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Do you ski off piste?

Would you like to understand the risks and know how to manage them so you can stay safe and have more fun?

We have discovered that if you enter avalanche terrain and do not apply good risk management then it is as risky as base jumping. However if you do apply good risk management, then it is no riskier than driving to the resort. 

Watch Henry in this video where he explains the HAT approach to managing the risk and how we can help you to have more fun and stay safe at the same time. As we say.

Safety is Freedom

Here are 5 ways we can help you

Free practical advice

Discover the HAT checklist, get our snow reports, read our free articles, watch our You Tube live broadcasts, follow the HAT blog for the latest insight and advice.

Avalanche talks

Attend our talks to learn how to apply the HAT checklist so you can make going off piste no more risky than driving to the resort. This is an introduction to avalanche awareness

Transceiver training

Join one of our sessions so that if the worst happens, learn  how to locate a victim in 5 minutes and dig them out in 15 minutes using the transceiver, shovel and probe.

On snow courses

Experience the off piste and learn how to apply the HAT checklist and risk management on the snow. Spend time with Henry  discovering the amazing off piste terrain in Val d’Isere and Tignes.

Online training

Invest time studying our avalanche talks and transceiver training before you go out to the mountains. Use these as a reminder.

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ACCIDENT REDUCTION IN THE COVID ERA ‘The biggest error would be to believe that we don’t make errors’

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Direct action avalanches

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DANGER OF natural wet snow avalanches CURRENTLY in the Alps

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 months ago
The avalanche bulletin for today is really quite blunt and simple. All aspects of all slopes have a high risk of avalanche due to the volume of fresh snow that has fallen and is still falling, plus there is a weak layer. The professionals are talking about the risk of spontaneous avalanches as well as those triggered by a skier.

On Monday prior to the snowfall Alain Duclos from has highlighted to the professional guide community that there is significant evidence of a weak layer just below the top of the snowpack in many places. Click to read more
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 months ago
Henry from Henry's Avalanche Talks gives his advice on how to stay safe on the ski slopes.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk7 months ago
Some great coverage of the mountain safety message by Caroline E Elliott and Fjord
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Fjord the Search and Rescue Dog
ITV NEWS with Fjord and Caroline - the snow safety team.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk7 months ago
Hoping for snowfall in the Northern French Alps at the start of next week! Unfortunately temperatures are becoming mild for the time of season again, but altitudes above 1600 m should benefit from this fresh snow. Around 10-15 cm fresh snow fell last Friday night, with air temperatures dropping considerably. This made for some great light-powder skiing over the weekend, particularly in gullies and bowls, where the wind had blown the snow in, making for nice deep powder in places. [ 1,215 more word ]
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk7 months ago
In Grenoble. 'Safety is Freedom' Essentials in English, January 27th @ 19.30! I will be at the Maison de la Montagne in collaboration with my friends at the French Avalanche Association (ANENA) and the City of Grenoble. To buy tickets and for other details in English and French see this link. If you're in the area, hope to see you there! A continuation of the ORTOVOX Off-piste & Avalanche Awareness Tour.

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