The Off Piste Awareness Tour
Henry’s Avalanche Talk will be visiting the UK in the Autumn of 2019 with live events where you can come and learn more about how to stay safe and have fun in the off piste. We will be showing you how the HAT checklist works and how to apply it. This is all about making going off piste as safe as driving to the resort.
There are three events
The Essentials Talk
.This is a must see talk, full of ‘essential’ information for all off-piste skiers, no matter how experienced you are.
The In-depth Talk
This talk is for those who have seen an Essentials Talk at least once and have experience of off-piste skiing, with a guide or on their own. This talk is not a comprehensive tour of avalanche awareness. It is an in-depth look at one subject: Henry will explore how and why avalanches are triggered
Come and see the Essentials talk at
You can also see the In-depth talk in
Transceiver training will be happening in
The theme is all about applying what you know
A particular focus for 2019 will be to show how off-piste skiing and ski touring can be surprisingly safe when ‘the essentials’ are applied. However, it can be surprisingly dangerous if that knowledge is not applied.
The main theme for this year’s talks, above and beyond learning and refreshing ‘the essentials’, is ‘application’, as it becomes increasingly clear that the vast majority of accidents are caused by individuals not applying decision making and risk reduction measures; and this is because of human factors and flaws that are magnified within a mountain environment. The solution is a risk reduction framework that Henry and his team will be introducing and building on in all events.
Founder of HAT, Henry Schniewind, said:
“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?
“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”
Henry also described the In-depth talks.
“Here we look at how, why and where avalanches are triggered and how you can use that understanding to help manage risk. But it’s the reinforcement of applying these strategies and how to deal with the impulsive action ‘traps’, i.e. not applying our experience and knowledge that then leads to accidents, that we explore in both talks”.