Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report 14-21 Feb 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 14-20 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Wall to wall sunshine for at least the next week, and great skiing conditions! It’s beginning to feel almost spring-like with milder temperatures and sunny skies. A high pressure weather system is in place, and looks likely to remain for at least a week. No fresh snowfall is expected. We recommend you don’t skimp on the suncream! Snow coverage is excellent, and only total powder hounds need to fret about lack of fresh snowfall o... Read More


Super Arcelle 4th Feb 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 7-13 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Fantastic skiing available but many people are taking crazy risks, please read On Monday 4th February we picked up reports of 10 people caught in 4 separate accidental slab avalanches (‘accidental’ means they were triggered by people) in Val d’Isère alone. The avalanches took the victims for big, potentially dangerous rides. There were no people taken in natural avalanches. Most of these accidental avalanches were not mad... Read More


On-Line Off-Piste Essentials Talk
On-line Off-Piste Safety Talk

Fresh snow but danger in the Alps! Hi everybody In view of the exciting snowfalls we’ve been receiving, great skiing and the unstable conditions that have resulted (even right next to the piste), I’ve produced an On-Line Off-Piste ‘Essentials Talk‘. It’s aimed at helping you have fun and be safe off-piste. The benefit of it being an on-line talk is that it can be watched as many times as you like via computer, w... Read More


Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 31 Jan-6 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Great skiing, but watch out for significant avalanche danger over the next few days with significant snowfall expected Low-pressure weather systems remain in charge over the Alps until Sunday delivering more snow, especially on Friday and Saturday. Fluctuating temperatures will make for unstable conditions below 2000m. A weak layer makes the snowpack unstable higher up. On Monday, the high pressure kicks in delivering more stable weather. S... Read More


Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report 24 - 31 Jan 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 24 – 31 Jan 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Variable weather ahead with a little fresh snowfall Expecting light snow on Sunday and more significant new snow on Wednesday. In the meantime there will be cold temperatures and some sun, some cloud and some light snowfall. But not much wind. Signs are the weather is a lot more unstable after 2nd Feb – we will see. There are some lovely cold soft snow conditions around though, particularly on high N facing slopes. Over the last [&hel... Read More


Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report for Savoie & N French Alps 17 - 24 Jan
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 17-24 Jan 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Cold temperatures and a little more snowfall With some fresh top-ups of snow (anything between 5 to 40 cm) we’ve been finding some fantastic off-piste conditions over the last few days. There’s some lovely cold powder snow still to be found, particularly on high North facing slopes. And it looks as if we’re due some more smallish amounts of fresh snow in the days to come. In high exposed areas the surface has often been wi... Read More


Off-piste snow report for Northern French Alps

Special early preview video! For 10 – 17 January 2019 Complementary Video Update: Snow in the Northern French Alps! At long last snow is currently falling in the Northern French Alps! There’s likely only going to be 10 cm or so today (Wednesday 9th), but maybe 20 to 40 cm over Sunday and Monday. We badly need this fresh snow, but if it falls in amounts of 20 to 30 cm or so (or piled up into these significant amounts by the […]... Read More


Localised-natural-avalanche-on-W-facing-slope-Chris-Radford-photo
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 28th Dec 2018

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Looks like a sunny start to the new year! Happy new year everyone! After a spate of gloomy mild weather with a rain/snow limit around 2500 m, the sun has made a welcome reappearance over the last few days. We could see some cloud over the weekend, but then it should turn sunny again from Monday. Some pretty nice off-piste conditions up high. Wayne Watson photo High altitude resorts above 1800 m are faring much […]... Read More


Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 21st Dec 2018

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Milder days ahead, sun snow and rain What a great and varied off-piste week we’ve had! Conditions have sometimes been excellent with cold dry light powder skiing in good visibility (often bright sunshine). At other times it’s been much trickier skiing in heavy and humidified snow. We’ve also had some days of flat light and tricky route-finding. We even had to get the compass out once in an area we’ve skied hundre... Read More


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 can be surprisingly dangerous according to renowned avalanche expert, Bruce Tremper. At HAT, more and more, we emphasize that learning and knowing is only half the battle. The applying of our knowledge and experience is what really counts. It’s no... Read More