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Glide Cracks Mean Snowpack Stability….

17 October 2018

…. but they need to be treated with care, all the same Over the last few years we’ve been emphasizing that over 9 out of 10 off-piste accidents occur due to victims triggering the avalanche themselves. This usually happens because they weren’t applying basic accident prevention risk reduction measures at the time of the accident. We talk about ‘recent avalanche activity’ as a clue of instability. By this, we are referring to recent cold dry slab avalanches. This is the type of avalanche […]

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What is the Risk of Riding in Avalanche Terrain?

9 October 2018

This is the title of a blog posted by Bruce Tremper in 2009. I am planning to examine this question in more detail this week by attending the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) in Innsbruck. I hope to be posting more about this whilst I am there. Here is a link to Bruce Tremper’s blog where he raises some powerful questions. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog/15826 In the introduction, he observes Our lives revolve around risk but it’s a concept most of us don’t understand well. The […]

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The Ortovox Off-piste Awareness Tour is back

17 September 2018

Henry Schniewind will be visiting the UK from 23rd October to 26th November for a series of events that we call The ORTOVOX Off-piste Awareness tour. Henry will be visiting Covent Garden, Tamworth, Bristol, Manchester, St Pauls, Kendal, Fort William and The Hurlingham club in Fulham. In addition, the HAT team will deliver off-piste awareness talks in Chester, Chelmsford and Glasgow and transceiver training in Wimbledon, Bristol, Sandbanks and Manchester. Click on this link or the image for more information about the events   […]

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HAT off piste snow & weather report

19 April 2018

Great spring snow conditions! HAT off piste snow and weather report 19-25 April for Savoie and northern French Alps It looks like we’re going to have classic spring snow conditions for at least the next few days! This is one of our favourite times of the year for skiing! There’s some lovely soft, smooth snow around if you choose your timings and slope exposures right. Another great thing at this time of year is that when regular melt-freeze cycles come into place the […]

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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 12 – 18 April, Savoie / N. French Alps

12 April 2018

Unsettled, particularly near the French/Italian border! Off-piste snow report: 12 – 18 April for Savoie & N French Alps Still waiting for Spring conditions to properly arrive! Normally at this time of year we’re enjoying regular melt-freeze cycles, which bring nice smooth ‘spring snow’ skiing. This year, however, we’re still in transition between cold dry winter snow, and humid to wet spring snow*. When we eventually receive these repeated cycles of melting and freezing, the snowpack will become much more solid and […]

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