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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

 

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

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Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. When I ask people about when and where they think most avalanche accidents occur, they nearly always reply ‘In Spring, on South facing slopes’. It’s an...

Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary

4 people on snowshoes taken in a natural avalanche today around 13h. 3 partially buried - minor injuries. 1 person buried for over two hours; he was found miraculously alive. Chances of survival under snow drop below 50% after 30 mins, thus the importance of...

I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

On this evening's webinar event, "Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?" My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days in the Northern French Alps and in parts of Switzerland not...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk2 weeks ago
An excellent overview of the effect of a sand layer in the snowpack - again present in a large portion of the Alps after it was deposited several days ago. You may need to run it through a translation app if you don’t speak French though!
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 weeks ago
PST positif. Malgré le puissant redoux en cours accompagné de pluie, Les couches fragiles profondes restent potentiellement efficaces à cette altitude. Evolu...
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 weeks ago
Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches.
A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. As far as avalanche accidents go, this is not true.
While these types of avalanches don’t claim as many lives as cold dry slab avalanches do, they still need to be treated with serious respect as this video shows... and the current conditions in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas are/will be demonstrating now!
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/rapid-warming-rain-and-wet-snow-avalanches/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 weeks ago
An authoritative report from Verbier
4 weeks ago
Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary https://t.co/3XT5tGuaFk
4 weeks ago
FROM HENRY
My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days I’m thinking of the victims, their families and friends. I’m also painfully aware of close calls that I’ve had Here are some thoughts about accident prevention
https://t.co/dtCWJJp9Ti
4 weeks ago
WEBINAR TONIGHT 1730.
Tonight's webinar is now oversubscribed. There are 100 spaces allowed by Zoom. However, we are still accepting registrations. The first 100 to join will be allowed in. You can also watch it as a live broadcast on our FB page.

https://t.co/yZGKz05OuM

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Safety is Freedom Webinars

Safety is Freedom Webinars

Next Event 21st December 2020 @ 1700 GMT Safety is Freedom defines an attitude and an approach to risk management. We have talked about this at Henry's Avalanche Talk ever since we started. Now we produce webinars to explore the subject of risk management and decision...

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Skier-triggered Avalanche in the Queyras

Skier-triggered Avalanche in the Queyras

This is a sign of things to come throughout the French Alps and surrounding areas.... On the subject of off-piste and ski touring, here at Henry's Avalanche Talk we never want to frighten people from going out into the backcountry because there's almost always a way...

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