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


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


Ellis Brigham Snowfest 2017
London Snowfest 2017 at Ellis Brigham

At HAT we’re all about helping you enjoy your skiing and adventure more. That’s why we’re involved with Ellis Brigham’s ‘Snowfest 2017’ week.  They have plenty happening in their London stores to wet your appetite for the season ahead! From 23rd to 29th October, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports stores across London will be hosting talks, great offers, and special guests popping in offering inspiration and advice, plus lots more. Henry’... Read More


The off piste awareness tour from Henry's Avalanche Talk
The off piste awareness tour

At HAT we used to call our talks “avalanche talks” because they were primarily about avoiding avalanche danger. We now prefer to call them “off piste awareness talks”. We have evolved our training and events to be not just about avalanches, but about making the most of the off-piste. Off-piste is about discovering more of the mountain, it is about getting more from your skiing and for many helps them fall back in love with the sport. This is why we d... Read More


Snowy March 6th Val d'Isere
High avalanche risk Tuesday 7th March – practical ti...

Risk of avalanche is high or very high on Tuesday There have been two avalanche accidents in Italy in the past 3 days.  See reports here and here.  Meteo France have just issued the bulletin click here and warning for Tuesday 7th March.  The danger rating is forecast to be level 4.         Judging by the continuing snowfall and wind in the resort this evening, the resort could choose to increase the rating to level 5.  they will decide […]... Read More


Lessons from the Tignes avalanche accident

We don’t have a full picture from the investigation as yet. But it is possible to identify some lessons that we can learn based on what we do know about the Tignes avalanche accident. This post makes no comment about the decisions and actions of the victims as we do not know anything about their discussions and consideration.  We do know they were fully equipped to go off piste. The official investigation will cover that. This post is to help everyone who […]... Read More


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


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