Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 - 11 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 – 11 April, Savoie ...

Spring-like conditions starting to appear! Off-piste snow report: 5 – 11 April for Savoie & N French Alps With milder temperatures and some sunshine forecast, we’re optimistic that ‘spring snow’ conditions will come into place in the next few days. The snow’s already beginning to transform on some sunny slopes. We need regular melt/freeze cycles to help create more widespread smooth spring snow conditions, which are so lovely to ski. These cy... Read More

Meteo France special bulletin on avalanche risk
Meteo France Special Bulletin about Avalanche Risk

Meteo France have just issued a special bulletin on the unusual avalanche risk that is present in the Northen French Alps at the moment.  You can see the original click here. This kind of special bulletin is quite unusual and reflects a significant concern that people may not appreciate the risks. Conditions have been stable for much of the season with only a few weeks of instability. Each of those weeks have resulted in some fatal accidents. The next few days represent an... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 29 March – 4 April, S...

Unsettled conditions with snow showers up high! Off-piste snow report: 29 March – 4 April for Savoie & N French Alps Not really spring conditions yet. The unexpectedly long transition into spring continues! In high altitude resorts above 1800 m, we’ve still not started having any significant melt/freeze cycles that we normally experience at this time of year. First thing in the morning there’s still some lovely wintry snow on high altitude slopes above 2... Read More

Snow & Weather Report 22 to 28 March
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 22 – 28 March,...

This winter just keeps on giving! Off-piste snow report: 22 – 28 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps Someone suggested we should start publishing reports about spring, spring snow and melt-freeze cycles this week. Normally we would be writing about this in March. However this year is different. We cannot see much sign of spring in the weather forecast. Winter continues. So this report is about winter snow in March. Off-piste snow depths remain the deepest for ... Read More

Henry Schniewind Off pIste
The ski helmet debate: Prevention should precede Protectio...

As skiers, more and more of us are wearing helmets nowadays, particularly for use on the piste. But how about when we venture off-piste?  After discussion with Henry, here’s where he and the HAT team stand on the subject…. There are certain situations when we would definitely wear a ski helmet, such as when we’re spending the day on the piste (groomed, patrolled runs). In recent years we’ve all noticed people skiing faster and faster, often bordering on ... Read More