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Our instructors are especially passionate about off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding and have a number of ways that we can share it with you. All of our instructors are fully licenced and equipped to guide you, as well as having a whole lot of local knowledge, ensuring that you're in the best place at the best time. Whether you're looking for a few tips on your off piste technique, avalanche training, a guided trip into the backcountry or to go ski touring and split boarding, the team at Avoriaz Alpine Ski School have you covered.


New to the area? Want to explore the mountains outside of the groomed trails? Do you want to improve your ability to ski and snowboard in off-piste conditions? Is there a lot of snow on the forecast and you want to be in the right place at the right time? Want to explore the tree runs without getting lost? Are you looking for powder?

If the answer to any of the above is yes then we recommend a private lesson for you or your private group. Have an instructor guide you off-piste and teach the ropes along the way.

Safety equipment can be provided at no extra cost but please let us know in advance if you need it.

Please see our Private Lessons page for pricing information.
Off Piste Private Lessons
For experienced skiers and snowboarders, our instructors can guide you away from the resort, lifts and crowds and into the backcountry! If you are interested in an awesome adventure during your trip, get in touch with our team to discuss the conditions and let us suggest the best routes to you.

Condition permitting, we can guide you down the famous Vallée de la Manche route safely whilst searching for the best snow. Starting in Avoriaz, the trip will take in a few off-piste warm up runs before hiking (5 minutes) over a ridge and into the wild. Ski or snowboard down an epic backcountry valley, stop for a celebratory beer at the bottom and return to Morzine or Avoriaz using free shuttle buses.

Safety is always priority number 1 and it is imperative you have a qualified guide and the correct equipment when exploring away from the resort.

Full safety equipment is included at no extra cost.

Please contact our office to discuss the conditions.

2.5hrs €75 per person
3hrs - €90 per person
Min Group size 3, max 6

1-1 structure = 2.5hrs @ €215
if 2 attendees = 2.5hrs = €115 per person
Backcountry Guiding
Avalanche Awarenss
An essential training class for anyone who wishes to ski and snowboard off-piste. We have intro and level 2 classes running throughout the season, although we highly recommend taking the course as soon as possible at the start of the winter. The classes include:
  • Forecasting and preparation
  • Equipment and packing lists
  • Off piste hazard awareness
  • Terrain analysis
  • Navigation and group management
  • Understanding avalanches
  • Field tests
  • Emergency procedures and transceiver training
Available to skiers, snowboarders and snowshoeers
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Ski touring and Split boarding equipment allow you to hike for your turns and opens the door to a whole new world of adventure. Not only is it fantastic exercise but it gives you a new level of freedom, being able to ride anywhere you like and explore untouched regions away from resorts. If you're after fresh tracks in powder snow, this is the best way of finding it, but touring also gives you a beautiful new perspective of the mountains. Of course, safety is paramount and it is essential you have the right equipment and skillset before even thinking of heading out without a guide.

Our instructors know touring techniques as well as the local area inside out and can help you to learn new skills and enjoy this fantastic sport.

We can offer introductory sessions to get you started and understand all the equipment, as well as guided tours if you are looking for the best place to go. 
Ski Toring and Split Boarding
Access All Areas Courses
Acces All Areas
3 day off piste courses running in Jan, Feb & March 2022 which focus on 3 main goals:
- Off Piste Guiding to find the best terrain and snow conditions for the group on any given day
- Off Piste Skiing Technique tuition
- Mountain safety training, including avalanche awareness and transceiver training

Local Videos
Check out this video of one of our guided touring sessions in the local Morzine Avoriaz backcountry
Our instructors George and Mark go skiing in November, in the Avoriaz ski area before the lifts open.
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