Zermatt has a huge amount of off piste terrain available to explore
Zermatt is a great place to ski off piste. We have plenty of slopes that aren’t continually flattened by the grooming machines, and
we’d love to introduce you to the thrill of skiing off piste. We should be clear about what you can expect from your ski teacher though.
What we can do?
In Switzerland, ski teachers with the top Swiss qualification (or equivalent) and the permission from the kanton to take clients off piste, can do so on non-glacial terrain.
This means we can teach you the appropriate ski techniques for dealing for variable snow while exploring terrain away from the prepared pistes.
We can also introduce you to the wider skis you might take for skiing off piste and show you how the safety equipment works.
What we can't do
If you want to ski on the glaciers, then you will need the services of a UIAGM mountain guide rather than a ski teacher.
UIAGM guides have more training on travelling in the backcountry and over glaciers. Seasoned off piste skiers will certainly appreciate the experience that skiing on the glaciers provides and it’s something we would certainly recommend if you want to really get far away from the pistes and experience the mountains around Zermatt.
We’d also recommend a UIAGM mountain guide if you want to do long or multi day ski tours.
If you are booking an instructor to ski off piste
• Make sure you ask for an instructor with the kantonal permission to teach off piste.
• You should be able to confidently ski all grades of prepared pistes before heading into the variable snow.
• Every member of the group should be equipped with an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Your instructor can show you how these work at the start of the day.
• It is your responsibility to ensure you have medical insurance that covers you while skiing off piste.
If you are looking to
- Improve your technique
- Ski some itinerary runs
- Tackle some moguls off the side of the slopes
- Get an introduction to off piste technique
- Head off piste beyond the itinerary runs
- Learn how to use avalanche safety equipment
- Ski on Zermatt’s glaciers
- Go ski touring
you should book
Any of Summit’s excellent instructors
One of Summit’s top qualified instructors
A UIAGM mountain guide from the Alpine Centre