Off-piste terrain is anything outside of the piste markers. The slopes inside ski resorts are maintained by the ski patrol and pisteurs who continuously assess how the weather and snowfall affect them. On the piste, snow is compacted or ‘groomed’ by pisteurs who iron out any bumps to keep the surface smooth for snowsports. However, in between pistes and outside of them, the terrain is left to nature and you can see where the piste ends by the large coloured poles indicating the width. Dangerous areas such as cliffs, lakes or crevasses are marked with signs and areas which pose an avalanche risk are remotely bombed for security. Off-piste you’ll find varied snow conditions which demand a different skillset, not to mention specialised equipment and adequate insurance cover.