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Frequently asked questions about off-piste

The answers for those popular questions will help you to get better prepared for off-piste.

How can I join the off-piste group?

It is very easy. You can fill in a simple form in the booking section on our website. Also you can join the group by calling +7 (938) 467-8-467, or contacting us in any available messenger Facebook, VK , or by emailing to booking@yeti.guide

What is the price of off-piste skiing/snowboarding with a guide? What does the price include?

The price depends on the number of people in a group. A day of skiing/snowboarding in a group up to 3 people is 15 000 RUB per group. A day of skiing/snowboarding in a group from 4 to 6 people is 4 500 RUB per person. The cost includes: a guide; a briefing on avalanche equipment and the rules of off-piste in a guided group. After you have filled in the booking application form, we will contact you and tell the latest information on the groups occupancy and availability. Ski passes and food are not included in the price. We recommend you to have snacks and drinks (preferably a thermos of tea) for a day.

What is the duration of skiing/snowboarding?

It depends on your skill. You can stop at any moment. In this case your guide will take you out of the off-piste zone to a safe place. In average, a group spends about 6 hrs on a mountain. We do not have a strict schedule for activities and for the rest. You spend your time with maximum comfort and decide with your group when to take a break.

How are the groups formed?

First of all, we look at your skill. A group should be similar. If there are people of different levels in a group, everyone will be inconvenient. A guide always focuses on the least prepared group member. Whether you do skiing or snowboarding, it does not matter from the point of view of forming groups. We also consider who has already bought ski passes and where. But we do not recommend to buy a ski pass in advance if you are planning off-piste. It is better to do it on a day of skiing/snowboarding, when your guide has defined the optimal freeride resort for your group for the day.

How to define my skiing/snowboarding level?

We use a simple scale: beginner, confident and advanced levels.

Beginner
You feel confident on red and black pistes and have tried off-piste for several times. As a rule, it means not touched classical broad smooth slopes with the angle not more than 30 degrees and shallow snow in comfortable condition (powder, spring sliding snow). At that, you objectively feel that you need to improve your off-piste technique for more comfortable skiing/snowboarding. You have some difficulties with long descents without stops. You prefer to break a long descent into some intervals to catch your breath. It is highly undesirable for you to descend in narrow couloirs, forest areas, on hard icy slopes, knolls and drifts. Descents on deep or heavy wet and sticky snow, or on ice crust, as well as with bad, flat visibility are rather difficult for you and lead to frequent falls. You try to avoid slopes with an angle of more than 40 degrees.

«Confident»
You have considerable off-piste experience. You feel confident in narrow couloirs and on slopes with varying degrees of relief. You control your speed and can adapt your technique to the terrain and snow conditions, whether it is a hard icy slope with the angle of 40 degrees, deep snow, forest, or piste. Skiing/snowboarding on knolls, ice crust, or heavy wet snow, as well as with zero visibility, is a technical problem for you.

«Advanced»
The snow condition does not matter for you: ice crust, heavy wet snow, or hard and icy zones with drifts. You control your speed and adapt your technique to any terrain, visibility and snow conditions. The angle of the slope over 45 degrees means even more fun for you. Knolls, ice crust, frequent forest are not a problem for you but the elements of interesting and various skiing/snowboarding.

What does the guide do?

The guide provides your safe and comfortable off-piste skiing/snowboarding, considering the group level and focusing on the least prepared group member. Your guide – as well as you – loves skiing/snowboarding on virgin snow, so do not worry, he/she will always be looking for the best snow for you. You can always ask your guide why he/she has chosen this or that slope and express your wishes. The guide`s job is to do so that you got maximum pleasure form freeride and were always safe. If you have some drawbacks in your off-piste technique, your guide will try to indicate them, and will help to correct and improve your technique.

Can we go skiing/snowboarding in one group if we have different levels of training but we are one company?

Of course, you can. But you should realize that your guide will always be focusing on the least prepared group member and choose slopes considering his/her capabilities.

How do you choose ski/snowboarding areas?

Our main goal is to provide safe and comfortable off-piste skiing/snowboarding, so that you got maximum pleasure with minimal risk and positive impressions of untouched snow. We regard many factors: weather forecasts; the information from the resorts` avalanche services; snow conditions in the resorts (including the following: when the last snowfall took place, how the weather changed, how different areas have been trailed and so on). Based on this information and considering the group level your guide will define a resort and possible areas a day before skiing/snowboarding. The final decision on the location is made by the guide in the mornig directly before going out, when he/she understands which of the lifts will be open at the resorts on that day.

Our company has bought ski passes to a resort, but the guide recommends another resort. Will our ski passes be in vain?

No, they won`t. The guide recommends the resort where your skiing/snowboarding will be the safest, most comfortable and where the chances to find virgin snow will be the highest. All that considering the current weather conditions, avalanche situation, your group level, open lifts, and how well these or those resort areas have been trailed. But if your guide recommends resort A and you have bought ski passes to resort B, then he/she will do his/her best to make your activities at that resort maximum safe, comfortable and unforgettable.

What equipment is necessary for off-piste?

First of all, you need ski/a snowboard for freeride. We strongly ask you to wear a helmet, so please do not forget about it. A must for off-piste is avalanche equipment: an avalanche transceiver, a probe, a shovel, and a backpack. If you do not have something mentioned above you can hire it. For that, please specify what you have and what is lacked in a booking application form, and we prepare the needed equipment in advance for you.

What to wear and what to have for a day of skiing/snowboarding?

Our recommendation is 3 layers of clothing. Thermal underwear, fleece in the middle and a membrane jacket as the upper layer. If you have a light down jacket, put it into your backpack in case you get cold. Besides mandatory avalanche equipment we recommend to have spare gloves and a spare mask in your backpack in case you drop something into snow and it gets wet. Take some snacks and drinks (preferably some tea in a thermos). We also recommend to take a first aid kit with the medicine necessary exactly for you. The guide always has a standard first aid kit.

What do I need to know for the off-piste?

First of all, you should know how to use avalanche equipment, and also the off-piste rules in a guided group. That is why we conduct special briefings before the program`s start. At those briefings a guide also discusses possible skiing/snowboarding areas with the group.

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