25 cm of fresh snow from last night

Sylvie JustValdisere.com enjoying the fresh snow today!


25 cm of fresh snow from last night


Off-Piste Snow Report : 25th - 31st December 2013

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Distance trigger slab 15 to 20 cm crown triggered from 50 m away (A.Bjorklund)

Attention! Slabs have already been triggered today due to wind transporting snow (wind-loading) and the weak layer of snow that has been in place for almost a month now. These slabs have been triggered naturally and at distances of 50 metres or more - see photos taken of examples in the Haute Tarentaise (Val d'Isère, 5-10 km from the Italian border) by Andreas Bjorklund.

Off-Piste Snow Report : 19th to 26th December 2013

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A HAT over Mont Blanc is a sign of changing weather (1) (photo from today 18 Dec.)

for Savoie & N. French Alps

Attention off-piste and touring enthusiasts - for the end of this week and into next week (December 20 2013 on..)

 Sometimes a bit of time helps the snowpack to settle and strengthen. This is NOT the case at the moment in the Northern French Alps.

See video

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 www.henrysavalanchetalk.com/blog 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 www.pistehors.com 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.
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