Let's face it, skiing Off-Piste is hot. Nobody wants to be skiing groomers when there is soft snow 'just off the beaten path'... 'just over the next ridge'... 'a short boot pack away'.
You see the tracks heading off into the unknown when your visiting a ski area, where do they go?
Should you follow them? Will it lead to a powder-filled run you'll brag to your friends about for years to come... or will your friends need to call Search and Rescue when you go missing.
What do you do when your at an area and DON'T know your way around, but want to find the goods AND stay safe?
Pay attention to the trail map. You can probably see where the inbounds lines 'might' be just by looking at where trails are laid out, if you know that a trail passes below where you leave a trail you should be able to ski down to that trail... unless there are terrain traps.
Beware of area boundaries. If you are leaving the ski area boundary, you NEED to know where you are going and HOW to get back. Much harder than it sounds!!!
Get good Beta. Find a bookstore/ climbing store that stocks guide books and maps for the area. If you want to access the 'goods' you need to educate yourself. Chances are you can buy some of this knowledge at a local store... a small investment in your safety (and FUN).
Tell Someone Where You're Heading. Self explanatory.
Leave a note on your car. Put a note in a ziplock bag under a windshield wiper... maybe it will get you rescued when you don't return in 24hrs.
Never EVER Trust a ski track. You don't know who's track it is, following it blind is just DUMB.
Got any other suggestions?