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Know where to go and when?

Understand how to go

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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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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...

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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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 month 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 Talk4 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 Talk4 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...
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 months ago
Grosses chutes de neige humide, vent et fort redoux : les composantes étaient toutes réunies ce week-end. Météo France et l'ANENA avaient donc sonné l'alerte face à l'important risque...
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 months ago
My good friend Dan Egan’s book of epic stories, personal struggle and pioneering spirit.

Definitely worth a read!
3 months ago
ORTOVOX & HAT Virtual Tour: Talks and Webinars 2020-21 brief overview https://t.co/g452R0jADx
8 months ago
Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary https://t.co/3XT5tGuaFk
8 months ago
FROM HENRY
My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days I’m thinking of the victims, their families and friends. I’m also painfully aware of close calls that I’ve had Here are some thoughts about accident prevention
https://t.co/dtCWJJp9Ti
8 months ago
WEBINAR TONIGHT 1730.
Tonight's webinar is now oversubscribed. There are 100 spaces allowed by Zoom. However, we are still accepting registrations. The first 100 to join will be allowed in. You can also watch it as a live broadcast on our FB page.

https://t.co/yZGKz05OuM

Some more of our blog posts

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...

read more
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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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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