Safety Tips in Off-piste Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding in untracked powder is an opportunity to be enjoyed, but it is also filled the kinds of dangers that on-piste skiers never have to encounter.

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As a growing number of snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts are trying out the thrills of powdery snow in off-piste areas.  The excitement of off-piste skiing and snowboarding is no longer reserved to experts and deviants; today, most everybody in the snowsport hobby wants to try it.

Skiing and snowboarding in untracked powder is an opportunity to be enjoyed, but it is also filled the kinds of dangers that on-piste skiers never have to encounter. Most common among these is that most dreadful of all ski-related catastrophes, the avalanche.  The Alps alone, takes about a hundred lives yearly on the average. Not astonishingly, almost all of the deaths occur to those skiing and boarding out-of-bounds or backcountry, yet on occasions disastrous accidents could happen within a snowball’s distance of safety. You may think that skiing a couple of meters off the piste is as safe instead of being on it, yet shortly after you go off-piste, you are responsible for your own safety, whether you are two meters or two kilometers away from the monitored runs.

 If you intend to steer off-piste, the most important matter to do is employ a guide, no matter how confident you are. Only a local guide will recognize all the dangers innate in their own ski mountain area, from drop-offs and gullies to avalanche zones. They could also be able to escort you to the best powder. Unfortunately, though, a lot like ski schools, ski guides may vary across the board.  It would be best if you have a personal recommendation.

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8 Comments
  1. Posted January 23, 2012 at 5:21 am

    i like it

  2. Posted January 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I’ve never had that experience.

  3. Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Local guides are best.

  4. Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Nicely done and written.

  5. Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Rather informative.

  6. Posted January 24, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Naks, keeping all of these in mind Athena. Good safety tips here.

  7. Posted January 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for listing the safety tips for off-piste skiing and snowboarding. heating and cooling albuquerque.

  8. Posted January 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I love off-piste – the danger is half of the fun!

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