Introduction to Off-Piste Skiing

If you're an intermediate piste skier, able to ski in control, make confident turns on red runs and would like to learn to ski off-piste in a safe and managed environment then this would be a great week for you.

Level 1 Instruction & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Price: £1495*

* Fully inclusive price

 Course Dates

Each day we look at the weather and snow conditions and decide where best to go accessing the best off-piste skiing for you. We use the lift systems in and around the Leysin and Diablerets to give you the best week and mix of both piste and off-piste skiing.

Course Highlights

  • Improve your ski technique
  • Give you a fun introduction & solid foundation in off-piste skiing
  • Build your confidence off-piste
  • Comfortable 3-star accommodation throughout in Leysin
  • Ideal for those wanting to venture off crowded pistes to try off-piste skiing for the first time

The Alpes Vaudoise boasts some of the best off-piste skiing in the Alps, having a very traditional and quiet ambience. Leysin, which is centred in the Alps Vaudoise, has a wealth of off-piste opportunities, and being linked to the ski resorts of Les Diablerets, Glacier 3000m, Gstaad, Les Mosses, Rougement and Villars means there is a vast range of venues to choose from.


The newly renovated, state-of-the-art Glacier 3000 ski resort is rated by enthusiasts as one of the top off-piste venues in the Alps, yet it is never too crowded. In contrast to the 'tracked' off-piste in busier resorts, the Alpes Vaudoise will introduce you to some of the best snow in the Alps.

We purchase the Alpes Vaudoise ski pass for the week (included in the course price) so that we have maximum flexibility during this week.

Is This Course For Me?

The main focus of the week is to improve your ski technique on the piste, building confidence in your own skiing to then progressively transfer these skills to skiing off-piste. It's very much an instructional based course also developing your knowledge of snow conditions and where best to ski off-piste safely.

Ski ability required: intermediate piste skier, able to ski in control and make confident turns on red runs.

Course Content

You'll be staying at the Grand Chalet in Leysin throughout the week, enjoying comfortabe 3-star accommodation at the foot of the Leysin ski pistes, overlooking the beautiful Vaudoise mountains with the Mt Blanc Massif as a back drop beyond.

Throughout the week the guide will give you instruction and coaching, which will develop your off-piste skiing ability, help build your confidence and understanding of the snow pack for you to be able to ski safely and more independently off-piste.

Sample Programme

Sunday - Meet at 6.45pm at the Grand Chalet Hotel in Leysin, for a briefing with your Guide, followed by dinner.

Monday - An instructional day on piste skiing in the Leysin ski resort. Leysin has an extensive network of pisted runs and we'll start to develop your ski technique for a variety of different terrains, which will give us an important foundation to build on for the rest of the week.

Tuesday - A short taxi ride to the village of Les Mosses gives us a whole new ski resort to explore and the chance to develop further your ski technique on the piste whilst starting to look at some of the techniques required for skiing off-piste. An essential part of this second day is understanding some of the dangers to skiing off-piste and here we start to look at the snow pack and introduce the use of avalanche transceivers with a practical hands on session to become familiar with them.

Wednesday - Friday - We will continue to develop your off-piste ski technique, your understanding of how the weather conditions effect the snow pack and your own personal safety when skiing off piste. This will develop throughout the week with time spent skiing both on and off the piste at a number of different resorts, different aspects of slopes to gain a good knowledge of the different snow conditions and how to ski them. We will have access not only to Leysin and Les Mosses, but also Diablerets which is known for its amazing off-piste ski runs, La Lecherette and Villars, giving you a great spread of days throughout your week to really develop your off-piste ski technique.

Saturday - Breakfast at the hotel before departing.

Note: the resorts and venues throughout the week may be changed to make the most of the weather and snow conditions.

Maps: Rochers de Naye 262 s 1:50 000 St Maurice 272s 1:50 000

Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
4 19 Jan 2020 25 Jan 2020 £1495 Full
6 2 Feb 2020 8 Feb 2020 £1495 Full