Piste-Off is the website for skiers and snowboarders who have become 'disillusioned' with the commercialism and crowds at the big downhill resorts in Europe and North America.
Site last updated on Tuesday 20th January 2015.
We aim to provide information and contacts on ski mountaineering, ski touring, off-piste skiing and piste skiing at the worlds wilder and more off-beat ski resorts. We also run a small number of courses and expeditions in some of the more interesting places to go ski-mountaineering.
Nice short day out in my local hills last weekend, on a wee peak called Tewsgill Head. Only a 300m descent, but at least about 100m of that was nice powder! An unusual place for a tour.... you may spot the huge wind turbines behind us.
David skiing at about 5100m on CulinThojo in the Bolivian Andes, June 2014. This photo was taken on our very successful Bolivian Ski Explorer trip, when we made ski ascents (and descents) of five 5000m+ peaks.
COURSES & EXPEDITIONS
I run a small number of courses and expeditions through my main business ANDES. The links below will take you to details on this website for the Scottish & European ski touring courses I run, and details on the Andes website for the South American ski trips I run to Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
Scottish Ski Mountaineering no fixed dates, but ask for details
Argentine Ski Explorer 2015 (links to ANDES website)
On this site
|Courses and Expeditions||Scheduled ski touring courses and expeditions in Scotland, Europe and South America run through my main business 'Andes'.|
|Worldwide Expeditions & Tours||Reports, photos and info from ski-mountaineering expeditions and holidays to the more remote areas around the world like the Tien Shan, Andes and New Zealand.|
|Alpine Ski Mountaineering||Reports, photos and info from Alpine ski-mountaineering and ski-touring trips.|
|Worldwide Ski Resorts||Reports and photos from some of the worlds most off beat ski resorts, in Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania. Plus one or two weird places in the Alps, Tatra and Pyrenees in Europe....|
|World Snow, Glacier & Resort Index||The countries of the world classified as to whether they have glaciers, reliable snow cover, occasional snow cover or no known snow. Also whether they have resort facilities.|
|Photo Galleries||Photos of Off-piste Skiing and Snowboarding and Ski Mountaineering from all over the planet.|
|Equipment||Skis, Boots, Bindings and Avalanche Accessories. Links to some Equipment Retailers and Manufacturers.|
|Links||Worldwide Off-Piste and Ski Mountaineering Links.|
Signposts & Warnings A new photo gallery with some weird signposts and warnings from around the world, thanks to David Roberts.
Crazy Ski Lifts On a similar note, some of the more bizarre ski lifts and tows I have used around the world.
If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let us know by phone using the contact details above.
This website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited) and text © 2005-2015 John Biggar. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited. If you wish to use any material from this site please contact us for permission first, it will often be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to our site.