A piste (IPA: ) is a marked ski run or path down a mountain for snow skiing , snowboarding , or other mountain sports .
This European term is French (" trail ", "track") and synonymous with ' trail ', ' slope ', or 'groomed run' in NorthAmerica . The word is pronounced using a long "e" sound (e.g. rhymes with "beast").
Increasingly, North Americans employ its commonEuropeanantonym, 'off piste', to describe backcountry skiing , especially when referring to skiing outside officially approved areas of a ski resort .