Off Piste Snow & Weather: 7 – 13 Dec Savoie / N...

A snowy week ahead! Off-piste snow report: 7 – 13 Dec for Savoie & Northern French Alps We are due for fresh snow in the week ahead, which we need. Indeed, our friends at WeatherToSki are predicting the following (text in italics quoted directly from their website): The greatest accumulations, at least in the first instance, are likely to be in the northern French Alps, roughly from Alpe d’Huez northwards through the Tarentaise (e.g. 3 Valleys, La Plagne, Les Arcs... Read More


Off Piste Snow and Weather Report 30 Nov to 6 Dec
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 30 Nov – 6 Dec Savoie...

A cold and snowy start to the new season! Off-piste snow report: 30 Nov – 6 Dec for Savoie & Northern French Alps A chilly start to the 2017/18 season, and more snow than this time last year! Val d’Isere, Tignes and some other resorts opened last weekend, luckily, we’d received enough snow for quite a few ski runs to be prepared. Since then, we’ve also had a couple of small top ups of fresh snow (3 to 10 cm), with more […]... Read More


Kendal Mountain Festival
Henry at ORTOVOX Snowsports Session, Kendal Mountain Festi...

Henry will be presenting at the ‘ORTOVOX Snowsports Session’, at the Kendal Mountain Festival Saturday evening November 18th. He will be sharing his passion for off-piste through snippets from his Ride Hard, Ride Safe ‘Avalanche Talk’ and the ORTOVOX Safety Academy with a large audience at the festival. photo JC SOUILLAC The ORTOVOX Snowsports Session takes place at the festival on Saturday November 18, 2017 starting at 8pm in Kendal Town Hall. It will b... Read More


No Risk Zone Off-Piste
No Risk Zone Off-Piste

Know the ‘no risk’ zone for off-piste skiing!   There are very few quick, simple and accurate rules when it comes to off-piste and avalanche risk management. Indeed, most of the time we advise you to avoid going on automatic quick and simple rules because they are not always accurate and can be dangerous traps (even if they work most of the time). For example, it is dangerous to base decisions simply on the presence of trees on a slope – or to... Read More


NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

Off-piste skiing and touring can be surprisingly safe. It can be as safe as driving your car for a couple of hours a day, if you regularly apply all the risk reduction measures that you learn in avalanche training. If you do not apply these measures, it can be surprisingly dangerous. Why wouldn’t you apply simple risk reduction measures? ​Because nothing happens most of the time when you don’t apply them. Observation and research show that, even if you ski on hundreds... Read More