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tips for snow boarding and skiing off-piste
1 Pack the right gear- take a first-aid kit and plenty of food and water. Get an avalanche receiver to stay upto date with the conditions. Use snowboards with slightly longer noses than tails.
2 Board / Ski with a partner- always snowboard / ski with experienced people. Always stay within shouting distance of each other.
3 Use a ski area as your launching point- this is often the easiest way to access the off-piste area. You also get the added benefit of the ski-patrol which will provide the invaluable resource of avalanche conditions and information on the particular stretch to will ski. 
4 Learn how to read the terrain- minimise the risks by knowing where to ride - and where not to ride. Ridges are the best place because they are the highest place on the slope available at any given elevation. The worst place to be is in the gully as this is where water drains and snow accumulates the most during avalanche conditions.
5 Don't go off-piste until you are ready- first take an avalanche safety course taught at the ski area. Don't head off-piste until you can handle boarding in tight tree areas. You may suddenly have to traverse around tree wells, make sharp turns, and ride through steep, icy, rocky cliffs.
6 Focus on where you want to go- especially when boarding through tight trees. If you look at the trees, you are more likely to hit the trees. So don't focus on where you don't want to go!


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