Gressoney, Italy

Off-Piste Coaching Intro Gressoney

Perfecting your off-piste skiing skills with our ski instructors in the Italian resort of Gressoney is a fantastic way to start getting to grips with skiing off-piste. Gressoney is part of the Monte Rosa ski region in the Italian Alps and is an emerging resort with a reputation for superb off-piste skiing. Huge, deserted off-piste snowfields and scenic, wooded descents through impressive scenery await. There are also some great heli-skiing opportunities.

This is an intensive instructional ski course aimed at helping you make the transition from piste to off-piste and teaching you the techniques to confidently ski the whole mountain. The course blends off-piste instruction with sessions on mountain safety and awareness and excellent skiing making it informative, educational and a lot of fun.

Plus, our courses don’t just run for 6 hours during the day. We do our best to ensure that your group will really gel over the week. We use chalet style accommodation with comfy areas to relax and all meals are taken as a group (including one evening meal out during the week). So even if you come on your own, you are sure to meet loads of like minded skiers and have a great time. You’ll leave the course not only with new skills but with new friends and some wonderful memories!

Trip duration is 7 days with 5 full days off-piste instruction plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no instruction is provided.

All prices are per person.
The price includes off-piste course fees and 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation
The price does not include: lift pass, lunches, beverages, personal insurance, equipment hire, travel to/from Gressoney.
Single room occupancy will incur additional charges. Contact our office for details.

Here at the Mountain Tracks, we give you our word that we will fully refund every part of your package holiday if it is not able to run due to COVID-19.

Our Mountain Tracks and holiday teams are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak guidance and advice while communicating closely with our suppliers to make sure everything is in place to keep you safe.
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We are proud to offer all of our returning customers a £50 discount.


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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Coaching courses.  On these courses you’ll be staying in a comfortable catered chalet or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a small day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items you may need.

  • This season, we’ve partnered with Ortovox to provide us with the very best safety kit and clothing. Our guides will all be decked out in the latest Ortovox jackets and trousers and will keep warm, dry and comfortable thanks to their technical wool base- and mid-layers. Our guides couldn’t recommend their kit more highly.
    • A good quality pair of ski trousers. They must be made from a waterproof and breathable fabric like Gore-Tex or similar. It’s useful to have some venting zips on the legs either inside or outside thigh or full-length side-zips. Integral snow gaiters and some pockets for handy items are good features.
    • An outer shell jacket made of waterproof and breathable material like Gore-Tex or similar with a built-in hood. We advocate the ‘layering principle’ and so a shell is recommended rather than an insulated jacket.
    • Comfortable underwear with good wicking properties. Very popular at the moment are the wool based layers from companies such as Ortovox. They are comfy, breathable, warm when needed and can be worn for days without your friends catching a whiff!
    • Several thin (rather than fewer thick) layers between your skin and the outer shell - an approach that gives better heat retention and good flexibility. These tops are known as ‘mid layers’.
    • Insulation layer like a down or primaloft jacket is a good item to have ready to wear in the event of cold weather, it can live in your rucksack as a spare layer and can come in very handy for sudden changes in the weather.
    • Roll neck rather than a scarf. We use and recommend the ‘Buff¹ ¬ a light, stretchable tube. Excellent despite the name! They do both a fleece/cotton version for warmth or just a cotton one (to keep the sun off).
    • Headwear to include warm hat and sun-cap or wide-brim hat for extra protection from the sun. Mountain Tracks fully supports the wearing of helmets for skiing, although not mandatory for any of our trips we do recommend them.
    • Good quality, ski gloves or mitts if you suffer from cold hands and 1 thinner pair of gloves made from a softshell or fleece material if the weather is warm. These are particularly useful if you do any ski touring or hiking on the trip as thick gloves quickly become too hot.
      Silk inner gloves can be useful if the weather is cold and you suffer from cold hands.
    • Technical Socks - Investing in good quality ski socks will improve fit, warmth and feel when skiing for long periods. Bring along a few pairs.
  • We continue to see big changes in ski, boot and binding design and technology, which make off-piste skiing and ski touring much more accessible.

    For our Off-Piste Coaching courses, good downhill ski and boot are required.

    This winter our lead guides are using Salomon Explore MTN and Salomon QST touring skis. The MTN 95 is an award-winning ski with great stability at high speeds whilst the MTN 88 is a best-selling lightweight touring ski. The QST’s are slightly heavier and therefore suited to charging; perfect for day-touring.
    Lockwoods Ski and Outdoor are supporting our guides and we suggest that if you’re interested in any of the MTN or QST skis, you should make Lockwoods your first point of call. 

    There are many ‘all-mountain’ skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from Salomon, Dynastar, Movement, Black Crows, Trab Skis, Scott and Volkl. Look for a ski that is the right size for your height, typically the tip of the ski should be somewhere around your nose height. As for the width of the ski or “side cut” a mid-fat ski – 90-100mm under the foot - is perfect for getting to grips skiing off-piste and these skis give you floatation in powder snow but are still easy to handle and carve on the piste.

    Dynastar Skis:  
    Movement Skis:  
    Black Crows Skis:  
    Trab Skis:  
    Scott Skis:
    Volkl Skis:

    There are plenty of other great skis to choose from so if you’re planning on buying skis for ski touring or general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us, or Lockwoods, to discuss the options available.

