Avalanche Foglietta North January 5th 2015 Ste Foy Tarentaise

Foglietta Avalanche 5th January 2015

We have created an educational video about this accident.  You can watch it here


 This was recorded on the North Face of the Foglietta near Ste Foy in the Tarentaise. The video is followed by an analysis and discussion led by Henry Schniewind and involving one of the members of the group who were caught by this avalanche.
This product is designed to highlight some critical lessons that can be drawn from a major avalanche accident. No-one was killed fortunately, but two people were buried and several were injured.
Click on read full article below

Off Piste Snow Report : 24th - 28th January, 2015

A bit of fresh snow in Val. Photo today by Chris Souillac


Off Piste Snow Report : 17th - 21st January, 2015

Examining the snowpack layers during www.henryoffpiste.com course this week.


Off Piste Snow Report : 3rd - 7th January, 2015

Borsat West Tignes Typical Skier Triggered Slab Avalanche This Past Week A Bjorklund Photo


Henry's One Day Off-Piste Course, 12th January - spaces still available!

Escape the beaten track

You love going off piste, but do you really know if it's safe out there?

Henry's one day off-piste courses are all about increasing your mountain awareness, learning how to manage the risk and enjoying the best snow we can find!

This one day course in the Espace Killy concentrates on getting through all the crucial safety/risk management points you need to consider when going off-piste. We take key components from Henry's Avalanche Talk and put them into practice on the mountain - issues such as safe route selection, etc.
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk

Off Piste Snow Report : 27th - 31st December 2014

Snow paintings by Simon Beck, Borsat in Val dIsere. Photo by The Echo magazine, Val d Isere


Off Piste Snow Report : 20th - 24th December 2014

Atmospheric light. Photo by Wayne Watson 17 Dec, www.alpineexperience.com


Off Piste Snow Report : 13th - 17th December 2014

Ski touring 10 Dec 14 - Wayne Watson photo, www.alpineexperience.com


Beware What Lurks Beneath!

Beware what lurks beneath


It's finally starting to look more wintry in the N French Alps, with recent dustings of light snow. Even so, the snow cover remains thin and it is pretty sketchy out there. However, for those of you really keen to venture off-piste: be extremely aware of potential hazards lying under the surface....

Here in Val d'Isere, thanks to snow we've received at high altitude, we've been luckier than many other ski areas. In the Pissaillas glacier area (over 3000 m), we've been experiencing some pretty good skiing, both on and off piste. But we are needing to be very careful of obstacles in these off-piste areas, keeping our speed down, and treating every irregular bump in the snow as a possible hazard. 
In Henry's recent article for the The Ski Club of Great Britain's Ski+board magazine, below, he reveals how to spot the dangers that lie hidden just a few metres from the piste: (click on title above to read full blog post - and see the orginal article attachment)
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