Off Piste Snow Report : 12th to 18th December 2013

Wayne demonstrating self arrest for skiers (Photo JC Souillac)


for Savoie & N. French Alps

Avoid Going for a Big Slide: Current Off-Piste Conditions in the N French Alps

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Wayne Watson photo No Fall Zone


Sunshine galore! Here's an update on current off-piste conditions in the Northern French Alps before our main regular report on Wednesday evening.

A high pressure weather system is now well-established over our area. Experts say it may persist until Christmas, so no fresh snow expected for a while! The wind has had a big effect too. Don't despair though, it's certainly not all bad news...

Off Piste Snow Report : 5 - 10 December 2013

Wayne Watson photo 3 Dec 2013

 for Savoie & N. French Alps

Off Piste snow report 30th Nov to 6th Dec

Pissaillas Glacier, Val dIsere, off piste

Winter is here again!

At HAT we’re all ready to get out into it and share what we find with you again each week here. You can follow us on also on Twitter @HenryOff_Piste and Google+ and Facebook

Here’s to a great season!

Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France Savoie on 27th November 2013)

Probable snow on Saturday. Cold sunny weather returning Sunday. Becoming warmer and remaining bright next week.
Saturday 30th: Low pressure coming in over the N. Alps, with temperatures falling again. Some spells of snowfall in the early hours of Friday night/Saturday morning and again late Saturday morning, amounting to 5-10 cm on mountain tops. Very cold afternoon with snow flurries and a few bright spells. Clear night.
Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd Dec: Sunny on Sunday, with some cloud cover possible at 2000 m. Bright spells on Monday, with E to SE winds, and likely Foehn wind. Becoming milder, 0° at 2700 m.
Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th. Remaining dry and bright, with N winds at altitude. Temperatures remaining warmer, 0° at 2700 m.

What should I do if I'm caught in an avalanche?!


Despite the fact that Henry's Avalanche Talk is mostly about prevention  ("having fun and being safe" means avoiding getting caught!), the most popular question that we are asked is, "What should I do if I'm caught in an Avalanche?".  I've heard theories about swimming fighting even rolling. Here is an excellent article entitled "Not swimming but drowning" that I found on about what you should do if you make a mistake and are caught in an avalanche.

Two key pieces of information in this article are:
  • take your pole straps off while off-piste skiing
  • make an air pocket in front of your face to form a breathing space.

Ortovox Avalanche Awareness UK Tour 2015

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Beeper training

Orotovox Avalanche Awareness Tour 2015.  

This is an opportunity to get some valuable avalanche and off-piste training without taking up your valuable skiing time when you are on holiday in ski resorts.  You can attend live avalanche talks with Henry or get some practical beeper training before you head out into the mountains

Click on the links for programme descriptions 

Ortovox Avalanche Awareness Talks - Live avalanche talks 

HAT Beeper training - practical training to learn how to use your transceiver to make a victim recovery in under 5 minutes


external website: 

HAT Avalanche Transceiver training

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Henry briefing a group in Wimbledon Common

HAT is now running beeper training events in UK 

We would argue that it is a bit impolite to ski off-piste with friends, carry all the safety equipment, but have no training in how to use it.

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