Essential training and advice for off piste skiers

Stay safe and have fun

Safety is Freedom

Know where to go and when?

Be well prepared

Accident Reduction Framework

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

Free practical advice

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ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK, get our snow reports, read our free articles, watch our live broadcasts, follow the HAT blog for the latest insight and advice.

Avalanche talks

Attend our talks to learn how to apply the ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK so you can make going off piste no more risky than driving to the resort. You can come to live events or via Zoom webinar

Transceiver training

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

On snow courses

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

HAT ACADEMY

Spend a weekend in the UK with Henry refining your skills  and going in depth into how to make decisions and reduce risks when going off piste.

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WET SNOW AVALANCHES put into perspective

Very few avalanche deaths or accidents occur in wet snow conditions. "So we don't need to worry about wet snow avalanches at all?" you may well ask. The answer is "Yes we do"!! The tricky thing seems to be that even though there are more avalanches in wet snow...

NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

ORTOVOX Free Touring Image The number of avalanche accidents, injuries and deaths last season went far beyond the averages for France, Switzerland and the USA. It was one of the worst seasons in fifty years for those countries. Other countries are likely to report...

ORTOVOX & HAT Virtual Tour: Talks and Webinars 2020-21 brief overview

This video gives a glimpse at how we adapted the ORTOVOX / HAT 2020-21 Tour of events to both the unique COVID situation, and to the dangerous, (in a number of countries, tragic) winter sports season.  By October 2020, it had become clear that I would...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 hours ago
Henry's UK Autumn tour dates now announced You can get the details, dates and locations here - https://mailchi.mp/henrysavalanchetalk/henrys-uk-tour-dates-now-announced
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
The clear danger is not the most deadly, ... but that is not a reason to ignore it!

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/wet-snow-avalanches-put-into-perspective/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 weeks ago
Looks like the season might actually happen! So we have just posted details of this years UK training events for the Autumn. You can see it all on this webpage

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/the-off-piste-awareness-tour

Henry has developed an ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK and this will be explained in all the talks.

We have a new In depth Talk on Where and you go

There is a new HAT ACADEMY event in November. This two days comprehensive training in person with Henry

Plus Transceiver training and live talks and webinars.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 months ago
Successful risk management starts with accepting that we make dozens of errors each day, no matter how smart and well educated we are.

#RiskManagement
#DecisionMaking
#RiskReduction
#OffPiste #SkiTouring
#AvalancheSafety
@ORTOVOX

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/success-and-enjoyment-off-piste-and-ski-touring/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 months ago
"Une avalanche particulièrement impressionnante s’est déclenchée ce samedi 22 mai depuis l’un des sommets des dômes de Miage, à plus de 3 600 mètres, avant de dévaler toute la face nord jusqu’au plateau, situé près de 2000 mètres plus bas." "Bien qu’il n’y ait plus de neige à so...
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 months ago
"Hier et aujourd'hui, le PG est intervenu à trois reprises sur des avalanches dont le bilan est sans appel. 4 alpinistes et skieurs décédés. Les accumulations neigeuses très importantes et un fort vent en altitude ont contribué à l'instabilité du manteau neigeux. A chaque fois, le mécanisme...
2 weeks ago
Looks like the season might actually happen! So we have just posted details of this years UK training events for the Autumn. You can see it all on this webpage
https://t.co/gHHhfLuP3U
Henry has developed an ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK and this will be explained in all the talks. https://t.co/vhS32UlYXi
HAToffpiste photo
4 months ago
ORTOVOX & HAT Virtual Tour: Talks and Webinars 2020-21 brief overview https://t.co/g452R0jADx
9 months ago
Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary https://t.co/3XT5tGuaFk

Some more of our blog posts

WET SNOW AVALANCHES put into perspective

WET SNOW AVALANCHES put into perspective

Very few avalanche deaths or accidents occur in wet snow conditions. "So we don't need to worry about wet snow avalanches at all?" you may well ask. The answer is "Yes we do"!! The tricky thing seems to be that even though there are more avalanches in wet snow...

read more
NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

ORTOVOX Free Touring Image The number of avalanche accidents, injuries and deaths last season went far beyond the averages for France, Switzerland and the USA. It was one of the worst seasons in fifty years for those countries. Other countries are likely to report...

read more
Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. When I ask people about when and where they think most avalanche accidents occur, they nearly always reply ‘In Spring, on South facing slopes’. It’s an...

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I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

On this evening's webinar event, "Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?" My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days in the Northern French Alps and in parts of Switzerland not...

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