What should I bring?
Please bring your own backpack with ski carrying system. We will provide shovel, transceiver and probe.
Please check your mountain rescue insurance before you come to ski in St. Anton.
Here’s an off piste packing list:
- backpack with ski carrying system
- skis and poles
- googles and spare pair sunglasses
- extra pair of warm gloves
- sunscreen and lipsalve
- some cash (pay the guide, taxi, snacks on the way,…)
- lift pass
A typical day off piste skiing with Piste To Powder:
…starts with the 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 be provided with saftey equipment – dont forget to bring your backpack and helmet.
We will then headout at 9 am. Your guide will do a safety talk on the mountian 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 of course stop for lunch at a mountain restaurant and then at the end of the day you can enjoy an apres drink or two in Grunbeck at the base of the Glazig and go over your adventures of the day in a relaxed chilled atmosphere!
For the best experience it is important that you assess your skill level here.
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.
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.
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?
With a PRIVATE GUIDE they can ride together, in OPEN GROUPS we do not mix skiers and snowboarders.
I am a snowboarder, can I join an open group?
No, we kindly ask snowboarders to book a PRIVATE guide as your day will look different compared to a skier’s off piste day.
You would not be happy if you joined a group of skiers because of long traverses and frequent flat sections that require the use of poles. If you take a private guide you will be taken to ideal snowboard terrain.
Do I get a discount if I have my own safety equipment?
You may use your own safety equipment as long as you have a modern digital transceiver. However, 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.
How do I book?
Please fill out the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Do I have to make a deposit?
When you book in advance, we ask for a prepayment to confirm your booking. With our quote you will receive a link to our PayPal platform. Payment is possible with your credit card or PayPal account.
With your prepayment you will receive a booking confirmation. The unpaid balance has to be paid in cash to the guide you ski with on your first skiing day.
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.
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 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 50 for each additional person. You’ll have to add another EUR 450 for the helicopter trip.
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.
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:
1. For day guiding
When you cancel one day or several day guiding:
1.1. Up to 3 days before the booked date, you will get a 100% refund less a handling fee of 10% of the deposit.
1.1. 2 days before the booked date, you will get a 75% refund.
1.2. 1 day before the booked date you, will get a 50% refund.
1.3. Less than 1 day before the booked date, the whole guiding fee will be invoiced to you.
2. For week guiding packages
When you cancel your week guiding package:
2.1. 21 days before the booked date, you will get a 100% refund less a handling fee of 10% of the deposit.
2.1. 14 days before the booked date, you will get a 75% refund.
2.2. 7 days before the booked date you, will get a 50% refund.
2.3. Less than 7 days before the booked date, the whole guiding fee will be invoiced to you.
Should the guide have to break off the guided tour because of insufficient physical or mental ability of the guest, no refund will be made. Any extra costs will be charged to the guest.
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