Off-Piste Ski Backcountry Access

The perfect extension to our Off-Piste Backcountry Courses, for skiers that are willing to put in a bit more work to access unbelievable off piste descents with the use of touring skis and skins.  Using the lift system to gain as much height as possible then skinning to open up a whole world of off-piste that can’t be accessed by relying only on the use of ski lifts alone.

Unlike ski touring trips Backcountry Access is all about the ‘downhill’, each ‘access’ with skins will last from 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours with possibly one of the bigger ascents a 3-4 hour skin.

Different courses available from ‘Front-side’ (level 4+) off piste skiers (Intro to Ski Touring) through to expert/elite skiers.

What an amazing week. You never to fail to come up with fantastic adventures for us every day. The Off-Piste Backcountry Access Course opened up a whole new world. Outstanding!

Minimum requirements for this course:
Skiers with ‘Back-side’ (level 5) off piste skiing experience. See levels
Skiers who have a high level of fitness to ski all day off piste following a 2 hour skin with a break for lunch
The ability to get up unaided after a fall is essential


For levels 4+ please see our Intro to Ski Touring course

Essential Information

Time of Year
Days Per Week
5 full days, Monday to Friday
Hours Per Day
All day, with break for lunch
Skiers per group
Average 6, maximum 8 depending on conditions, itinerary, group level
St Foy - purchase in resort on a daily basis. Meribel - Three Valleys pass
Ski Equipment
Touring skis (ideally 90mm plus under foot), skins and ski crampons are required
Video Analysis
OFF PISTE Safety Equipment
Provided by Snoworks


On occasions we utilise local taxis, helicopter pick ups and skidoo tows in order to return to the slopes – these are payable locally in resort and are not included in our course fees.



Available Dates for Off-Piste Ski Backcountry Access courses

Off-Piste Ski Backcountry Access