Definition of off-piste in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1Away from prepared ski runs.

    as adjective ‘challenging expanses of off-piste skiing’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While we off-piste skiers are a mobile force, we don't always have the time or energy for long approach marches.’
    • ‘Even so, skiing will forever be the best way to travel off-piste - two-planks certainly have a future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm also keen on off-piste skiing and snowboarding, and I think Norway is very good for that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are over 140 groomed green and blue (advanced beginner) runs, snow parks, off-piste challenges and wide, flat nursery slopes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On-piste conditions are almost perfect, and in many places, off-piste routes are skiable for the first time this winter.’
    • ‘But the question still remained, could I, a ‘good intermediate’ skier, cope with true off-piste conditions?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luckily my 16 year old son was scooped up by our friends, and his days were spent in wild, off-piste skiing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 So 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The final panelist confessed that she'd gone way off-piste from the event instructions by nominating three works of fiction.’
      • ‘Things go decidedly off-piste at this point.’
      • ‘Motorists head 'off-piste' to evade cameras designed to catch cars nipping through a bus-only junction in Colchester.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘His conversation has a tendency to go wildly off-piste, slaloming between topics without warning, before abruptly ending with a firm, satisfied "yeah".’
      • ‘Cocktail purists would say a classic drink can't be improved, but it can be fun to go off-piste.’
      • ‘It was only when we ventured off-piste that the dishes were less convincing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of us were so disappointed we decided to carry on meeting off-piste, at Riverside Books, if they'll have us.’
      • ‘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."’
      • ‘What stays with me as I get older are the off-piste moments from teachers with a little freedom to be iconoclasts or enthusiasts.’
      • ‘Champagne and chilled fino sherry both perform this role with aplomb but sometimes it pays to go for something a little off-piste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A walrus-moustached council official presides over the ceremony in Slovenian, continually drifting off-piste, gesturing and chuckling good-naturedly.’
      • ‘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'.’
      • ‘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.’



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