A bit about myself, girl, 25 years old, relatively fit. I ski very comfortably and relax on most red runs in Europe with long/medium and short turns. I can ski down black runs in Switzerland with not much problem or fear, but to be honest, I am not 100% myself relaxing when I am on the black like I am on the red. Never tried a mogul run, although I do love the occasional bumps on the slopes and sometimes even do a little jump on them. Have been working with an instructor with racing background to perfect my carve turns this season with quite a few different drills. From time to time, I would ski the ungroomed next to the actual piste just to have fun. I guess my question is, am I ready to go off piste? And how do I proceed?
I have skied on days where there is a snow storm going on with powder, but there is still the hard base underneath the fresh powder on the piste. How different is it to actually go off piste and ski on things that were never prepared? Do I simply call up the ski school and tell them that I want a guide to ski off-piste, but what if it turned out that to be a complete disaster off-piste? Keep in mind that we usually do one-day trips or two-day weekend trips with skiing since everything is easily accessible here, so while I understand the ideal option may involve a 3 or 5 consecutive days of progressing to the off piste, this doesn't seem to be a viable option for me at the moment.
Anything that I can practice on my own before my first off-piste experience? One last question, I am currently on some 6x cm waist carver, do I need a different pair of skis to go off piste?