Off Piste Snow Report – N French Alps – 4th December 2022

Off Piste Snow Report – N French Alps – 4th December 2022

Snow conditions in the N French Alps are generally OK for early December, although snow depths are still fairly low. There’s currently very little, if any, snow coverage below 1500 m. The good news for skiers is that temperatures have been low enough for snow...
Off Piste Snow Report – N French Alps – 27th November 2022

Off Piste Snow Report – N French Alps – 27th November 2022

Following a very mild start to November, on 15th November, we were hopeful there would be a change to colder and more snowy weather. Well, the snow gods have obliged.  It is not quite as much as we expected in the last snow report.  But there is enough to do some...
When will it snow? Will it be cold enough?

When will it snow? Will it be cold enough?

These are questions people have been asking us in the last few days. It is November 15th and the weather has been unseasonably warm so far. The ground has not had much chance to freeze up and there has been very little snow yet. Are we in for a rocky start to the...
Webinar – Education is not enough

Webinar – Education is not enough

New Webinars  Why do so many experts and snowsports professionals get killed in avalanches? How can ‘ordinary’ holiday skiers protect themselves from the danger posed by avalanches? Why by applying some basic rules, skiing off-piste doesn’t have to be any more...
NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

ORTOVOX Free Touring Image Two years ago was a particularly deadly ski season in large parts of Europe and N America . It was one of their worst seasons in 50 years, with numbers of avalanche accidents, injuries and deaths far above the average. From a technical point...
Will my ski travel insurance policy pay out for off piste accidents

Will my ski travel insurance policy pay out for off piste accidents

The worst happens The worst happens, you have an accident off piste and you need a rescue. The nagging question is will the insurer pay out your claim for the rescue and the medical bills. Many insurers mention they have off piste cover. But they are not all the same....
Ortovox UK off piste awareness tour 2022

Ortovox UK off piste awareness tour 2022

A new series of Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) events is coming on tour this Autumn. A particular focus for 2022 will be to show how off-piste skiing and ski touring can be surprisingly safe when ‘the essentials’ are applied. However, it can be surprisingly dangerous if...
AVALANCHE SAFETY IN 15 MINUTES – A VIDEO

AVALANCHE SAFETY IN 15 MINUTES – A VIDEO

A new Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) off-piste and ski touring ‘Essentials’ this Autumn: on tour and on line. Practical accident reduction points you can apply right now – see this video introduction to our ‘Essentials Talk’ 2022 . For...
Snowpack stabilization due to wet snow and high temperatures

Snowpack stabilization due to wet snow and high temperatures

Current off-piste conditions in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas, and forecast for new year’s week Snow conditions in the N French Alps over the last few days are a classic example of how, after causing initial instability, wet snow, high temperatures...