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.
Take an off piste instructor and work on your off piste technique, learn how to use avalanche safety equipment and be able to head away from the crowds. With terrain from easy to challenging there is something for everyone.
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 training on travelling 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.
If you are looking to
You should book
Improve your technique
Ski some itinerary runs
Tackle some moguls off the side of the slopes
Any of Summit’s excellent instructors
Get an introduction to off piste technique
Head off piste beyond the itinerary runs
Learn how to use avalanche safety equipment
One of Summit’s top qualified instructors
Ski on Zermatt’s glaciers
Go ski touring
A UIAGM mountain guide from the Alpine Centre
If you are skiing off piste with an instructor:
• 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. 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.
Our off piste qualified instructors
Our off piste team all hold the highest Swiss qualification and the right to teach off piste. As well as being well qualified they are extremely experienced.
What's your level?
Do you know what level you ski? If you are joining our group lessons then it is really important we know as much as we can to make sure you join the correct group. For private lessons it is great information too as we can then pass it on to the instructor who will be able to help you get the most out of the lesson.