HAT with ORTOVOX at Kendal Mountain Festival 2018
Henry with ORTOVOX at this weekend’s Kendal Mountain...

Henry will be speaking and on the ORTOVOX stand at this weekend’s Kendal Mountain Festival. Henry will be taking some of his well-known ‘Avalanche Talks’ concepts along with the ORTOVOX ‘Safety Academy’ concepts and presenting them to a large audience at the Kendal Mountain Festival that has now become a ‘must visit’ for all mountain and ski enthusiasts from the UK and beyond. Henry says: “I’m honoured to be asked to speak at such a major event and along... Read More


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


Off Piste Snow & Weather: 12 – 18 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 12 – 18 April, Savoie...

Unsettled, particularly near the French/Italian border! Off-piste snow report: 12 – 18 April for Savoie & N French Alps Still waiting for Spring conditions to properly arrive! Normally at this time of year we’re enjoying regular melt-freeze cycles, which bring nice smooth ‘spring snow’ skiing. This year, however, we’re still in transition between cold dry winter snow, and humid to wet spring snow*. When we eventually receive these repeated cy... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 - 11 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 – 11 April, Savoie ...

Spring-like conditions starting to appear! Off-piste snow report: 5 – 11 April for Savoie & N French Alps With milder temperatures and some sunshine forecast, we’re optimistic that ‘spring snow’ conditions will come into place in the next few days. The snow’s already beginning to transform on some sunny slopes. We need regular melt/freeze cycles to help create more widespread smooth spring snow conditions, which are so lovely to ski. These cy... 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
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 15 – 21 March,...

Mixed weather ahead with sunshine, cloud, and some snowfall Off-piste snow report: 15 – 21 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps Skiing in Pays Deserts 14th March 2018 There are still some excellent off-piste conditions around. Especially when temperatures are low, there is some wonderful cold, dry, light powder snow to be found. As the day warms up, this may become humidified and heavier to ski. In exposed high mountain areas the surface snow has often been wind-... Read More


Off Piste Weather & Snow Report
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 8 – 14 March, ...

Milder temperatures and some snowfall up high Off-piste snow report: 8 – 14 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps The quality and quantity of off-piste snow above 1600 m remains great! As we set off first thing, the surface snow is often cold and light. Unfortunately, with rising temperatures over the next few days, it will become more humidified and could be quite crunchy (depending on how much overnight refreeze we get). In wind-affected areas, such as near moun... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 22 – 28 Feb Sa...

Very cold, with a lot of snowfall near the French/Italian border Off-piste snow report: 22 – 28 Feb for Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths remain fantastic this season. There’s still some great off-piste skiing to be found above 1500 m or so. With continuing low temperatures, there’s some incredible cold light powder snow out there. And it will remain very cold at least until next week…. When venturing off-piste, we’ve been finding som... Read More


Off Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off Piste Snow Report & Weather: 15 – 21 Feb Sa...

Milder temperatures, cloudy and unsettled with some snowfall Off-piste snow report: 15 – 21 Feb for Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths are still extremely good, and probably will be so until the end of season and beyond. There’s currently still some fantastic powder snow to be found. Unfortunately, as it gets milder from Thursday afternoon onwards, the snow will become heavier and more humidified, particularly at altitudes below 2000 m. It will be a lot... Read More