Off piste

All terrain coaching & guiding

Off piste tuition & guiding

Improve your off piste technique with an instructor, or discover untouched terrain with a high mountain guide.

Whether you prefer to earn your fresh tracks by ski touring into the wilderness or you want a VIP powder day with the help of a helicopter, a ZigZag expert is ready to get you where you want to go in safety and style.

The ZigZag difference :

  • Top of the line ‘ARVA’ brand equipment lent free of charge to each participant (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, backpack)
  • Engaging, English speaking mountain guides and instructors
  • Flexible itineraries changed according to weather conditions and your level of experience
  • Compassionate instruction and guidance available for those lacking confidence
  • Our guides can take you anywhere – Grand Massif, Chamonix, Courmayeur, Switzerland, Vallée Blanche, Haute Route, heliskiing and more

Security is our strength and our team is made up of highly respected local professionals who grew up in the Alps and know them intimately.  You’ll feel secure guided and tutored off piste with a highly trained English speaking local professional.

Every time we take you off piste, we’ll equip you with up-to-date avalanche equipment including an ARVA avalanche victim detector, probe, shovel and backpack.  Education saves lives so we also provide safety equipment training so you know how to deal with an emergency off piste.

Off piste tuition is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers who would like to improve their technique in powder.   Whether you’re venturing off piste for the first time or you have years of experience, our instructors are here to improve your fluidity, control and confidence off piste.

Off piste guidance is suitable for those who are already able to ski confidently off piste and who are interested in exploring new, exciting off piste runs.  Our high mountain guides are hugely experienced and will take you to find the best snow that’s available, so you’re guaranteed a great day out.  Please note that high mountain guides do not provide technical instruction, they are there to guide, advise and entertain, not to teach.

We recommend a minimum of 4hrs for off piste tuition and a full day for off piste guidance:

  • Half day 4hrs (09h15-13h15) or (13h15-17h15)*
  • Full day (09h15-17h15)* start and finish time of your choice, 1hr lunch stop as standard

*NB in December and January the lifts close earlier, so our afternoon session runs from (12h30-16h30)

Off piste tuition and guidance is priced according to the number of participants, as follows:

PARTICIPANTSHALF DAYFULL DAY
LOW SEASONHIGH SEASON
1 to 4pers250€350€450€
Additional participants+50€/pers+50€/pers+50€/pers
– Top of the line ‘ARVA’ brand equipment provided free of charge to each participant (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, backpack)

“We just wanted to pass on our thanks to Camille for our lesson last weekend. She was absolutely brilliant and we have both fundamentally changed the way we ski so are now having much fun on the mountains. We would definitely book with Camille again and would fully recommend her to others.  Thanks very much ZigZag!”

– Claire M  (Feb 2018)

 

“Just a quick email to thank Christophe and the whole ZigZag team for what a fantastic job they all do !  We were well and truly spoilt with the conditions and the company was second to none.  Sam and I had an incredible day all thanks to Christophe. Having worked in the Grand Massif for three winter seasons now, Wednesday was by far the best day I have ever had on the mountain.  Christophe’s excellent knowledge of the area and avalanche awareness were brilliant.  He also showed us how to correctly use the avalanche gear, how to search and rescue in the event of a avalanche and also encouraged us to speak with the ski patrol before going off piste (which i had never thought of before).  All of which we feel has made us a lot safer and more confident on the mountain.”

– Tom W  (Mar 2018)

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