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Backcountry Skiing in the Alps

Epic adventures on powdery off-piste slopes
A male skier on a downhill slope in the Dolomites, Italy
Italian Alps
Charming villages and quiet slopes
Two skiers touring in the French Alps.
French Alps
High altitudes, legendary après-ski
A skier jumping off a slope in the Zermatt area, Switzerland.
Swiss Alps
Pristine snow and world-class infrastructure
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Ski Traverses
Classic journeys across iconic summits
A male skier on a downhill slope in the Dolomites, Italy
Italian Alps
Charming villages and quiet slopes
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Two skiers touring in the French Alps.
French Alps
High altitudes, legendary après-ski
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A skier jumping off a slope in the Zermatt area, Switzerland.
Swiss Alps
Pristine snow and world-class infrastructure
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Backcountry ski tours in the Alps

Robert Gregus

The adapted to the different riding needs of the group.  Arranged all the logistics (accommodation, transport, tools, etc) with perfection.  Absolutely happy to recommend Marco and Matteo.

Adam Newsome

Excellent guide service. From the moment of booking to the end of the course, the staff and guides were helpful, enthusiastic, patient, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Andreana Petrova

Dolomite Mountains provided us with an all around amazing trip experience! From the start, they were quick to respond to messages, detailed in the information they provided, professional and courteous. Everything about the trip was amazing: the mountains, the accommodations, the detailed maps and instructions that were provided to us, and the last minute weather conditions updates (we were self-guided). THANK YOU all who made this trip possible for us!

Kate Schumann Rowe

Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! We did a 6 day ski safari, 3 nights in rifugios. Our guide was outstanding, not only professional, but engaging and knowledgeable about everything from the geography, history, food, and culture. We always had a well laid out plan, lunch reservations, and perfect timing for transfers. The skiing and sightseeing was amazing and we learned so much about the area. When it was windy one day and we could not go to one area, he easily adjusted the schedule mostly without us even knowing. All the accommodations were great! The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Besides our amazing guide, the team at Dolomite Mountains took care of all other details of our trip and again, we could not have had an easier or better time. I can’t wait to go back!

Kevin Doyle

I would just like to say a big thank you to Marco and Massimo who guided our group last week. They were thoroughly professional both from a safety point of view but also in ensuring that we all had a great holiday. We stayed in some great places and dined in some excellent restaurants. They are both rightly very proud of the Dolomite skiing area and their passion for the skiing and the history of the area came across with enthusiasm. They are both great company and have a great sense of humor.
I would recommend them without hesitation.

Backcountry magic in the heart of Europe

Pristine wild territory with easy access

With its mountainous terrain and deep-rooted skiing culture, the Alpine region’s skiing history goes back centuries, owing everything to the early pioneers who explored these landscapes in pursuit of adventure. Modern ski touring in the Alps combines the spirit of exploration with cutting-edge infrastructure, offering an extraordinary blend of physical challenge and pristine natural beauty.

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A male skier jumping off a rock, Verbier in the Swiss alps.

Carve your path in uncharted territory

  • World-class skiing terrain

Skiing in the shadow of iconic peaks like Mont Blanc provides not just a skiing adventure but a visual feast of pristine snow-covered mountains, deep valleys, and stunning vistas

  • Altitude matters

The higher the altitude, the more reliable and abundant the snow; locations at higher elevations tend to have a longer ski season and better snow conditions

  • Apres-skis with a view

After a day on the slopes, unwind with a vibrant apres-ski scene in picturesque villages and enjoy in some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world

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Best backcountry skiing areas in the Alps

Chamonix, France

Home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, Chamonix offers legendary terrain with a mix of classic challenging and intermediate routes. Skiing here requires advanced skiing skills and avalanche safety knowledge.

Dolomites, Italy

Italy’s pale spires offer a variety of backcountry skiing options for all skill levels, with dramatic peaks and valleys as an inspirational backdrop. Some areas are lift-accessible, while others require some skinning.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Famed around the world for its iconic Matterhorn peak, Zermatt offers extensive off-piste options for experienced skiers. The high altitude (all three ski areas soar to at least 3,100 meters) translates to excellent snow conditions and long descents, making for epic runs.

Young male skier skiing in fresh snow through the trees in austrian ski resort

More about backcountry skiing in the Alps

  • Depends on what you value most!

    For the most stable snowpack and comfortable temperatures, plan your trip for spring (March through May). This is the most popular time for backcountry skiing in the Alps. The days get longer, the weather warms up, and the base layer of snow becomes more consolidated, reducing avalanche risk. However, there can still be occasional cold snaps with fresh snowfall.

    Want less crowds and potentially better powder? Come in the late winter (February and early March). You might encounter more variable conditions with colder temperatures and the possibility of fresh snow, but also potentially lighter crowds and untouched powder snow. Be aware that avalanche risk can be higher during this time. 

    In December, While some areas, especially glaciers, might have snow cover, conditions can be unpredictable with high avalanche risk and limited terrain options. Not generally recommended for backcountry adventures.

  • Backcountry skiing in the Alps isn’t ideal for true beginners because of the risks involved. If you don’t have strong downhill skills and aren’t comfortable maneuvering on various snow conditions, steeps, and off-piste terrain, which can be much more challenging than groomed resort runs, you could get seriously injured.

    However, there are plenty of beginner-friendly ski camps & courses in the Alps that are designed to help you master the fundamentals and get comfortable on off-piste terrain. We recommend taking an off-piste ski camp or course, and then going with a guide.

  • Backcountry skiing in the Alps on a budget requires some creativity. Here are some tips to make it happen:

    Season & Location:

    • Shoulder Seasons: Target spring (March-May) or late winter (Feb-early March) for potentially cheaper accommodation and fewer crowds compared to peak winter.
    • Less Popular Spots:  Skip the famous resorts and explore lesser-known valleys with free or low-cost backcountry access points. Research online or consult guidebooks.

    Accommodation & Food:

    • Self-Catered Stays: Opt for hostels, camping (weather permitting), or vacation rentals with cooking facilities to save on restaurant costs.
    • Pack Your Food: Bring groceries and cook your meals instead of relying on expensive mountain restaurants.

    Gear:

    • Used or Borrowed: Look for good deals on used backcountry setups or borrow from friends if possible. Prioritize safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe) over new skis.

    Transportation & Access:

    • Public Transport: Utilize buses, trains, or hitchhiking (with caution) to get around instead of renting a car. Research local options beforehand.
    • Skinning Up: Focus on tours where you skin up to the descent point, rather than relying on lifts, which require lift tickets.

    Remember:

    • Safety First: Don’t compromise on essential avalanche safety gear or training to save money.  An avalanche course is a wise investment.

    Limited Amenities: Be prepared for basic facilities in remote areas. Embrace the backcountry experience!

  • Here are 5 tips on how to prepare for your first backcountry ski outing:

    • Train: Get fit for uphill climbs and varied downhill skiing.
    • Get skills: Take an avalanche safety course and hone downhill skiing skills.
    • Gear up: Pack the right skis, safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe), navigation tools, and a backpack with essentials.
    • Plan smart: Choose safe runs for your skill level, check forecasts, and inform others where you’re going.
    • Get a guide: Going with a guide ensures a safer, more educational & enjoyable adventure.

    Remember, prioritize safety and respect the environment for an epic backcountry adventure!

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