Ellis Brigham Discover Backcountry
Safety is Freedom in London & Manchester coming soon!

I’ll be delivering the ORTOVOX off-piste awareness talks in London and Manchester this coming week as part of Ellis Brigham’s ‘Discover Backcountry’ initiative – anticipating a great couple of evenings!   Complementing my talks next week on how to have fun and be safe off-piste (see below), Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports in Tamworth and Glasgow are running introductory sessions to backcountry skiing over the next two Saturdays.   These ... Read More


Glide cracks mean snowpack stability
Glide Cracks Mean Snowpack Stability….

…. but they need to be treated with care, all the same Over the last few years we’ve been emphasizing that over 9 out of 10 off-piste accidents occur due to victims triggering the avalanche themselves. This usually happens because they weren’t applying basic accident prevention risk reduction measures at the time of the accident. We talk about ‘recent avalanche activity’ as a clue of instability. By this, we are referring to recent cold dry slab avalanc... Read More


Snow & Weather Report 22 to 28 March
What is the Risk of Riding in Avalanche Terrain?

This is the title of a blog posted by Bruce Tremper in 2009. I am planning to examine this question in more detail this week by attending the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) in Innsbruck. I hope to be posting more about this whilst I am there. Here is a link to Bruce Tremper’s blog where he raises some powerful questions. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog/15826 In the introduction, he observes Our lives revolve around risk but it’s a concept most of us ... Read More


The off piste awareness tour from Henry's Avalanche Talk
The Ortovox Off-piste Awareness Tour is back

Henry Schniewind will be visiting the UK from 23rd October to 26th November for a series of events that we call The ORTOVOX Off-piste Awareness tour. Henry will be visiting Covent Garden, Tamworth, Bristol, Manchester, St Pauls, Kendal, Fort William and The Hurlingham club in Fulham. In addition, the HAT team will deliver off-piste awareness talks in Chester, Chelmsford and Glasgow and transceiver training in Wimbledon, Bristol, Sandbanks and Manchester. Click on this link ... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather: 19 - 25 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
HAT off piste snow & weather report

Great spring snow conditions! HAT off piste snow and weather report 19-25 April for Savoie and northern French Alps It looks like we’re going to have classic spring snow conditions for at least the next few days! This is one of our favourite times of the year for skiing! There’s some lovely soft, smooth snow around if you choose your timings and slope exposures right. Another great thing at this time of year is that when regular melt-freeze cycles come into place... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 29 March – 4 April, S...

Unsettled conditions with snow showers up high! Off-piste snow report: 29 March – 4 April for Savoie & N French Alps Not really spring conditions yet. The unexpectedly long transition into spring continues! In high altitude resorts above 1800 m, we’ve still not started having any significant melt/freeze cycles that we normally experience at this time of year. First thing in the morning there’s still some lovely wintry snow on high altitude slopes above 2... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 1 – 7 March, S...

Milder cloudy days ahead, with light snowfall Off-piste snow report: 1 – 7 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps We’re continuing to find some excellent off-piste conditions. With recent ‘arctic-like’ temperatures, there has been some wonderfully light powder snow to be found. With much milder temperatures forecast over the next few days, we’ll be aiming towards the higher, colder north facing slopes to find the best conditions. However, we... Read More


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