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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.

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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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Henry’s Avalanche Talks come back to Val d’Isere

HAT started back in the 1990's with weekly avalanche awareness talks in Val d'Isere given in Dicks T Bar thanks to the initiative from Henry Schniewind and support from Dick Yates Smith. This season we are bringing the talks back to Val, all new and improved. But...

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 13th Dec 2019

Big snow has started falling! This will set us up for the season, but will bring high avalanche danger! Have woken up Friday morning to see heavy snow falling and significant snowfall since midnight. These trees in Val d'Isere had no snow on them last night. These...

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...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk10 hours ago
The snowpack is releasing in many places. Be wary and careful
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 days ago
HAT started back in the 1990's with weekly avalanche awareness talks in Val d'Isere given in Dicks T Bar thanks to the initiative from Henry Schniewind and support from Dick Yates Smith. This season we are bringing the talks back to Val, all new and improved. But this time in the Hotel Galise (above The Alex Bar) We are doing two versions of the talks, one focuses on The Essentials and provides a decision framework and checklist to manage risk and stay safe and the second one goes in-depth with the latest theories on how and why avalanches get triggered. [ 200 more words ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/henrys-avalanche-talks-come-back-to-val-disere/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 days ago
Big snow has started falling! This will set us up for the season, but will bring high avalanche danger! Have woken up Friday morning to see heavy snow falling and significant snowfall since midnight. These trees in Val d'Isere had no snow on them last night. These are the snow depths that the new snow will fall onto. You can read a report about the base of the snow pack that we wrote on Tuesday… [ 1,281 more word ]
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/off-piste-snow-report-n-french-alps-13th-dec-2019/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 days ago
Most avalanches occur on slopes between 25 and 45 degrees. Therefore it makes sense to try and avoid these slopes in your planning stage, however sometimes things don't go to plan. It's really useful to be able to very quickly assess what angle slope you are on.

There are some neat gadgets on the market (Slope Angel), you can get a inclinometer App on your phone and you can get a snazzy card (Shaven Raspberry) which you can put against the contours on the map.

I learnt this simple method from our friends at Henry's Avalanche Talk . Using just ski poles / walking poles you can gauge whether you are on a 30 degree slope in 30 seconds.

If you like this Tech Tip and would like to learn some more winter skills then join me for a Winter Skills course this season.

Contact me through Facebook or by email (jimwaltonmia@gmail.com) or through my website www.jimwaltonmia.com.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 days ago
We are bringing back the avalanche and off-piste awareness talks to Val d'Isere this season. They will be held at The Galise hotel at 1745. Meet in the Alex Bar

The first one is on 18th December. This is the Essentials talk. Book tickets online
£15 per person
£10 for seasonnaires with a Vievaldis card

The second talk is the In-depth talk on 19th December

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/product/essentials-talk-val-disere-18th-december/

https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/product/depth-talk-val-disere-19th-december/

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NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

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