You can book your guiding with the assurance of the Piste to Powder flexible booking promise – we will refund you in full for any changes or cancellations as long as you give us 48 hours notice prior to guiding. Your safety As risk management and safety is naturally our highest priority, we’re making sure everything is in place to keep you safe during your stay with us. We only work with private groups or small Open groups (maximum 6). We meet outside whenever possible. We will take you away from the crowds, searching out peaceful Off Piste runs in beautiful areas or the Arlberg. We will carefully select mountain restaurants and times to avoid the crowds. We will use taxis when necessary to avoid lift queues. We can provide you with a Piste to Powder snood that can be used as a mask for the gondolas. For the ultimate get away from the crowds – try touring with us! Will I be refunded if Piste to Powder cancels guiding due to Corona Virus? If we cancel your guiding due to Covid -19 we will fully refund you. If there are any Covid-19 measures in the area that won’t make our guiding possible, we’ll fully refund you. If I am showing Covid Symptoms on the day of Guiding – what should I do? If you are showing any symptoms please do not go to the meet point or to the local doctors. Instead, stay in your hotel and call 1450, the Covid helpline in Austria. If you need any assistance, please call us and we will be able to help. Any current information? Here you can find more details about current risk management advice from local authorities! If you have any further questions, let us know, we’re happy to help!
What should I bring?
Please bring your own backpack with ski carrying system. We will provide shovel, transceiver and probe for € 10/ day.
If you don’t have a backpack you can rent a standard pack or an ABS at Jennewein sports or you can pre-order a Piste to Powder backpack with ski carry straps for 90 euros here
Please ensure you have adequate Off Piste mountain rescue insurance . You can purchase this online from the Austrian Alpine Club or through the Piste to Powder Club.
Here’s an off piste packing list:
- Backpack with ski carrying system (can rent at Jennewein)
- Off Piste skis (100mm underfoot) and poles
- Googles and spare pair sunglasses
- Extra pair of warm gloves
- High factor (30 minimum) sunscreen and lipsalve
- Some cash (pay the guide, taxi, snacks on the way,…)
- Lift pass
- Mask or Piste To Powder snood
- Save our office number +43 664 1746282 and emergency numbers 112, 140 to your phone
- Download our safety app
A typical day off piste skiing with Piste To Powder:
In St. Anton the day starts with our meet up in ANTON CAFE (8.45) – right opposite the Galzig Bahn where you can grab a quick coffee or drink whilst meeting other members of your group . You will meet your guide who will explain the plans for the day and provide you with safety equipment if you have requested this. Don’t forget to bring your backpack and helmet.
For those staying in Lech Zürs, Stuben or St Christoph, we will contact you the day before to arrange a convenient meet place and time.
We will headout at 9 am. Your guide will do a safety talk on the mountain and you will have a chance to practice with your transceiver.
The fun then begins as your guide will take you to the best off piste snow and terrain for your ability. You will receive some technique guidance – the most in the lower level groups in order to improve your skill in the off piste.
We will stop for a delicious lunch at a carefully selected mountain restaurant and then we have time for a few more Off Piste runs before returning at ca, 3.30pm. If you are touring then you may want to bring an extra sandwich and snacks.
To get the best out of your day and ensure you are in the right group for you please assess your skill level here.
How do I book?
Booking is very easy – simply fill in the enquiry form and we will send you a guiding offer and a link to pay a deposit online. We answer enquiries within 4 hours in winter time, so if you don’t hear from us by then, please check your spam folder or contact us via phone on +43 664 174 62 82
Will my insurance cover me for accident rescue off-piste?
Typical holiday ski insurances usually cover off-piste skiing with a qualified guide. Check before departure, if not you can get coverage at our associated sport store Jennewein or join the Austrian Alpine Club or with our Piste To Powder Club. Please note you will still need travel insurance and you should read the AWS document carefully to see if you need to take out any additional insurance.
Are goggles and a helmet important for off-piste riding?
Ski goggles are a must for off-piste skiing. They enhance visibility in flat or dull light, foggy conditions, during snowfall and at high speeds.
A helmet is also required. We will not ski off piste without a helmet.
Is a lift pass included in the guided day price?
You will need to buy your own lift ticket which you ideally buy the day before to avoid queuing on your first powder day. Also lunch is not included in the price. What’s included in the price? – Guiding and technique to the best powder lines in the Arlberg! Full day guiding – 09:00 to 15:30 – Or Half Day 09:00 – 12.00
Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included but we will stop for lunch at one of the many charming restaurants of St. Anton.
Can skiers and snowboarders ride in the same group?
Of course! But it needs to be with a PRIVATE GUIDE. Our OPEN GROUPS are for skiers only and we don’t mix skiers and snowboarders in the OPEN GROUPS.
I am a snowboarder, can I join an open group?
