Essential training, advice and equipment for off piste skiers

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Safety is Freedom

Know where to go and when?

Understand how to go

Be well prepared

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, 5th Dec 2019

Perfect snow conditions. Snowpack slowly settling, some slabs can be triggered on NE, N, NW slopes especially under the ridges near Italian border. More snow on the way Off piste snow depths 4th December 2019 The season kicked off in style with powder snow and high...

Do helmets and airbags make you safer?

Or do they encourage you to take more risk? James Cove of planet ski just posted this article https://www.planetski.eu/news/12328 Interesting conclusions. In short the research seems to James Cove to point out that helmets do offer protection, but not nearly as much...

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 28th Nov 2019

Brilliant start to the season, but early season snowpack is unstable Off piste snow depths 28th November 2019 You have no doubt seen that there has been considerable snowfall across the French Alps through November and this has created a great but unstable base for...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 day ago
Perfect snow conditions. Snowpack slowly settling, some slabs can be triggered on N slopes especially under the ridges near Italian border. More snow on the way Off piste snow depths 4th December 2019 The season kicked off in style with powder snow and high avalanche danger rating 4/5 in resorts near the Italian border. Unfortunately two Italian guides were killed in an… [ 1,255 more word ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/off-piste-snow-report-n-french-alps-5th-dec-2019/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 days ago
My good friend, ‘ski legend’, Dan Egan does a great job narrating this short clip on the feeling that we get from making turns on and off-piste. The sensation that keeps us coming back for more.

They call it ‘Flow’... for me it’s the continual return to weightlessness after pressure in the turn.

Whatever you want to call it, it’s a big part of what has driven us to make skiing and the mountains a way of life AND share it with you!

https://youtu.be/E6fdJRMkCvM
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Flow: Big Sky Resort - TGR
Ripping big mountain lines requires preparation, skills, a certain degree of fitness, and some intense concentration when you drop in. However, once an athle...
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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 days ago
Do Helmets and Airbags make you safer? Or do they encourage you to take more risk? James Cove of planet ski just posted this article Interesting conclusions. In short the research seems to James Cove to point out that helmets do offer protection, but not nearly as much as people might perhaps think. Please read this article. It points out that people with helmets take more risks and can end up with more serious injuries than those who do not wear helmets. [ 161 more words ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/do-helmets-and-airbags-make-you-safer/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 days ago
Most of the time nothing happens when the snowpack is unstable and the consequences are high, ... but sometimes it does 🙁
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
Brilliant start to the season, but early season snowpack is unstable Off piste snow depths 28th November 2019 You have no doubt seen that there has been considerable snowfall across the French Alps through November and this has created a great but unstable base for the season. There have been four different snowfalls so far and two of them have been Retour d’Est events in the past week and this has dumped over 1m of snow on the Italian border. [ 1,277 more word ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/off-piste-snow-report-n-french-alps-28th-nov-2019/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 weeks ago
Both Henry Schniewind and Chris Radford will be running a transceiver training in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Sunday is sold out. But we have a few spaces on Saturday afternoon. Meet at Jacksons Boat Pub, Rifle Rd, Sale at 1300 on Saturday 23rd November. Details here, we can take a few people paying cash on arrival, if you are free at the last minute. or book online here.

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/product/transceiver-training-manchester-23rd-november-2019/

Some more of our blog posts

Do helmets and airbags make you safer?

Do helmets and airbags make you safer?

Or do they encourage you to take more risk? James Cove of planet ski just posted this article https://www.planetski.eu/news/12328 Interesting conclusions. In short the research seems to James Cove to point out that helmets do offer protection, but not nearly as much...

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NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

Nothing Happens ... most of the time  Off-piste skiing and touring can be surprisingly safe, about the same risk as driving a car for one hour, if we regularly apply the risk reduction measures we learn in avalanche training. If we do not apply these measures, it can...

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Download our off-piste checklist

Download our off-piste checklist

Research has shown that checklists work to reduce errors that lead to accidents. This is very true for endeavours like off-piste skiing and the risk of avalanches, many accidents can be avoided if you use a framework that helps you to consistently pay attention to...

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