The Backcountry Spirit

«Backcountry» is the American version of the European term «Off-piste». It’s also synonymous with «wilderness» but implies a geographical area, only accessible through use of the appropriate techniques and specific equipment. In New Zealand, it can also be generally inaccessible or private areas for which permits are required before entering.
In Alpine terms, it means natural areas sometimes close to, but apart from, the publicly accessible, managed and patrolled areas. Such areas are subject to sudden events and hazards such as avalanches, wildlife (sometimes aggressive) and climatic changes of a dangerous nature.

This term is now often used in Europe in place of «off-piste».By using the term «The Backcountry Spirit» we’re inviting people to discover these hitherto rarely frequented areas and to enjoy them in a relaxed and secure way . We can show you these wonders at the same time ensuring your safety by the use of the correct equipment and proper planning!


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