Sooo... I found a cheap flight to Switzerland this winter, and without giving serious thought to exactly where I'd go or what kind of skiing I'd be doing, I bought it. My memory from my only other trip there (when I wasn't good enough to ski powder) was that no one in Europe really skied "off-piste." Endless fresh tracks sounded like a dream come true, but now some more research is indicating that this stuff is untouched because it requires avy gear and a guide to ski it.
Is that really true? I'm not so concerned about technical terrain, since I've improved since that trip a while back, but I am concerned that I've just booked a vacation where I can't venture off groomers for fear of triggering a slide. So, to be more specific, if I'm not ducking ropes but am skiing ungroomed areas I can see from the chair/surface lifts, do I need avy gear and at least avy 1 training?
In America everything inside the resort boundary is avy-controlled and fair game, but I'm getting the sense that the only controlled areas in Switzerland are the groomers. Hoping someone can tell me I'm wrong.