-piste skiing is no more dangerous than downhill skiing if we respect the basic rules of safety and you are well supervised by competent people.
Minimum level required for off-piste skiing.
Snow conditions are extremely varied off-piste. Sometimes the snow is better and easier than on marked trails.
In general, being comfortable on the red ski-run is a reasonable technical base to start calmly.