Off Piste Ski Holidays | Off Piste Ski Courses To Learn Backcountry Skiing
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Off Piste Ski Holidays

Learn to off piste on our fabulous off piste holidays. Course included!

Improve your skiing ability and meet amazing new people

What better way to improve your performance and technique than with a full week of off piste skiing and snowboarding. Our off piste ski courses week is perfect for those looking to really get out into the wilderness on a backcountry ski holiday and also for those who just want to dip their toe in and improve their technique.

Who are our Off Piste Weeks for?

Capable Skiers

Advanced Skiers

First-time Solos

Mixed-ability 2s & 3s

Adults Only

Friendly, sociable people :)

Dates & Prices 2020-2021

The Ski Gathering prices for the 2020-2021 winter season will be online this summer. There will be a pre-release of dates for newsletter subscribers, you can subscribe here.

Meet other off piste skiers and snowboarders on a social ski holiday

If you're a first-time skier travelling alone or in a small group, you have come to the right place. Welcome to The Ski Gathering — social ski holidays for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Meet like-minded and sociable people on a ski holiday that's equally suited to day-one beginners and seasoned veterans alike.

We have decades of combined experience providing first-rate ski holidays. So we understand that a first solo ski trip can seem a little daunting, especially if you're travelling alone as a solo skier. Well, we're here to help. At The Ski Gathering, you won't be on your own — you'll be sharing with other guests who are in the same boat as you.

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Meet other capable and competent skiers on our Off Piste Weeks

Everyone is welcome, but these weeks are a great opportunity for skiers and boarders looking for a new challenge to really take it to the next level on the mountain and in the backcountry.

Whats included on our Off Piste Ski Holiday

  • Certified Instructors
  • Video Feedback
  • 3 Hours Per Morning
  • 18 Hours Instruction Per Week
  • Avalanche Gear Provided
  • Full Day Adventure on Friday

Off Piste Course

We have partnered with an amazing local ski school to bring you a comprehensive course designed to bring your snow skills to the next level. This "introduction to off piste" week is designed to really elevate a competent skier and help them gain more control off piste. The course includes a full 18 hours of instruction throughout the week.

Why Join?

Finding yourself at a plateau in your skiing progression? Adverse snow conditions a challenge? Our off piste week is the gateway to the whole new world of skiing. Allowing you to ski faster and more accurately on piste and with more control and competence off piste this week will redefine how you view the mountain and backcountry.

How It Works

There is a clear focus on teaching you to deal with a wide variety of snow conditions confidently. This is all done under the watchful eye of fully qualified experienced instructors. This course zeros in on the tactics and techniques required to successfully navigate powder, steeps, bumps and also a bit of freestyle.

Course Structure

Most days will comprise of 3 hours of skiing in the morning with the instructors. This will also include video feedback. These are normally done from Sunday to Thursday. On the Friday of the week the instructors will lead the group on a full day of off piste adventure. There will be a day off on Wednesday. The afternoons are free to do as you please.

Can I Join?

Who Is This For?

This course is designed for solid confident capable on piste skiers. It is important that you have the ability and fitness levels required to participate in this course. These requirements will be enforced by the instructors and anyone who does not meet their criteria will not be allowed to participate. A reasonable level of fitness is required but this will be built on during the week.

Minimum Requirements

You are required to be either a level 6 or level 7 skier to join the off piste week. This means you should be a competent all piste (Blue / Red / Black) skier. You should have advanced skills in parallel turning and be comfortable on reds and blacks. You should have skied at least 8 times or more. You should be able to handle small moguls and a light amount of off piste. You should aim to start feeling pretty fit.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be relatively fit
  • Comfortable on black pistes
  • Parallel on all red runs
  • Minimum level 6 / level 7
  • At least 8 weeks skiing experience
  • Requirements strictly enforced

What's included or not included?

The prices shown are per person, except where it is explicitly stated otherwise. Due ot the variety of holiday types we run individual dates may have slight variations in what's included. To find exactly what's included in your holiday please see the what's included section of your preferred date in the prices table. Please note: flights are not included in any of our holidays.

A comprehensive concierge service is included in the cost of your holiday so please do let us know what you need and we will take care of it for you. We do not charge for this service.

All Our Holidays

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    Certified Instructor-guide
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    Certified Instructors
    Video Feedback
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    All guests over 18
    Great social atmosphere
    Luxurious chalet
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A room in a chalet, food, the slopes and you! We take care of the rest. There is no big social side, this holiday is all about the slopes. Read more...

    Skiing or Snowboarding
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Couple? small family group? freinds? All arew elsome! Small groups are welcome on our solo holidays too! A great way to meet new people while skiing with familiar company! Read more...

    Groups of friends
    Couples & family
    Meet new people
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Ski by by day, meet other single parents by night and let us take care of everything else on our single parent ski trips. All guests are single parents with their children.Read more...

    Meet Single Parents
    Meet other children
    Explore the mountains
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Check in throughout the season to catch the latest deals and discounts from The Ski Gathering. Snap up a last minute bargain and join the Gathering. Read more...

    Multiple Dates
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I took part in the Off Piste course with the ski gathering and could not have had a better time. The off piste course itself was challenging and pushed me out of my comfort zone. The instructors (John and Mike) were friendly and patient. I felt like my skiing technique improved a lot over the week.

Jay stayed in Meribel (Feb 2019)

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