The off piste awareness tour from Henry's Avalanche Talk
The off piste awareness tour

At HAT we used to call our talks “avalanche talks” because they were primarily about avoiding avalanche danger. We now prefer to call them “off piste awareness talks”. We have evolved our training and events to be not just about avalanches, but about making the most of the off-piste. Off-piste is about discovering more of the mountain, it is about getting more from your skiing and for many helps them fall back in love with the sport. This is why we d... Read More


ORTOVOX ASCENT AVABAG backpack
Ultra-light ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack. Great for ski touring

Ultra-light! The ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack was originally designed for ski mountaineering. Here at HAT we reckon it’s a great option for ski touring and riding off-piste. We’re particularly impressed by how comfortable and light it is. Weight is always a prime concern when out ski touring or going off-piste. The ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack is made of tough abrasion-free material but has a ‘no-gimmicks’ design to keep its weight down. The 3D foam back-... Read More


UTAH avalanche centre education
Utah celebrates a season with zero avalanche deaths

Report from Back Country Magazine What a success for the Utah Avalanche Centre and their work to educate backcountry skiers. We have yet to make this kind of progress in Europe. But we are getting there and awareness is increasing. However there is a long way to go to get avalanche education recognised as an essential precondition for going off piste. The 2017 winter season—bringing record-breaking snowfall, high winds and extreme avy danger on more than one occasion—is o... Read More


Skier Trend discussion at Listex
Ski Trade discuss skier trends at Listex

I am spending the day at Listex (London International Snowsports Exchange).  This is a gathering of ski trade and service providers to meet, discuss and form new trade relationships.  The first session is titled Back to the Future and is a discussion on skier trends and the snowsports industry and what skiers and boarders want to do.                       Skier Trends Discussion Sean Newsom from We Love to Ski talked ... Read More


Eddie The Eagle, Aimee Fuller, Graham Bell National School Snowsports Week
Remember the first time you stepped on snow … and th...

National Schools Snowsport Week The first time on snow is quite a special moment, we can all remember that day it snowed at home and we made contact with the cold white fluffy stuff.  I am sure we can also remember the first time we put skis on and they felt very slippery. Photo credit Matt Alexander/PA Wire Here is a whole class of school children from Yewtree School in Hemel Hempstead about to try out skiing for the first time as […]... Read More