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Do you ski off piste?

Would you like to understand the risks and know how to manage them so you can stay safe and have more fun?

We have discovered that if you enter avalanche terrain and do not apply good risk management then it is as risky as base jumping. However if you do apply good risk management, then it is no riskier than driving to the resort. 

Watch Henry in this video where he explains the HAT approach to managing the risk and how we can help you to have more fun and stay safe at the same time. As we say.

Safety is Freedom

 

https://youtu.be/etvj7r4KU6s

Here are 5 ways we can help you

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Discover the HAT checklist, get our snow reports, read our free articles, watch our You Tube live broadcasts, follow the HAT blog for the latest insight and advice.

Avalanche talks

Attend our talks to learn how to apply the HAT checklist so you can make going off piste no more risky than driving to the resort. This is an introduction to avalanche awareness

Transceiver training

Join one of our sessions so that if the worst happens, learn  how to locate a victim in 5 minutes and dig them out in 15 minutes using the transceiver, shovel and probe.

On snow courses

Experience the off piste and learn how to apply the HAT checklist and risk management on the snow. Spend time with Henry  discovering the amazing off piste terrain in Val d’Isere and Tignes.

Online training

Invest time studying our avalanche talks and transceiver training before you go out to the mountains. Use these as a reminder.

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Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps

Following and complementing our post this past Friday, "An exceptional avalanche situation, ... in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas - worth noting, following and learning from. " The following video in Tignes, France, is of a massive avalanche set off...

An exceptional avalanche situation…

... in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas - worth noting, following and learning from. "But", you may say, "Every year there's a weak layer - it's always there". Yes, but every year 'the weak layer' is different. Plus, weak layers can evolve with new ones...

Companion Avalanche Rescue Training

Are you able to locate and dig out your friend or family member in 15 mins?

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Henry's Avalanche Talk22 hours ago
Looks like the ski lifts not opening in February. I wonder how the ski resorts will react. Will they mothball their existing operations e.g. closing down the existing PIDA and slope management or to keep their limited facilities open. Will be a commercial balancing act.
Formal decision on Wednesday or Thursday.
https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/01/18/covid-19-vers-une-non-reouverture-des-stations-de-ski-en-fevrier_6066714_3234.html
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 day ago
Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps

Following and complementing our post this past Friday, “An exceptional avalanche situation, … in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas – worth noting, following and learning from. “

This video in Tignes, France is of a massive avalanche set off during avalanche control procedures (PIDA) this morning in the ‘Col de la Leisse’ facing area ...

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/massive-avalanche-results-from-avalanche-control-in-the-alps/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk4 days ago
A dangerous but educational time in the Alps. Well worth following whether you're in the mountains or not!
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/an-exceptional-avalanche-situation/

ORTOVOX ANENA
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
Snow is in the forecast again for France.
This video shows current snowpack observation on North'ish and shaded slopes :
***thick layer of facets and/or surface hoar***
The situation is likely to evolve very unfavorably in the coming days in all these orientations (North-West to East), especially on slopes that have not been skied or skied very little (i.e. little to no skier compaction). There are already numerous examples of recent accidental avalanche activity (remotely triggered and some very big).
Thanks to ANENA (The French Avalanche Association) for publishing this video.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
ANENA
La neige est à nouveau annoncée sur nos massifs cette semaine.
Constat actuel en versants ombragés ou au soleil rasant : belle épaisseur de faces planes et/ou givre de surface.
La situation risque d'évoluer très défavorablement dans les jours qui viennent dans toutes ces orientations (Nord-Ouest à Est), dans les pentes peu ou pas tracées.
22 hours ago
https://t.co/SjllE0Sja0
Ski resorts not opening in February. wonder how the ski resorts will react. They will have to consider whether to mothball their operations Will be a commercial balancing act.
Formal decision on Wednesday or Thursday.
1 day ago
Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps https://t.co/rQqxJj6NNQ

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An exceptional avalanche situation…

An exceptional avalanche situation…

... in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas - worth noting, following and learning from. "But", you may say, "Every year there's a weak layer - it's always there". Yes, but every year 'the weak layer' is different. Plus, weak layers can evolve with new ones...

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Safety is Freedom Webinars

Safety is Freedom Webinars

Next Event 21st December 2020 @ 1700 GMT Safety is Freedom defines an attitude and an approach to risk management. We have talked about this at Henry's Avalanche Talk ever since we started. Now we produce webinars to explore the subject of risk management and decision...

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