The Essentials

Ride Hard ! Ride Safe introduces you to the principles of how to stay safe and find the best snow when you go off piste. The Essentials talk is where you should start.

In this edition Henry explains the principles of where and when avalanches occur, what is off piste, when you need to take responsibility for your own decisions and when you can leave that to the ski resort.

In particular Henry provides a decision framework to help you answer the question “is it safe out there today?” He goes on to explain how the answer depends on: where you go and when; how you go down or up; and how well prepared you are.

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RIDE HARD ! RIDE SAFE – The Essentials.

A series of 4 talks. £20 to rent for 6 months.Watch part 1 for free here.

You can watch part 1 as a free introduction. In part 1 Henry introduces you to the basics of avalanche awareness. He discusses where you have to be concerned about avalanche danger, how avalanches are triggered and why if you are buried in an avalanche you only have 15 minutes to live.


Part 2 – Where to go & when?

In part two Henry goes into more detail on the first answer to the question “Is it safe out there?” This is all about how you decide where to go and when. We focus on subjects such as slope angles, wind loading, recent avalanche activity and the avalanche danger rating.

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Part 3 – How you go up or down

In part three Henry goes into more detail on the second answer to the question “Is it safe out there?” This is all about how you go down or up or in other words “route selection”

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Part 4 – How well prepared you are

Henry talks about the last answer to the question “Is it safe out there?” We tell you how to be well prepared, what equipment you need, how to get trained. Quite a bit of this is about how you choose your skiing friends and whether you share the same approach to risk management.


Bonus talk : The Human Factor – Why experts still get caught in avalanches

This is an extra bonus module in The Essentials Talk. 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. This is content that is new to our Essentials talk.