Definition of off-piste in English:

off-piste

adjective & adverb

  • 1Skiing
    Away from prepared ski runs.

    as adjective ‘off-piste slopes’
    as adverb ‘heli-skiing is an expensive way of skiing off-piste’
    • ‘The huge adrenalin rush of surfing titanic waves such as this is often compared with other extreme sports such as skydiving and off-piste snowboarding and skiing.’
    • ‘During the winter her main activities are off-piste skiing and ski touring.’
    • ‘Initially I was just a holiday skier, but after we got our apartment here I took up off-piste skiing and ski-touring very seriously.’
    • ‘I'm also keen on off-piste skiing and snowboarding, and I think Norway is very good for that.’
    • ‘Powder hounds won't be disappointed either as there are excellent off-piste skiing and mogul runs, but it's wise to ask for a guide if you take the uncharted option.’
    • ‘Luckily my 16 year old son was scooped up by our friends, and his days were spent in wild, off-piste skiing.’
    • ‘Even so, skiing will forever be the best way to travel off-piste - two-planks certainly have a future.’
    • ‘In the United States and Australia, skiing away from designated areas is prohibited, but in France it's normal to ski off-piste and on glaciers.’
    • ‘While we off-piste skiers are a mobile force, we don't always have the time or energy for long approach marches.’
    • ‘Any advanced skiers can try their hand on some ungroomed black piste, both off-piste and on the mountain, on the Grande Monets slopes.’
    • ‘You can break a leg on the prepared piste but to go off-piste is often considered foolhardy.’
    • ‘The Outside team tested the latest off-piste equipment - snowboards that split in two, barely-there alpine bindings, shaped telemark skis designed to float on powder - to get you up and down with ease.’
    • ‘It is situated in the enormous Les Trois Vallees ski area which links what is conservatively estimated at 600 kilometres of groomed pistes and off-piste terrain.’
    • ‘On-piste conditions are almost perfect, and in many places, off-piste routes are skiable for the first time this winter.’
    • ‘There are over 140 groomed green and blue (advanced beginner) runs, snow parks, off-piste challenges and wide, flat nursery slopes.’
    • ‘The lawyer was skiing off-piste in the resort of Verbier in the Alps when he fell some 300 metres after losing his footing and ended up in a snow gully.’
    • ‘These races require competitors to climb and descend steep, sometimes dodgy off-piste terrain using climbing skins and lightweight alpine-touring skis, boots, and bindings.’
    • ‘This year's revelation is that controlling my center of gravity makes a major difference in how nimbly I can ski steeps, moguls and off-piste chunky snow.’
    • ‘But the question still remained, could I, a ‘good intermediate’ skier, cope with true off-piste conditions?’
    • ‘The off-piste revolution in Japan is now unstoppable, and its ski resorts are going to have to learn an entirely new culture to deal with it.’
    1. 1.1So as to deviate from what is conventional, usual, or expected.
      as adverb ‘on this occasion I went off-piste and booked in at The Griffin, a place none of us had ever visited before.’
      as adjective ‘an off-piste show’
      • ‘Some of us were so disappointed we decided to carry on meeting off-piste, at Riverside Books, if they'll have us.’
      • ‘Motorists head 'off-piste' to evade cameras designed to catch cars nipping through a bus-only junction in Colchester.’
      • ‘The high street is fine for seasonal sales but shopping off-piste will, more often than not, yield the best of the bargains all year round.’
      • ‘Champagne and chilled fino sherry both perform this role with aplomb but sometimes it pays to go for something a little off-piste.’
      • ‘Hearing the stories behind their music choices gives us a chance to find their vulnerabilities, and maybe even go a bit off-piste, if they say something unexpected.’
      • ‘The final panelist confessed that she'd gone way off-piste from the event instructions by nominating three works of fiction.’
      • ‘His conversation has a tendency to go wildly off-piste, slaloming between topics without warning, before abruptly ending with a firm, satisfied "yeah".’
      • ‘Like with many other intelligence agencies, it is difficult to tell how much the ISI operates "off-piste" and how effective is the control directed from above.’
      • ‘On day three, while debating how best to conjure a satisfying lunch solely from superfoods, I had a quick off-piste cheese-and-pickle sandwich.’
      • ‘She had a running battle with her microphone and her concentration (skiing off-piste from her notes, and inviting the audience to steer her back on course).’
      • ‘The decision to go off-piste and order two pints of wheat beer comes back to bite us when the bill arrives to reveal they're 8 euros each.’
      • ‘A walrus-moustached council official presides over the ceremony in Slovenian, continually drifting off-piste, gesturing and chuckling good-naturedly.’
      • ‘What stays with me as I get older are the off-piste moments from teachers with a little freedom to be iconoclasts or enthusiasts.’
      • ‘The royal once went off-piste and called a proposed extension to the National Gallery "a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend."’
      • ‘Things go decidedly off-piste at this point.’
      • ‘It was only when we ventured off-piste that the dishes were less convincing.’
      • ‘Cocktail purists would say a classic drink can't be improved, but it can be fun to go off-piste.’
      • ‘In the feverish TV debates the questions come from the audience, but that distinction is pretty minor since no audience member is invited to go off-piste with his or her inquiry.’
      • ‘I will be careful not to go off-piste, as it were, into a debate about electoral reform, because I was trying to put my remarks in the context of what happens in this place.’
      • ‘Last year one of the A-Level exam boards asked me to talk to a group of music teachers who wanted some deep background on contemporary music, to inform their understanding of the curriculum by going 'off-piste'.’

Pronunciation

off-piste