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All Policies cover Off Piste Sking, however there are certain guidelines. Off Piste Skiing is on the increase, and understandably so. Getting away from the crowds among high mountain scenery and…

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All Policies cover Off Piste Sking, however there are certain guidelines.

Off Piste Skiing is on the increase, and understandably so. Getting away from the crowds among high mountain scenery and making first tracks in fresh powder snow are magical experiences.

You should ensure that you check with the Local Piste Authorities before you venture Off Piste that you are entering designated areas, on no account should you be going Off Piste in prohibited areas.

Always ski or snowboard in Off Piste areas with one other person, never by yourself. Also you should ski or snowboard Off Piste within your own ability.

We do provide cover for Off Piste Skiing without a Guide, outside of Resort Boundaries, but there is still restrictions you should observe, such as Avalanche Warnings and Safety Instructions.

There is a good range of Avalanche Safety Equipment on the market these days. If you do decide to go Off Piste (or "out of bounds" as they say in the States), you should be equipped with, and have been trained how to use, an Avalanche Transceiver (often referred to as a "peeps", because one of the major brands is the Austrian Pieps). This is a combined Transmitter and Receiver. These can be purchased at our website www.snowsafe.co.uk

While skiing or snowboarding, everyone in a group has their peeps set on "transmit" if there is an Avalanche, those not buried by it turn their peeps to "receive" - they can then receive the signals sent out by their buried companions and by gradually reducing the sensitivity of the receiver track them down under the snow.

Recco Reflectors are a simple cheap precaution as well, though they are not, by any means, a substitute for a proper avalanche transceiver. Most major resorts are now equipped with Recco detectors which emit a directional signal. When the signal hits a Recco Reflector, even under 10 metres of snow, the frequency is doubled and sent back to the receiver in the detector.

Recco Reflectors can be stuck on to your boots or sewn into your clothing. But Recco Detectors (as opposed to Reflectors) are specialized and expensive pieces of equipment carried by the rescue services - so the search doesn't start until the rescue personnel arrive on the scene.

Other essential equipment includes Avalanche Probes and a collapsible Shovel - to locate buried people and dig them out. It is also sensible to take a whistle, flares, a length of rope and a survival bag as well. All of this can be carried in a small day pack or rucksack - many of these come with a some sort of water storage pack as well. Extra clothing (gloves, hat, goggles) and high energy food should also be kept in your rucksack.

All our policies cover Off Piste as long as you are with a Guide or / and another Insured Adult and are Skiing in Areas designated safe by Resort Management.

Important Note

You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.

This insurance contract is between you and White Horse Ireland dac, a company registered in Ireland (Registered Company No. 306045), whose Registered Office is at Rineanna House, Free Zone West, Shannon, County Clare, Republic of Ireland. White Horse Insurance Ireland dac is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. This can be checked by visiting their website at www.centralbank.ie