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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.

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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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Off-piste snowboarder falls 10 metres into crevasse

Recent snowfalls of 10-20 cm above 2500 m have made for some great ski conditions in the last few days in the Northern French Alps. While current avalanche activity has been limited to a few areas mainly above 2500 m, e.g. Mont Blanc (the Vallée Blanche and above...

OFF PISTE AWARENESS TOUR WITH ORTOVOX 2020

Safety is Freedom, showing you how safety can be a liberating force! Here's a general overview of the mostly virtual Tour this year: https://youtu.be/YZhNcNtenVU One of the key things that you can get out of the events, is a set of points that can help you to reduce...

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

The Covid-19 problem that confronts us all in this time of uncertainty is a danger we can’t see. It's a danger that seems distant and, apart from the prevention measures imposed on us, it appears unlikely that it will have a direct effect on us. It doesn't really even...

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Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk1 week ago
It has been a bit quiet on here for a few months now. But that is all about to change. From what we can gather, many skiers are still determined to get their ski fix somehow this winter. So unless there is a total lockdown in France or in the UK then some of us will get on the slopes.

I hear Grant Shapps is actively exploring two options to reduce the quarantine. Either an option to get tested after 5 days on your return and then be released or an option to get tested before you come home and get another test on arrival to secure release from quarantine. I

In the meantime, we are launching a new programme of off-piste awareness training for this Autumn. All reinvented for COVID.
Live outdoor transceiver training
Live Webinar off-piste awareness talks
A HAT Academy in-depth course
An exclusive private Facebook group to get advice from Henry and share experiences
Details are on the website
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/uk-events/the-off-piste-awareness-tour-2020/
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 months ago
Possibly the wrong side of the line for a HAT endorsed risk management approach. But stunning TV. And in the 1970’s we just enjoyed it with no qualms.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
BBC Archive
#OTD 1977: John Noakes scaled Nelson's Column, on a wobbly ladder... with no safety harness...and no helmet...wearing flares... to clean some pigeon poo. Don't try this. Anywhere. Ever.
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk3 months ago
We'll be there!
Henry's Avalanche Talk
Henry's Avalanche Talk4 months ago
My good friend Dan Egan @Skiclinics skied for over 10 years with legendary ski film maker Warren Miller and he starred in 12 of his films.

He’s just recently been involved in a documentary on Warren entitled SKI BUM: THE WARREN MILLER STORY documentary.

Preorder and watch the trailer here: https://apple.co/2NnKzRa

It’s just releasing now on iTunes. So you may be able to take advantage of the preorder price of $4.99 if you check it out now.

If you want to chill this summer with ski fun and some hilarious memories of the mountains this is the film for you!
22 hours ago
Off-piste snowboarder falls 10 metres into crevasse https://t.co/x8f85ockVj
1 week ago
It has been a bit quiet on here for a few months now. But that is all about to change. From what we can gather, many skiers are still determined to get their ski fix somehow this winter. So we are launching a new programme.
https://t.co/kSzLnHN0D0
5 months ago
ACCIDENT REDUCTION IN THE COVID ERA ‘The biggest error would be to believe that we don’t make errors’ https://t.co/M6i0cecwRJ

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Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 31st Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 31st Jan 2020

Snowfall on and off in the Northern French Alps next week! We needed more snow and we got it! Winter returned with a vengeance last Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing plenty of fresh snow accompanied by wild north-westerly winds. Read our blog on the snowpack before the...

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