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Evaluate your level : backcountry and off-piste skiing

11 Janvier 2023


Backcountry skiing (also known as ski touring) is a mountain activity that involves skiing off marked trails, using seal skins under the skis to climb, and removing the skins to descend. Off-piste skiing, also known as freeride skiing, also involves skiing off marked trails, on varied and possibly ungroomed terrain. Both of these activities require good skiing skills and knowledge of the mountain environment, as well as good physical condition and a good team. 

Here are a few things to consider to help you assess your level:

● Your skiing skills: 

Both ski touring and off-piste skiing require good skiing skills, especially in descent. It is therefore important to be able to ski parallel on red or black runs in a ski resort and to be able to make tight turns. Knowing how to control your speed is also necessary before tackling off-piste skiing. Don't hesitate to ask a professional to assess you on the slopes: they can give you a precise level.

● Your physical condition: 

Good physical condition is necessary because these activities involve climbing steep slopes (using skins for backcountry skiing), which can be demanding. It is also important to know if you are able to ski for several hours in a row. In any case, take your time, do not rush, and listen to your body!