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Off Piste Intro – Sestriere

Off Piste Intro – Sestriere - Description

NEW FOR 2023, MINT Snowboarding brings you 5 full days of professional off-piste snowboard coaching, hotel accommodation and amazing Italian food in the epic freeride paradise of Sestriere Italy. If its your first time venturing away from groomed pistes and you want to develop your off-piste technical riding, then this is the course for you.

Join us for an exciting and fun week on your snowboard in a whole new mountain experience with daily adventures into new and untouched freeride terrain. Our coaching will develop your off-piste snowboarding technique and give you the base knowledge and skills in backcountry safety and avalanche search and rescue techniques needed to safely explore in freeride terrain.

This is an instructional snowboard course which will include technical coaching to give you the skills to snowboard confidently off piste; on natural terrain and in varying snow conditions. You will also learn about snow conditions, snowpack and basic avalanche awareness helping you understand the safety issues associated with riding off piste. The course is the perfect blend of off-piste instruction and mountain safety training combined with fantastic riding throughout the week that guarantees an informative, educational and mega fun week.

The ‘Milky Way’ ski area is one of the largest ski areas in Italy, comprised of 6 linked ski resorts with Sestriere being the best base to explore the area. Located about 80km from Turin, the Milky Way borders with France and is connected to the French resort of Montgenèvre. The winter Olympics came to the Milky Way in 2006, bringing speedier lifts, which means less time queueing and more time riding! The ski area boasts a great snow record and high altitude slopes which take you up to 2700m from Sestriere. Offering everything from hidden open bowls and easy couloirs to exciting lines through the larch forests, the area is a haven for off piste snowboarding. With its vast and varied freeride terrain you can enjoy backcountry itineraries reaching 1500 meters of non-stop descent.

Our courses are run with a maximum of 6 in a group so that everyone receives excellent individual attention as well as maximising snowboarding time.

This course is run by Gigi Lozzi a local freeride legend, alongside a member of the MINT team joining as a tail guide. Between them, they have the knowledge and experience to take you safely exploring backcountry terrain, guaranteeing you an awesome week.


6 nights accommodation & 5 full days of backcountry guiding.


Group size: Max 6 (min 4)


This course is a fantastic introduction to the world of off piste snowboarding. You will develop off-piste riding techniques and skills as well as gain knowledge of mountain safety and awareness. The vast area of the Milky Way ski area is the perfect location with a wide variety in backcountry terrain spread over Italy and France.

Is this for me?

You are confident riding all pisted terrain, including red and black runs as well as able to tackle some ice and bumps in control (albeit, sometimes without much style). You have limited experience off piste, perhaps having ventured off the sides of the pistes within a resort. You wish to advance your riding in this direction in a safe environment, learning to ride powder with confidence as well as being able to deal with a variety of snow conditions and terrain types. You have a reasonable level of fitness.

This course will take you off piste for a full week, opening your riding up to the vast scope of backcountry snowboarding. As well as starting to explore & exciting new terrain, you will progress your riding and learn about the safety aspects of off piste snowboarding.


Arrival day: Informal meeting in the evening.

Day 1: Warm up day with an introduction to off piste snowboarding and technical riding skills. A focus on progressing your riding technique across various off piste terrain types and snow conditions.

Day 2: Off-Piste freeride day in Sestriere and Vallone. A focus on mountain safety skills & avalanche training.

Day 3: Off-Piste freeride day in Sansicario and Sauze D’Oulx. Further development of technical riding skills

Day 4: Off-Piste freeride day in Montgenevre

Day 5: Off-Piste freeride day. Location dependent on conditions


The exact itinerary of the week remains flexible to allow for variations with the weather and snow conditions. Each day we will check the weather and snow conditions before deciding where best to go, looking for the best off piste snowboarding for you.


A 6 night stay is included in the Gran Roc Hotel. The recently renovated Gran Roc offers a mix of tradition and modern, with spacious rooms featuring all the comforts. The hotel, which faces onto the Sestriere ski slopes, is just 200 meters from the Fraiteve telecabine. Half board accommodation is provided in ensuite rooms, based on two sharing. Enjoy substantial breakfasts and excellent evening meals in the hotels well regarded restaurant. After a big day on the mountain relax with a drink in the hotel’s lounge bar.

sestriere hotel

Whats included

  • 5 full days off piste guiding

    With local guide Gigi Lozzi and a MINT Snowboard instructor.

  • Accommodation

    6 nights half board hotel accommodation

  • Backcountry skills coaching
  • Avalanche awareness, search & rescue training
  • Avalanche safety equipment

Whats not included

  • Travel to Sestriere
  • Ski pass
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal snowboard equipment
  • Drinks
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