    For off-piste performance courses, standard downhill ski boots are ideal, they offer rigidity, responsiveness and flex depending on the snow conditions. If you have ski touring boots or a pair of the hybrid freeride/touring boots with a walk mode, then these are fine too, bring them with you. We do not recommend you come on a trip with brand new boots.

    Boot Liners
    These days many manufacturers offer ‘thermo-fit’ liners as standard equipment. You may also want to consider a custom liner. Heated and moulded to your foot and boot for a perfect fit, they can make all the difference especially if you have trouble finding really comfortable ‘off-the-shelf¹ boots. Zipfit liners are a great option for anyone seeking total customisation in fit and comfort. They will replace the original liner.

    Custom Footbeds
    Essential kit – to provide additional comfort and ski control. If you want to get footbeds made or a pair of new boots fitted then we suggest you visit somewhere like Profeet for a professional fitting. 

    Standard downhill bindings.

  • The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses
    Avalanche Transceiver/Beacon 
    Snow shovel
    Avalanche probe

    We recommend Simple and intuitive ORTOVOX AVALANCHE RESCUE KIT 3+

    Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.

    You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or Ortovox Avabag. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €30 / CHF 35 per day 

    Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
    How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out

    • Good pair of ski goggles with a lens for low light is essential in the event of snow and poor visibility.
    • Good quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
    • 25 – 30 litre rucksack with straps for carrying skis. If you wish to use an avalanche airbag/rucksack you are welcome to, you can now hire these in most resorts.
    • 1 – 1.5 litre water bottle – we don’t recommend hydration systems (e.g. camelbak) in winter as they can freeze.
    • Food – bring some of your favourite hill nibbles (chocolate, energy bars)*
    • Suncream and lip salve
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The Italian resort of Gressoney is part of the Monte Rosa ski region and is an emerging resort with a reputation for some superb off-piste skiing.  Huge, deserted off-piste snowfields and scenic, wooded descents are all set in impressive scenery. The area has some great heli-skiing opportunities too.

The resort itself is very small and split between the main village of Gressoney St Jean and Gressoney La Trinite, which is where the main lifts are found. Nightlife in the area centres around a handful of restaurants and the hotel bars.

The resort is situated at 1,625m and the highest lift takes you to 3,550m.

Gressoney, together with Champoluc and Alagna make up the Monterosa ski area, one of the largest linked ski areas in Italy.

Our top reasons for visiting Gressoney

  • Charming Italian ambience
  • Minimal touristic development area means the slopes are often deserted especially during the week
  • Easy access from Turin airport make it a viable weekend or short break destination
  • Extensive off-piste terrain and a reputation for great freeriding
  • One of the best heli-skiing resorts in the Alps

Resort height: 1,625m

Highest Lift: 3,275m

Nearest Airport: Turin or Milan Malpensa 

Accommodation in Gressoney 

We work with a number of hotels in Gressoney La Trinite these are all comfortable 3* hotels located a short walk from the village centre and next to the Bedemie-Seehorn chairlift so access to the main ski area is fast.  You can also ski back to the hotel via the red piste.

We also work with the Hotel Nordend in Staffal Hotel Nordend another comfortable 3* hotel in a good location next to the main ski lifts and pistes in Staffal.  

Recommended Travel Options 

The nearest airport is Turin with a 90 minute transfer time by road to the resort. Easyjet from Luton, Ryanair from Stansted and BA from Gatwick are the most convenient flights. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

The trip includes a return group transfer from Turin Airport. 

Milan Malpensa is slightly further away but can also be used.  Public transport to the resort is possible by bus or a combination of train and bus.  Some travel information is available here Travel from Turin Airport

Bus timetables for the Aosta Valley can be found here Aosta Valley Bus timetables

Pont St. Martin is the town at the bottom of the Gressoney valley, from here you can get the bus to the resort a copy of the timetable is available here Pont St Martin - Gressoney - Pont St Martin Timetable

To get to Pont St. Martin from Turin Airport or City Centre you can use this link to find bus and train links and timetables Turin - Pont St. Martin - Turin Travel

Car hire from the airport is also an options, journey time is 1hr 30mins.  There is parking available close to both hotels. 

  • Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.

    For UK residents Ski Club Travel Insurance may be a suitable option.

    For more details and to purchase a policy online visit
    If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.

  • Travel to Gressoney

    You want to arrange to arrive in Gressoney by late afternoon on the first day. 

    At the end of the week the course finishes after breakfast on the last day and we recommend that you arrange your return/onward flight for midday onwards to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport without having to rush!

    New for winter 2019/20 - inclusive group transfers from Turin Airport to the hotel door.

    The most convenient airport is Turin a 1.5hrs by road or you have a choice of Milan Malpensa (2hrs by road) or Milan Linate airports. There are train connections from all the airports to the town of Pont Saint Martin, which is in the main Aosta valley at the point where the road towards Gressoney turns off the motorway.  Journey time to Pont Saint Martin from Turin is approximately 1hr 20mins by train. For train connections visit 

    At Point Saint Martin you can catch the bus to Gressoney. There are several services during the day and the line is run by VITA . A copy of the timetable can be found from this page.

    Savda also operate buses from Turin and Milan airports 


  • Off-Piste Coaching - Instructors
    This course will be led by our team of BASI Ski Instructors which includes Dave Meyer, Will Evans and Greg Jones. They are all extremely talented ski coaches who are passionate about off-piste skiing. Our instructors consistently prove they have the ability to teach skiers how to hone their technique and confidence in off-piste terrain.They'll ensure you have a fantastic week.
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