from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Existing or taking place on snow that has not been compacted into tracks: off-piste skiing.

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  • adj. Of snow that has not been compacted by overuse; tends to be more exciting but less regulated and more dangerous.


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  • Rather than going off-piste entirely, Jonny have instead dug deeper into the Beatles/Beach Boys melodies they might ordinarily use.

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  • But—and this is where we wine writers come in—it's always fun to go off-piste, to taste something out of the ordinary, explore a variety that doesn't feature heavily on the wine route, as it were.

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  • Yes, current off-piste lending practices are draconian, but the cure is not to make borrowing easier.

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  • Many of the Andorran slopes are treeless, but Grau Roig has some nice runs where you can go off-piste among sparse woods.

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  • Corsica might seem a bit off-piste but the wines are increasingly fine and remain excellent value and the island itself is a bewitching spot with snow-capped mountains, rugged granite hills, flower-strewn meadows and pristine sandy beaches.

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  • Swiss Zermatt (5cm-125cm) and Wengen (10cm-95cm) improved dramatically, while off-piste in Verbier (13cm-145cm) should be ideal when snowfall stops.

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  • Whereas cabins high in the Alps and other European mountain ranges have long since gone high-tech and receive their supplies by helicopter or via cargo cables, in Slovakia's High Tatras, helicopters are prohibitively expensive and the cabins—used year-round by hikers, climbers and off-piste skiers—aren't connected to the power grid.

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  • The key, if you are going to wander off-piste, is to show respect – that's why Clarkson and Turner reckon they haven't been shut down by the official Potter machine.

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  • During ITV1's This Morning shows when Richard went off-piste like this, Judy would kick Richard's leg frantically under the table in an attempt to shut him up; but far, far away in the Canadian outback no one can hear Judy scream.

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  • Parts of the speech were rehearsed – because a music cue was ready to roll – but the most eye-popping sections were clearly off-piste: O'Grady broke off to apologise for swearing, presumably on a producer's orders, and harangued the floor manager, off-screen, who was apparently holding up cards telling him to move on.

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