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 A melt freeze cycle is when cold dry snow melts in the sun/heat during the day and then freezes at night....
Wet Snow Avalanches

Wet Snow Avalanches

Is climate change making off-piste skiing more dangerous? This question comes up in every talk and in most conversations that I have about the topic of avalanche accident reduction. So it will be a primary topic of my next Webinar in this autumn’s series, We...
TOP TIP “Avoid Steeps Above Terrain Traps”

TOP TIP “Avoid Steeps Above Terrain Traps”

Photo Thanks to Trevor Godfrey.   A quick off-piste and ski touring TOP TIP is to avoid steep slopes above ‘terrain traps’. During many ski seasons, more than half of avalanche deaths involve ‘terrain traps’. Simply avoiding ‘terrain...
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...
TOP TIP: ‘Finding slope aspects using shadows from the sun’

TOP TIP: ‘Finding slope aspects using shadows from the sun’

Using a shadow to discover which direction a slope faces ! If you don’t have your GPS, compass or map, here’s an easy way of figuring out where those North’ish facing slope aspects are. (The ones that I talk about all the time!). WARNING: This only...
Live Online Talks: Off-Piste, Avalanche ‘Safety is Freedom’

Live Online Talks: Off-Piste, Avalanche ‘Safety is Freedom’

If you couldn't make our Talks this Autumn, but would like to attend or to recommend them to your friends, I'll be giving two further live talks next week. This time they will be Online Talks via Zoom, that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. These live...