Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 17th Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 17th Jan 2020

A little snow Friday afternoon into Saturday, followed by another dry week! But there is frissette (gobelet, facets) sitting on top of the current snowpack in shady places If we get 10cm or more new snow, then be very wary of steep, shady northeast, north and...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 10th Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 10th Jan 2020

Another dry and sunny week ahead! The weather is set to be sunny and dry and cold at night. Some weather models point to fresh snowfall (20cm) around 16th, 17th or 18th January. But not all do and they all differ on exactly when this might arise. So too early to hope...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 2nd Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 2nd Jan 2020

A mainly dry week for the first week of 2020, with sunshine and cloud Over the last few days we’ve been basking in wall-to-wall sunshine and mild temperatures for the time of year. Most of the off-piste snow within easy lift access has been completely tracked...

Snowpack Test today by Alain Duclos of Data Avalanche

An Extended Column compression Test of the snowpack today (see details on here in the YouTube video) by Alain Duclos of Data Avalanche. It shows virtually no weak layers – a good sign for at least the next week or so. The fact that the weakest point is at the...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 26th Dec 2019

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 26th Dec 2019

What a lot of snow and wind we had. When the weather finally cleared on Christmas day. It was glorious but frustrating for some and dangerous for others. Many were disappointed to find the snow badly wind affected and off piste conditions were difficult. Skilled...
First wave of snow in N. French Alp

First wave of snow in N. French Alp

Up to a metre more coming over the next week! Go for the low hanging fruit! Keeping it simple Here today in Tignes with Dom John below. Brief off-piste update below In addition to the above advice, you need to apply the basic points in this framework below in order to...

Why you should speak up

This is a story about a cabin crew who did speak out. They initially assumed the expert halo. The pilot must have checked. But then eventually spoke up. It is really common in accident reports that people were worried but did not speak up. So when off piste if you are...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 18th Dec 2019

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 18th Dec 2019

Big snowstorms and heavy precipitation on the way. This will be followed by a return to calmer sunnier weather for Christmas. In the meantime, there is a hidden risk under the snowpack The snowpack appears quite stable at the moment. But this may be deceptive. Several...
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...