In Depth Talks

Ride Hard ! Ride Safe introduces you to the principles of how to stay safe and find the best snow when you go off piste. These advanced talks go in depth into four subjects.  Henry starts by going into how and why avalanches are triggered.  Henry then outlines a decision framework to help you answer the question “Is it safe out there today?”

The answer depends on three things:

  1. Where you go and when
  2. How you go down or up
  3. How well prepared you are

We have an in depth module on each of these three principles to guide your decision making.

Have fun ! Be safe !

Module 1 – How avalanches are triggered

We discuss the latest thinking and theory on how and why avalanches are triggered. This talk uses graphics and video to show you how avalanches can be triggered by one person weighing just 60Kg. Understanding why this happens will help you reduce your risk of being caught.


Module 2 – Where to go and when

This talk looks in depth at how you decide which slopes to go on to and at what time you are going to risk trying them out. This involves a detailed look at slope angles, the avalanche bulletins and a number of other factors.


Module 3 – How you go up or down

This talk examines route selection. So once you have decided to try and slope in the off-piste, how should you ski it? Which are the best ways down. Different skiers on the same slope will have different experiences. let Henry show you how to have the best experience.


Bonus Talk – Human Factors

Henry discusses the latest lessons from recent research on the Human Factor and how it applies to decision making and risk taking in the backcountry and off-piste skiing. Why it is that people who should know better, still get caught out in avalanches?


Bonus Training – Being well prepared

Henry talks you through how to use your avalanche transceiver (or beeper) to locate and recover an avalanche accident victim within 15 minutes.
This is a training video that shows you the 5 step sequence you should follow if one of your ski party is caught and buried in an avalanche.
Evidence shows that if victims are recovered in less than 15 minutes they have a very good chance of survival. If recovery takes longer than that, then their survival chances are much reduced. So your best chance of saving the victim life is to be capable of a self managed rescue. In this video, we show you the basics.