Research shows that, all too often, avalanche accidents happen because people weren’t applying key safety points even if they had education and training . This is where our HAT Safety Pack comes in.

Have you ever attended a talk or training which contained some really good info, then afterwards found you couldn’t retain all its important pointers, or at least wouldn’t feel sure about how to implement them? Having the training is essential, but on its own is not enough if you want to make things acceptably safe off-piste and skiing touring. In order to reduce risk to an acceptable level, you need to apply the key accident reduction points all the time. The ‘HAT Safety Pack’ can help you do that.

Each ‘HAT Safety Pack’ includes 2 deceptively simple size A7 cards in a plastic wallet :

  • 1 x Prevention Card with a ‘quick reference’ of the key accident reduction points. It contains a score card scale to help you reference the potential danger for a given slope on a given day, and more info like definitions of the danger scale
  • 1 x Companion Rescue Card covering the steps that you and the people you’re with need to implement in order to recover a buried victim in 15 minutes or less
  • 1 x Plastic Wallet into which the two cards are inserted

It’s a great complement to all talks and training (not just HAT training), and invaluable for anyone who’s likely to be heading off-piste because it provides you with a simple memory aid to remember the key safety points to apply in order to reduce the chances of an accident and/or the reduce the consequences of an accident if it does occur.

As a former F-16 pilot and United Airlines pilot, I strongly believe in an accident reduction approach like Henry’s – that uses simple memory aids, takes into account basic human factors and encourages teamwork –  for people who are going off piste and ski touring. This type of disciplined approach has saved numerous lives in the world of aviation and healthcare and will continue to help make skiers and winter sport adventures safer in their activities.

Anthony “AB” BourkeKeynote Speaker | Expert on Leadership, Communication & Teamwork | CEO & Founder Mach 2 Consulting & Mach 2 Airshows

The 2 cards which make up the Safety Pack, then, are as follows:

1. Our Accident Prevention Card: an aid to help you to apply those points that can help you to be acceptably safe and a ‘weapon’, to help you fight human factor distractions which lead us to ignore basic safety points and are the origin of most accidents.

2. Our Companion Rescue Card to remind you of the most important steps you should follow, in the event of an accident in order to get your friends out… or for them to get you out from under the snow in 15 minutes or less (most victims are alive for 15 minutes or so if buried – most are not alive after 30 minutes.

Front page HAT Prevention Card

Search Phases page HAT Companion Rescue Card

The HAT Safety Pack is a complement for all training and for all levels of off-piste skier/boarder:

  • For beginners: a point of departure
  • For the experienced: a structure for gaining and applying further knowledge
  • For pros: an accident prevention tool for quick client training and review. And proof that safety points have been covered!
Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) truly has done it again!
Their new “Pocket Guide” packages complex and important snow safety information into bite size pieces, which are easy to understand and ultimately will save lives.
Focusing on Decision Making, Risk Reduction and Crisis Preparation, this “Pocket Guide”  provides a framework for accident reduction based around Henry’s key messages of Where you go, How you go and be Prepared for Rescue.  Each section provides three key factors to help you plan your backcountry adventures.
Perfect for skiers and riders of all levels of ability, and is a major resource to protect you, your friends and family from Avalanches

Dan Egan
Pioneer of Extreme Skiing 
Honored member of the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame


The Cards are best for people who have been to talks and/or training – even with other training than HAT.

Safety is Freedom