Essentials Talk 2020

NEW FORMAT live webinar and discussion with Henry

The Essentials Talk helps you answer the critical question “Is it safe out there?” We explain that there is no simple yes or no answer. The right answer is it depends on you. It depends on

  • Where you go and when,
  • How you go down or up and
  • How well prepared you are.

The hour and a half ‘Essentials’ talk explains how to HAT checklist works and how you can use this to make going off piste just as safe as driving to the resort.

The talk is full of exciting images, videos and stories of accidents, great skiing along with close calls with danger. In this talk, we will deliver a risk management formula that will help you to see how skiing off-piste can be no more dangerous than the activities that you engage in each day.


Watch an introduction to the talk here

The Essentials talk is not just for people new to off piste

We’re going to discuss the latest lessons from recent research on the Human Factor and how it applies to decision making and risk taking in the backcountry and off-piste skiing. Why it is that when there are clear clues indicating danger, people who ‘should know better’ (have the basic training needed in order to recognise these clues) , still get caught out in avalanches?

Henry describes The Essentials talk

“In The Essentials talk, we go into the fundamental aspects of how to make decisions and reduce risks in the backcountry – Where you go and when, how you go down or up and how well prepared you are for a crisis. These skills are crucial to risk management and helping to make off-piste skiing as safe as driving to the resort itself … IF applied”

Pricing and tickets

It costs £15 per person with reductions for buying 2 or more tickets.

Choose your dates below and click on book tickets to purchase your tickets. We will email you the details and link to the Zoom webinar.

This will give you access to join the webinar presentation on the dates that you choose. Then if you do miss it, there will be a recording you can view during the following month.

You will also be able to ask questions during the session. 

Exclusive Facebook group

Once you have completed the training, you will be able to join the HAT Facebook community. This is exclusive for people who have done our training and offers the chance to ask Henry questions, to interact with other off-piste skiers and get special updates throughout the season

Event format

The talk will be delivered in two one hour presentations delivered on two consecutive evenings. We will be doing this on four different occasions this season. You need to watch part 1 and part 2 to get the full experience

Part 1     Tuesday,        3 November 2020 1830 – 1930
Part 2     Wednesday, 4 November 2020 1830 – 1930

Part 1     Sunday,         15 November 2020 1700 – 1800
Part 2     Sunday,        22 November 2020 1700 – 1800

Part 1     Sunday,        13 December 2020 1700 – 1800
Part 2    Sunday,         20 December 2020 1700 – 1800

Part 1     Tuesday,        5 January 2021 1830 – 1930
Part 2    Wednesday,  6 January 2021 1830 – 1930


The Essentials Talk 3rd/4th November 2020

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The Essentials Talk 15th 22nd November 2020

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The Essentials Talk 13th & 20th December 2020

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The Essentials Talk 5th & 6th January 2021

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