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Off Piste Weekends

PT Ski off piste weekends are something a little special as they come with all the flexibility and service of a regular PT Ski holiday.  The weekends are usually hosted by James P-T who has a huge amount of knowledge about the Klosters off piste while the guiding is done by a qualified local guide.  You will ski all over the local mountains, sometimes ending up in the middle of nowhere where the PT Ski minibus will be waiting for you to whisk you back to the lift station for another run.  The combination of the amazing Klosters off piste and PT Ski’s magic touch will make sure that you go home many fantastic memories of a truly fabulous weekend.

Provisional dates for the PT Ski Off Piste weekends in 2017:

  • January Freeride: 11 – 15 January
  • Off Piste Adventure: 22 – 26 February

As a guide, the prices from this season were as follows:

  • January Freeride – Ability level 2 , 3 , 4     Price from £1345
  • Off Piste Adventure – Ability level 4 , 5     Price from £1485

The prices above are based on 2 people sharing a standard room at the Silvretta Parkhotel and includes half board, all local taxes, 4 days off piste with a guide and our PT Ski Service (including transfers to and from Zurich Airport).  The price does not include flights, ski passes, equipment rental, insurance or hotel extras.  Please see below for ability levels.

Please email info@ptski.com or call us on 020 7736 5557 for more information.

If you want an insight into the sort of skiing you could get up to, the video below was taken from the footage we took on our off piste weekends a couple of years ago…


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PT SKI OFF PISTE SKIING HOLIDAYS.

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.
Ability levels

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:

1. 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!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

 

“Excellent off-piste weekend – I will be coming again!”
Nick S, 2013