Snowboarders can join a SNOWBOARD OPEN GROUP which runs weekly every Tuesday, or you can book a private guide but you cannot join the skier Open groups. This is because snowboarders require different terrain avoiding long traverses etc and it can affect the dynamics of the group. You may of course team up with other snowboarders to share the cost and we do run a wait list to help this – so just ask us!
Do I get a discount if I have my own safety equipment?
It is a good idea to use your own safety equipment if you are familiar with it and as long as you have a modern digital transceiver and metal shovel. I’m afraid there is no discount if you bring your own kit but we provide modern safety equipment free of charge.
Can I use my own transceiver?
Yes, you can use your own transceiver as long as it is a modern, 3 antenna device.
Do I have to make a deposit?
Yes, in order to book in advance, we ask for a deposit payment to confirm your booking. You can pay quickly and simply online. You will then receive a booking confirmation. We ask you to pay the balance in cash to your guide on your first skiing day.
Your deposit is protected by our flexible booking promise – if you need to change or cancel your booking simply give us 48 hours or more notice before guiding starts and we will refund you in full (winter 2020/21 terms)
Where can I rent equipment?
You can rent equipment just next door to our meeting place at Jennewein Sports. Online rental is possible here. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are unsure, happy to assist also with questions regarding your ski equipment.
We can provide you with safety equipment and backpacks also.
What type of ski should I use?
Off piste skis are wider than carving skis, they float on top of loose snow and turn easier. We recommend skis at least 90mm wide at the center below your foot. If it’s deep powder, we recommend skis 100mm wide. For entry level skiers head height is recommended, more advanced riders can choose a longer ski. We recommend Black Crow range – choose a lighter ski for touring.
We can help you to pick the right equipment together with our partner Jennewein Sports in St. Anton, just let us know in advance.
Should the ski be stiff or soft?
Entry level and lightweight skiers will benefit from a ski with a softer flex. These skis are more forgiving, help you make quick progress and mean less fatigue after a long day of skiing. If your skis are too stiff, they are hard to turn and can affect your technique.
An advanced and powerful skier can use a stiffer ski. A stiffer ski also provides more support for heavier skiers and more stability at higher speeds. However, it takes more strength and endurance to ride a stiff ski.
Can I go heli-skiing with you guys?
Of course you can! Just let us know in your enquiry.
It would be a PRIVATE GUIDING session starting from EUR 400 for one skier, plus EUR 65 for each additional person. You’ll have to add another EUR 500 for the helicopter trip. There is a maximum of 4 in the helicopter so larger groups require 2 helis.
Please note that we depend on the helicopter company and on flying conditions. Three days ahead of your booking we can inform you if the trip is possible but only on the actual day will it be confirmed. However if we do not Heliski we will design the day for you to give you the best off piste runs. (And you will of course not be charged for the helicopter).
Will there be a refund if I cancel my trip?
If you have to cancel your trip, let us know as soon as possible. There will be a refund if you cancel early enough:
In addition we offer the Piste to Powder flexible booking promise: it is free to cancel or change with just 48 hours notice before guiding starts, so you can go ahead and book with confidence.
I would like to ski Valluga - when is it possible?
If the conditions are right and there is good visibility, and you can demonstrate Off piste ability Level 3 or more, then it is possible to ski Valluga in a small private group (maximum 4). While the North face is often talked about, the lesser known and more adventurous and scenic Valluga West is also a good option. Let your Piste To Powder guide choose the best terrain on your guiding day!
Any insider tips for off piste pros?
Check the weather and avalanche forecast and prepare your equipment according to the current conditions.
Add the following to your packing list:
- first aid kid, bivy bag
- save our office number +43 664 1746282 and emergency numbers 112, 140 to your phone
- download our safety app
- bring a small bottle of water and some muesli bars
What kind of backpack do I need? Where do I get one of those?
You’ll need a backpack (minimum 20 liters) with a ski carry system. The ski carry system is essential when hiking and accessing the backcountry and untouched terrain via some of the short hikes. Those ski backpacks are also specially designed and developed for our purpose and have all all the features you need for entering backcountry terrain or also a day on the piste with friends and family. If you’d like to rent a backpack or an ABS backpack, please go to our rental site. If you’d like to buy a ski backpack, we can offer one of the following packs which you can collect at your first day of skiing with us, just let us know via our enquiry form. This backpack offers 22 litres of usable space and is ideal for small day tours, downhill freeriding and out the gate trips. With a flexible lightweight fit its great for airheads who enjoy small jumps. It 4 main storage compartment where you can easily store extra base layers, ski jacket, lunch and more. A fleeced line goggle pocket allows you to protect your goggles from fluff or dirt. Store your mobile phone, camera or energy bars within the two hip belt pockets. For maximum safety there’s installed a Recco Reflector to the top of the backpack, this allows search and rescue patrollers to find you in the case of an avalanche emergency.
Find more info here