Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 8 – 14 Feb Sav...

Some nice ‘bluebird’ skiing days ahead, and possibly a bit of snow too! Off-piste snow report: 8 – 14 Feb for Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths remain extremely good, and probably will continue to be so until the end of season and beyond. It’s looking fantastic for some possible hut touring in the Spring! Off-piste areas easily accessed from the lift system have now been tracked out. However, by using skins and touring skis, we continue to ... Read More


Val d'Isere Pisteurs 9th January 2018
Avalanche risk assessment – post storm 10th Jan 2018

Henry tells about the likely avalanche risk and things to look out for tomorrow and the day after. This includes his observations after skiing today. He discusses why and how the danger rating can drop from a level 5 to a level 3 in just 2 days.  After all the snow, the risks turn from being large scale and widespread and threatening the town (level 5), to large-scale and widespread but mainly on the mountain (level 4), to being localised to specific […]... Read More


avalanche awareness course three days with Henry
Avalanche and off piste awareness course – 3 days wi...

3 days with Henry Henry does run off-piste and avalanche awareness courses through the season. we call each course “3 days with Henry”.  There is one is happening next week on Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th January. We have spaces available. Conditions are expected to be perfect for exploring avalanche risks and how to manage them. Conditions should also be outstanding for finding great, enjoyable and safe snow to ski on. It looks like there will have been enough d... Read More


Avalanche Val d'Isere
Avalanches flowing into the resort now

Do follow resort safety advice, road closures and path closures wherever you are in the Savoie, Haute Savoie or Isere regions.  Here is a video of a Val d’Isere avalanche running across footpaths, a car park and approaching a building. Danger rating 5 is associated with risks in the resort as well as on the mountain. The reason the danger is so high is the combination of wind loaded slopes, huge snowfall and a sudden rise in temperature this morning. This causes [&hell... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather Report 4 - 10 Jan
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 4 – 10 Jan Savoie / N...

Wild, windy, unsettled weather with more snow for the week ahead! Off-piste snow report: 4 – 10 Jan for Savoie & Northern French Alps Weather and snow conditions in the N French Alps have been, and will continue to be, extreme over the next few days. High winds are expected, along with a lot more snow or rain and temperatures above normal for the time of season. The avalanche danger this week will be directly related to a) the overall total accumulations […]... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather: 21 - 27 Dec Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 21 – 27 Dec Savoie / ...

Sunny and mild conditions for Christmas week in the Alps! Off-piste snow report: 21 – 27 Dec for Savoie & Northern French Alps   Off-piste snow depths are exceptionally good for the time of season. We’ve been experiencing some beautiful cold powder snow conditions, particularly on N facing slopes at high altitudes. With the milder temperatures and sunshine predicted in the week ahead, this will become heavier and tricker to ski. There should still be some... Read More


HAT Avalanche talk with ‘SHRED SAFE’ at Arctic Juice & Cafe
HAT Avalanche Talk with Shred Safe @ Arctic Juice & C...

Free Off Piste Awareness Talk this Monday (18 Dec) in Val d’Isère!   HAT is teaming up with Shred Safe to do an Avalanche Talk in Arctic Juice & Cafe, Val d’Isère.  3 pm, Monday 18 December at Arctic Juice & Cafe (on the Snowfront by the Val Village liftpass office, opposite Mattis Intersport).   Our goal is to educate people about the world of off-piste riding in order to maximise fun while minimising risk. As Shred Safe co-founder, Kene... Read More


Off piste snow and weather 14 - 20 Dec Savoie and N French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 14 – 20 Dec Savoie / ...

Another snowy week ahead ! Off-piste snow report: 14 – 20 Dec for Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths have increased dramatically over the last week. In the Haute Tarentaise area of Savoie (e.g. Val d’Isere/Tignes) there’s now about 160 cm snow on N facing slopes above 2500 m. And it looks like plenty more snow will be falling in the next few days! Earlier this week, we received over 60 cm of fresh snow in the space of 24 hours. […]... Read More


NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

Off-piste skiing and touring can be surprisingly safe. It can be as safe as driving your car for a couple of hours a day, if you regularly apply all the risk reduction measures that you learn in avalanche training. If you do not apply these measures, it can be surprisingly dangerous. Why wouldn’t you apply simple risk reduction measures? ​Because nothing happens most of the time when you don’t apply them. Observation and research show that, even if you ski on hundreds... Read More


The off piste awareness tour from Henry's Avalanche Talk
The off piste awareness tour

At HAT we used to call our talks “avalanche talks” because they were primarily about avoiding avalanche danger. We now prefer to call them “off piste awareness talks”. We have evolved our training and events to be not just about avalanches, but about making the most of the off-piste. Off-piste is about discovering more of the mountain, it is about getting more from your skiing and for many helps them fall back in love with the sport. This is why we d... Read More