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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

Free practical advice

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.

Recent blog posts

In the season and the season warm up we regularly post advice, HAT updates, weather, snow reports and news on our blog

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Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 24th Jan 2020

Hoping for snowfall in the Northern French Alps at the start of next week! Unfortunately temperatures are becoming mild for the time of season again, but altitudes above 1600 m should benefit from this fresh snow. Around 10-15 cm fresh snow fell last Friday night,...

‘Safety is Freedom’ coming to Grenoble, France on Jan 27th

In Grenoble. 'Safety is Freedom' Essentials in English, January 27th @ 19.30! I will be at the Maison de la Montagne in collaboration with my friends at the French Avalanche Association (ANENA) and the City of Grenoble. To buy tickets and for other details in English...

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 17th Jan 2020

A little snow Friday afternoon into Saturday, followed by another dry week! But there is frissette (gobelet, facets) sitting on top of the current snowpack in shady places If we get 10cm or more new snow, then be very wary of steep, shady northeast, north and...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 days ago
Some great coverage of the mountain safety message by Caroline E Elliott and Fjord
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Fjord the Search and Rescue Dog
ITV NEWS with Fjord and Caroline - the snow safety team.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk4 days ago
Hoping for snowfall in the Northern French Alps at the start of next week! Unfortunately temperatures are becoming mild for the time of season again, but altitudes above 1600 m should benefit from this fresh snow. Around 10-15 cm fresh snow fell last Friday night, with air temperatures dropping considerably. This made for some great light-powder skiing over the weekend, particularly in gullies and bowls, where the wind had blown the snow in, making for nice deep powder in places. [ 1,215 more word ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/off-piste-snow-report-n-french-alps-24th-jan-2020/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 days ago
In Grenoble. 'Safety is Freedom' Essentials in English, January 27th @ 19.30! I will be at the Maison de la Montagne in collaboration with my friends at the French Avalanche Association (ANENA) and the City of Grenoble. To buy tickets and for other details in English and French see this link. If you're in the area, hope to see you there! A continuation of the ORTOVOX Off-piste & Avalanche Awareness Tour.
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/safety-is-freedom-coming-to-grenoble-france-on-jan-27th/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 days ago
In Grenoble. Safety is Freedom in English, January 27th @ 19.30!

A continuation of the ORTOVOX Off-piste & Avalanche Awareness Tour.

Henry will be at the Maison de la Montagne in collaboration with his friends at the French Avalanche Association (ANENA) and the City of Grenoble.

Details in English and French below. If you're in the area, hope to see you there!
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 days ago
"En début d'après-midi ce lundi 20 janvier, un skieur d'une trentaine d'années a été pris dans une avalanche dans le secteur du lac de Crop, à Saint-Agnès, en Isère. Le PGHM appelle à une grande vigilance même si le risque est moyen (3/5)"
NON ! Le risque 3/5 n'est pas moyen, il est marqué (considerable pour sa traduction anglaise qu'il faudrait préférer...)

https://www.google.fr/amp/s/france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/isere/isere-skieur-enseveli-avalanche-saint-agnes-pghm-appelle-vigilance-1776779.amp?espv=1

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First wave of snow in N. French Alp

First wave of snow in N. French Alp

Up to a metre more coming over the next week! Go for the low hanging fruit! Keeping it simple Here today in Tignes with Dom John below. https://youtu.be/DKIojF9hGbg Brief off-piste update below https://youtu.be/GILhWPEf5j8 In addition to the above advice, you need to...

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