Off Piste Skiing
Huge and varied terrain
Off piste is where adventure skiing really begins. It is here that you escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowded pistes and instead experience the solitude and majesty of the mountains. It is here where the skiing is most challenging and where you can reach your full potential.
At PT Ski we are passionate about off piste skiing and we believe that Klosters is the perfect place to take your skiing to the next level. Whether you are an intermediate skier who wants to make your first ever powder turns, a competent off piste skier looking to improve your skills or an expert who wants to explore the fabulous mountains that Klosters has to offer, then one of our specially designed off piste skiing trips is your answer.
We go to great lengths to make sure that our off piste holidays are second to none. Our guides are nearly always local and have an intimate knowledge of the mountains, James P-T usually accompanies the groups to ensure the smooth running of the day and our PT Ski team are often there with the vehicle to pick you up when you ski down to the middle of nowhere. To try your hand at off piste the PT Ski way please see our off piste holiday dates below.
Alternatively, we can create an off piste trip bespoke to your requirements. To find out more please call us on 02077365557 or e-mail email@example.com.
To see a video of one of our recent off piste weekends, please click here.
HOLIDAY DATES 2014
February Freeride - 28 January - 1 February, Long weekend, Ability level 2 , 3 , 4
Cost £1240pp half board accommodation in the 4 star Silvretta Parkhotel, including 4 days guiding, transfer to/from Zurich Airport and complimentary winter sport insurance. Does not include flights. To use other accommodation, please contact us for a personalised quote.
Off Piste Adventure - 25 February - 1 March, Long weekend, Ability level 4 , 5
Cost £1345pp half board accommodation in the 4 star Hotel Steinbock, including 4 days guiding, transfer to/from Zurich Airport and complimentary winter sport insurance. Does not include flights. To use other accommodation, please contact us for a personalised quote.
*All prices based on two people sharing and staying in a standard double room
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PT SKI OFF PISTE
Being a good off piste skier is all about confidence and this is what we attempt to nurture on all our off piste holidays. We use either IFMGA qualified guides or local English speaking instructors/guides who are qualified to teach and guide off piste. We don't favour large groups and our optimum size is 4-6 people. We will also endeavour to put you with skiers of a similar standard so that you can enjoy the powder as a compatible party.
Transceivers must be worn on all our off piste skiing trips and these will be given to you on the first day and should be returned at the end of your stay. ABS packs are also recommended and these can be rented in Klosters. While we will endeavour to use PT Ski vehicles, there may be occasions where returning from a day excursion may incur the cost of a taxi.
Sometimes your group may be accompanied by James P-T or one of our PT Ski reps. They will be there to assist with the smooth running of the day and are not there in any guiding or instructing capacity whatsoever. All aspects regarding safety on the mountain are the responsibility of the guide.
Skiing is a physically demanding sport and in order to get the most out of your off piste skiing you should be fit, strong and have plenty of stamina. If you are unfit, you will tire easily, start skiing marginally and might feel frustrated. You also increase the risk of injury. We therefore recommend that you start a ski fitness programme at least 6 weeks before your holiday.
To book a place on one of our off piste courses and to make our planning easier, we ask you to assess your skiing using the following categories:
Off Piste Starter - You can ski parallel turns confidently on the piste and are very comfortable on red runs. You can also ski black runs but you don't necessarily ski these particularly fast. You have never been off the piste before, or if you have, it was just to try a few tentative turns on the edge of the piste. You look enviously at skiers enjoying the freedom that off piste has to offer and want a bit of that for yourself!
Off Piste Improver - In good snow you can now link several turns together, though with the occasional splat. On steeper sections or in difficult snow, you still resort to wider turns.
Off Piste Intermediate - You can link turns confidently in powder snow, and cope with difficult conditions such as windblown snow and breakable crust, but you are conscious that you are not particularly elegant. You know what you are trying to do and feel that what you need is a lot more practice.
Off Piste Advanced - You are a confident off piste skier and just love it. You can cope in all snow types and conditions and are not fazed by poor visibility or flat light. You are now looking to ski faster and become more confident in tighter situations such as the trees or narrow couloirs. You may also want to test yourself on very steep slopes.
Off Piste Expert - You just live for off piste and are extremely capable in any type of snow conditions. You ski fast and confidently in big wide slopes and through the trees. You are unfazed by steep slopes and couloirs and want to take on the most challenging slopes.
Unsure of your level - it is important not to misjudge your level as this could result in you having to make alternative skiing arrangements at your own expense. If you are not sure then just give us a call and we will help you assess whether a particular off-piste skiing holiday is right for you.