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...
Companion Avalanche Rescue Training

Companion Avalanche Rescue Training

Are you able to locate and dig out your friend or family member from an avalanche in 15 minutes?Experts say that most avalanche victims are alive when the avalanche stops… and that their best chances of surviving are if they are dug out in 15 minutes or less. If...
Recent Avalanche Activity: remote triggering “à distance”

Recent Avalanche Activity: remote triggering “à distance”

There are some instructional and practical ‘recent avalanche activity’ images and comments on data-avalanche.org Instructional not only for current conditions, but on the practical importance of ‘recent avalanche activity’ for decision making and risk...
Safety is Freedom Webinars

Safety is Freedom Webinars

Next Event 21st December 2020 @ 1700 GMT Safety is Freedom defines an attitude and an approach to risk management. We have talked about this at Henry’s Avalanche Talk ever since we started. Now we produce webinars to explore the subject of risk management and...
Skier Triggered avalanche Courchevel 13th December 2020

Skier Triggered avalanche Courchevel 13th December 2020

Thank you to whoever took the video of Le Haut des Suisses in Courchevel. It is very instructive and helps to build awareness… which helps to reduce accidents! Here we see some skiers entering an area that is normally pisted and patrolled, but is not now due to...
Info from the Experts: Issues with Pieps DSP power switch

Info from the Experts: Issues with Pieps DSP power switch

Regarding reports of a problem with Pieps DSP (‘Pro’ and ‘Sport’) avalanche transceivers accidentally turning off. We’ve always said that the best avalanche transceiver is the one you know well and have practised with. The expert advice...
We trust our intuitions even when they are wrong

We trust our intuitions even when they are wrong

It’s snowing in the Northern French Alps. A familiar early season scenario…, but things are different. Ski lifts will not be operating, but resorts will be open and ski touring is allowed. It looks like many ski resorts will be accommodating by doing a bit...
Skier-triggered Avalanche in the Queyras

Skier-triggered Avalanche in the Queyras

This is a sign of things to come throughout the French Alps and surrounding areas…. On the subject of off-piste and ski touring, here at Henry’s Avalanche Talk we never want to frighten people from going out into the backcountry because there’s...