Essential training, advice and equipment for off piste skiers

Stay safe and have fun

Safety is Freedom

Know where to go and when?

Understand how to go

Be well prepared

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

 

https://youtu.be/etvj7r4KU6s

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.

Recent blog posts

In the season and the season warm up we regularly post advice, HAT updates, weather, snow reports and news on our blog

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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...

Decision-making, risk and crisis management from an avalanche point of view.

Henry Schniewind is to present a keynote speech ... ... at The Financial Planners Conference hosted by the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI) on Tuesday October 1st, at 4:15pm at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham NEC. The theme of his talk...

Download our off-piste checklist

Research has shown that checklists work to reduce errors that lead to accidents. This is very true for endeavours like off-piste skiing and the risk of avalanches, many accidents can be avoided if you use a framework that helps you to consistently pay attention to...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
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The Ski Guru tries out a transceiver training session with Henry's Avalanche Talk on Wimbledon Common.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk5 days ago
Photo this morning from Mountain Masters and YSE.
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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk6 days ago
It's 99p promo day for Chris book about brand strategy and marketing. If you can support us with a purchase on the KIndle store that would be great.
The book is about getting a brand strategy you are convinced will work. I focus on how we must attract customers not to extract more money from them. The key to this is to know what problem you solve for your customers. This defines your purpose as a business. Then there are 5 questions you must answer to attract the customers.

Thank you for your support

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
Now this post has nothing to do with off piste! But it is about a book written by Chris Radford who is in the HAT team. The book is about brands and why you should attract your customers rather than extract from them.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Attractive-Thinking-questions-successful-strategy/dp/1788601033/
It is 99p promo day this Friday for the Kindle version of my book. If you can support me and HAT on Friday with a 99p Kindle purchase that would be brilliant.
If I am able to concentrate purchases into one day then I could move up the sales rankings which helps the future of the book. #attractivethinking #book #brand #strategy
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
Not long now!!
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 weeks ago
Backcountry dot com seem to be doing their best to upset their readers and clients by pursuing pointless lawsuits. Given my understanding of trademark law they should not win. But either way their action is selfish and reprehensible. If they want a protectable name they should not have chosen a generic term
1 week ago
Attending @SnowCampInfo Snowcamp fundraising event They do great work. Look them up. https://t.co/4WjE6IRPQo HAToffpiste photo
1 month ago
Henry explains in this video, why we should all have transceiver training and what we will cover on our transceiver training courses. You can book a place on our courses here https://t.co/hAuSJrIXJK

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1 month ago
In this article, Henry discusses the central theme of this year's off-piste awareness talks and transceiver training

Nothing Happens.. most of the time

and you can watch the video of Henry triggering an avalanche.

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather 4 – 12 April 2019

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 4 – 12 April 2019

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Briefly back to winter, then here there and everywhere! Spring is all about mixed weather, often cloudy and showery, with some sunshine thrown in too. That's exactly what the week ahead will bring. Following a snowstorm on...

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather 28 March – 5 April

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 28 March – 5 April

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Spring skiing conditions, but could be more wintry next week! Lovely smooth spring snow conditions are now in place, so follow our tips below on where to find them. Many slopes away from the first warming effects of the sun are...

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather 21 – 29 March 2019

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 21 – 29 March 2019

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Hoping for smooth spring snow skiing! A high-pressure weather system is now in place over the N French Alps, bringing dry sunny conditions until the end of March The avalanche danger rating is down to 1 below 2500m and 2 in some...

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather 14 March 2019

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 14 March 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps More snow for the next few days makes it complicated! There are a few more unsettled windy days ahead, with a lot of fresh snow especially on Thursday night. There should be a sunny day thrown in on Saturday! From the middle of next...

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather 7-13 March 2019

Off-Piste Snow and Weather 7-13 March 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps A stormy week ahead with snowfall! Expect a period of snowy unsettled weather, with significant snowfall. Some days this may be just a few cm, but next week it will become quite widespread even down to 1500 m. One snow report, for...

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