Off Piste Snow Report : 23rd - 27th April 2016

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Louise in a snowstorm. Wayne Watson Photo

 

Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France, Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps: 

Off Piste Snow Report : 16th - 20th April 2016

Beautiful clean spring snow conditions at times. Wayne Watson photo

 
Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France, Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps: 

Off Piste Snow Report : 9th - 13th April 2016

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Wet snow avalanche which happened at 15.30 on NW aspect 2400 m 4 April in ValdIsere. Andreas Bjorklund photo.

 


Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France, Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps: 

Off Piste Snow Report : 2nd - 6th April 2016

Ski touring. Wayne Watson photo



Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France, Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps: 

Off Piste Snow Report : 26th - 30th March 2016

Still some good snow around. Photo by Wayne Watson

 

Intro Hut Tour: 28 April through 1 May 2016

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Walking off the beaten track

 

Join us for a thrilling 4 days and 2 nights of skiing, touring, adventure and laughs this Spring: 28th April to 1st of May 2016

Maybe you've thought about doing a ski tour and staying overnight in a mountain hut, but don't want to commit to a week tour or longer? This short hut tour at the end of April could be the answer! You'll get a chance to find out what it's all about with a lovely group of like-minded people. It's all about getting away from the beaten track into stunning Alpine landscapes, and having a great adventure. Also great for more experienced tourers, who just fancy a short break away at the end of the ski season.
 
No previous ski touring experience is required but a reasonably good level of fitness and intermediate/good off-piste skiing are recommended.
 

Still some spaces available!

E-mail enquiries to hat@henrysavalanchetalk.com

Ride Hard! Ride Safe

Current conditions update, thicker snowpack may be more stable than thinner snowpack?

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Get an update on current conditions, where it is stable or less stable from this live discussion with Henry recorded 1800 GMT Sunday 13th March
Also why is a thicker snowpack more stable than a thinner snowpack
a 30 minute discussion
See video

Assessment of risk after a new snowfall

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One of the most important things to remember about avalanche forecasts and warnings is that: 'unstable or dangerous' means you MIGHT trigger an avalanche on a steep slope. You probably won't, but you could. If you do, it could be big enough to kill you or someone in your group. So even if the chances are that you won't trigger a big avalanche... but you could (which is basically what considerable/high danger ratings mean), you need to take steps in order to make sure that you definitely will not trigger one.

Overview of Ride Hard ! Ride Safe The Essentials

It depends on you

...but you can still have a great time AND be safe off-piste.

See how on our brief overview and new on-line talk below:

You can watch the first 20 minutes of The Essentials talk in the video clip below for FREE.  If you then want to watch the whole Essentials Talk see RIDE HARD ! RIDE SAFE - THE ESSENTIALS  (Part 1 is free and parts 2, 3 and 4 cost £20 to rent for 6 months) click here

 

 

These slides show you points that form a checklist against the human factor! Have fun out there.

off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk

Digging smart - time can be saved!!

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With widespread use of digital beepers and increased attendance at beeper training courses, search times for self contained rescues have decreased significantly. So recreational skiers are doing better at rescue techniques in advance of the rescue services arriving on the scene.  But the digging phase remains the most time-consuming part of an avalanche rescue. Being quicker at digging offers potential for reducing overall rescue times and increasing survival.

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