Fatal Avalanche in Tignes
Expert’s thoughts following Tignes avalanche

Following this week’s tragic Tignes avalanche, interesting words from expert Dominique Létang. In French. Dominique Létang, HAT Partner, is Director of L’Anena (French Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches). Speaking on France Bleu Pays de Savoie, he talks about the Tignes avalanche and this year’s particular off-piste conditions. The avalanche risk of 3 that day (and most of that week) is a risk attributed by Meteo France to roughly one day ... Read More


Fatal accident in Tignes
Fatal Avalanche in Tignes 13 February 2017

Nine people caught, four dead, two safe, three more missing. Story by: Kenny Jesus, writing for the Mountain Echo (Val d’Isere/Tignes):  13 February 2017 (2 pm) Rescue services and helicopters quickly arrived on the scene this morning after a 400m wide avalanche was released on the Lavachet wall in the Toviere sector of Tignes this morning around 10:30am.  So far six people have been removed from the debris but, sadly, only two of the six have survived.  The death-to... Read More


Off-piste
ESF Evening backcountry training – Val d’Isèr...

Backcountry skiing awareness sessions are happening with the ESF Val d’Isère and HAT this season at 6 pm every Monday in the Jardin d’Enfant cabin. The goal is to help people better understand, and thus better enjoy, off-piste skiing. We’re thrilled to be involved in the English production of backcountry skiing awareness sessions with the ESF Val d’Isère. Watch a brief video on risk avoidance off-piste, followed by a transceiver training on the snow. ... Read More


Off Piste Snow Report 9 February
Off piste snow report and weather – 9 February

Nice off-piste conditions but caution required with a considerable avalanche risk. In this off piste snow report, snow depths are much improved. Drier weather and better visibility are on their way. Off-piste snow report 9 February It’s been an incredible week for off-piste enthusiasts with so much light deep fresh snow! Flat light conditions should improve over the next few days as the cloud cover gradually thins out. Snow depths are much improved in all resorts of ... Read More


Off piste snow report and weather – 2 February

Off-piste snow report – 2 to 8 February Off Piste Snow Depths (Haute Tarentaise) by Meteo France The best off-piste snow is to be found on N facing slopes above 2300 m. Here it has not been affected by recent rain, and is colder and drier. In gullies and areas sheltered from the wind, there is some nice soft snow to be found – sometimes up to as much as 20 cm (if the wind has blown it there). The wind has been howling […]... Read More