Essentials Talk

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.


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?


Watch part one of the talk here

Henry described The Essentials talk

“In The Essentials talk, we go into the fundamental aspects of how 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”

All UK talks will be held at Ellis Brigham stores

Dates and Locations

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Covent Garden      Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Manchester             Wednesday, 30 October 2019
St Pauls                    Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Castleford               Tuesday 19 November 2019
Braehead                 Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Cambridge              Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Grenoble                 TBC
Val d’Isere               Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Covent Garden     Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Val d’Isere               Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Pricing and tickets

The talks will cost £15 per person with reductions for buying 2 or more tickets.

Val d’Isere and Grenoble events

Details of the venues, times and booking tickets will be published soon. We are planning on the dates advertised here