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
– “High Season” rates valid 24/12/16-01/01/17 and 11/02/17-26/02/17 (all other dates are considered “Low Season”)
– Top of the line ‘ARVA’ brand equipment provided free of charge to each participant (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, backpack)

I would like to thank you for organising the Vallée Blanche trip – Pierre was an excellent guide and made our day very enjoyable.  On top of this I asked Marie to marry me on the top of the Aiguille du Midi to which she said “yes” (it must have been the thin air).  Pierre was concerned because he said had he known he would have brought some champagne!

– Paul B

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