Safety is Freedom Tour

Safety is Freedom Tour

Freedom, fresh air and adventure in the mountains. We will get to experience this again! In the meantime, whilst we are locked down, we can prepare and be ready to make the most of it. HAT will keep producing advice and guidance to help us all. Knowing what...

Get the most out of your time on the mountain!

A short video overview on entertaining upcoming events from HAT. They’re mostly virtual and aimed at helping people to increase their chance of a successful – enjoyable time on the mountain. Here’s a link to the schedule of...
Off-piste snowboarder falls 10 metres into crevasse

Off-piste snowboarder falls 10 metres into crevasse

Recent snowfalls of 10-20 cm above 2500 m have made for some great ski conditions in the last few days in the Northern French Alps. While current avalanche activity has been limited to a few areas mainly above 2500 m, e.g. Mont Blanc (the Vallée Blanche and above...
OFF PISTE AWARENESS TOUR WITH ORTOVOX 2020

OFF PISTE AWARENESS TOUR WITH ORTOVOX 2020

Safety is Freedom, showing you how safety can be a liberating force! Here’s a general overview of the mostly virtual Tour this year: One of the key things that you can get out of the events, is a set of points that can help you to reduce the risks of skiing...
Direct action avalanches (or storm snow avalanches)

Direct action avalanches (or storm snow avalanches)

Spring has suddenly turned back to Winter with plenty of snowfall above 1800 m or so in the Alps With all this snow predicted over the next few days (and the resulting avalanche activity that will be occurring as a direct result of the storm) , I thought this would be...
DANGER OF natural wet snow avalanches CURRENTLY in the Alps

DANGER OF natural wet snow avalanches CURRENTLY in the Alps

Higher overnight temperatures and cloudy skies have accelerated this phenomenon… a danger for those in ‘confinement’ in the higher altitude Alpine areas. For the significant amount of people still currently living at relatively high altitude (+/-...
All skiing in France finished

All skiing in France finished

The impact of Coronavirus has now forced France to close its ski resorts and ban ski touring. The official announcement was only made on Saturday night. Many holiday makers arrived on Saturday, to find their resort closed the next morning. Ski resorts have seen a mass...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 13th – 19th March 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 13th – 19th March 2020

Sunny, settled Spring-like conditions for the week ahead in the N French Alps! Macron has closed the schools in France but ski resorts in France remain open. We’ve had some excellent off-piste skiing over the last week with some great powder snow conditions,...
Spring skiing tips, Ski the Smooth

Spring skiing tips, Ski the Smooth

  Here are some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on spring snow! Understand ‘melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow!   Melt-freeze Cycles When cold dry snow melts in the sun/heat during the day and then freezes at night that is a melt-freeze...