HAT Academy

A new programme that provides a complete introduction on how to stay safe, have more fun, manage risks and make better decisions off piste.

This is a chance to spend a weekend with Henry developing and refining your skills and confidence in Off Piste risk management and avalanche awareness

You will leave equipped with an Accident Reduction Framework and the skills to apply this to keep you and friends safe when you go off piste.

The Essentials

The Essentials helps you answer the critical question “Is it safe out there?” We explain that there is no simple yes or no answer. The right answer is it depends on you. It depends on

  • Where you go and when,
  • How you go down or up and
  • How well prepared you are.

In the HAT Academy you will cover this and go into more depth on each of the questions.

How avalanches are triggered

You will learn the latest thinking and theory on how and why avalanches are triggered. This talk uses graphics and video to show you how avalanches can be triggered by one person weighing just 60Kg. Understanding why this happens will help you reduce your risk of being caught.

The Human Factor

We discuss the latest lessons from recent research on the Human Factor and how it applies to decision making and risk-taking in the backcountry and off-piste skiing. Why it is that people who should know better, still get caught out in avalanches?

Managing a rescue – Transceiver Training

You will learn in detail what you can and must do in the event the worst happens. This covers equipment, preparation, training and the procedures. This includes one of our live transceiver training sessions.


Checklists are the key to managing the human factor and to minimising mistakes and errors of judgements. They are used in the airline industry and the medical profession to prevent accidents. You will come away with an effective checklist for managing your days out in the off-piste



Watch an introduction to the Essentials here

Henry explains his passion for the subject


The HAT Academy is for experienced skiers and those new to off piste

Even the most experienced skiers and boarders will tell you they are still learning and refining their ability to manage risk and make better decisions. The HAT Safety is Freedom approach can be applied whether you are a beginner in the off-piste or have been doing it for many years.

Henry describes The HAT Academy

The HAT Academy gives me the chance to get to know people and to provide them with practical help and guidance. With fewer people and more time, we can explore everyone’s questions. I like it because I know every participant will walk away with better knowledge and be better equipped to stay safe in the off piste and make better decisions.

Our Safety is Freedom framework and checklist is a unique way to assess and manage risk. The HAT Academy is the best way to experience it

Programme Modules

The first 4 modules are the foundation of knowledge and the basis of decision making

  • Essentials part 1 – an introduction to off piste safety
  • Essentials part 2 – how to make decisions
  • Essentials extended – the role of the human factor and an effective rescue
  • Avalanche Triggering – how and why avalanches are triggered

The second 4 are all about applying the knowledge and making the right decisions

  • Where you go in-depth – how you decide which slopes are safe
  • How you go in-depth – how you manage and conduct a group and choose your routes
  • Well prepared for a rescue/Transceivers – how to conduct an effective rescue
  • How to use the ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK – how do you use a checklist to make better decisions
HAT Academy Avalanche and off piste awareness

Pricing and tickets

It costs £295 per person.  This includes the course, the course materials, the Pocket Guide with the Accident Reduction Framework and access to HAT online training materials for follow up

It also includes lunch on the Saturday and Sunday 

Use code “Hatmultipletalks” to get a 10% reduction (£29.50 off) per person if you buy two or more tickets

The total programme takes place over a two day weekend.


Travel to the Course location

Ledbury is a charming market town on the edge of the Malvern Hills

Trains take 2 hours 35 minutes from Paddington or 1 hour from Birmingham. The station is in Ledbury

The driving time is 2 hours 30 minutes from West London or 1 hour from Birmingham

    Programme dates

    Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2021
    The programme will start at 1000 om Saturday and finish by 1600 on Sunday

    Programme Location

    The Feathers Hotel   https://feathersledbury.co.uk

    You can book to stay at the hotel or there are other accommodation suggestions.e.g. https://www.talbotledbury.co.uk
    Henry will be staying at the Feathers.

    Click on the BOOK NOW button on the hotel website.