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

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

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....
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 5th Dec 2019

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?

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

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...
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...
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...
Off-Piste Snow and Weather 11 – 19 April 2019

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 11 – 19 April 2019

..and in to early May! For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Great skiing still to be had! But you have to explore to find it Weather forecasts are difficult enough in the mountains, but in Springtime things are even more unpredictable. In this, our last snow report...