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Three Days Off-Piste

Enjoy & learn about Off-Piste with Henry and his Adventure Team

What is Three Days Off-Piste?

Nothing beats the thrill and sensation of off-piste skiing. New ski equipment makes it easier and more fun so there's the temptation to push yourself further off the piste in search of the perfect powder experience. There is a risk, but you can learn to manage it if you know what to look out for.

In this three day course we show you what to look out for in order to have fun and be safe off-piste. We also show you how riding off-piste doesn't need to be any riskier than any of your everyday activities (if you didn't know that a red light means stop, then driving would be much more risky!).

Henry is the leading authority on off-piste avalanche safety in the UK and is a fully qualified ski instructor. His three day programme, based in Val d'Isère and Tignes, combines great off-piste skiing with the chance to understand the mountain environment and gain skills so that you can both have fun and stay safe out there.

In terms of technical content this '3 days Off Piste' course with Henry and his Team is equivalent to an Alpine version of the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) or the American Avalanche Association (AAA) Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals in terms of snow and avalanche training content.

Courses are open to intermediate skiers and above and run throughout the season from December to April.

*Now available as one day course.

About Henry Schniewind

Henry skiing Off-PisteHenry is an internationally renowned snow and avalanche expert who studied avalanche forecasting as part of a Geology degree in the United States and then moved to the French Alps where he works as an off-piste ski guide and director of HAT. He has given over 750 talks and courses in the last 20 years including presenting at international snow science conferences. He has published many papers and articles-often in the British press. Henry created HAT in response to the fact that 9 out of 10 victims of avalanches trigger the avalanche themselves and many of these could have been avoided. He delivers a risk management formula that will help you to see how riding off piste can be no more dangerous than the activities that you engage in everyday. Henry has been guiding off-piste for close to 20 seasons in Val d’Isère. In addition to his academic work in snow and avalanche forecasting, he holds a Fully Certified French Ski Instructor Degree from the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme. Henry and HAT are endorsed by ANENA (The French National Association for Snow and Avalanche Study). Henry is also a certified Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association and has numerous ties with other snow and avalanche organisations worldwide.

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Programme Details

Each three day course is based in Val d’Isère or Tignes and includes:

Three days of off-piste skiing with guiding and some technique tuition by Henry and his ‘A’ team.
Henry’s 'Essentials' Avalanche Talk on-line
HAT Quick Reference Card - A memory aide for risk management and decision making, plus coaching on how to use it.
An avalanche search and rescue crisis management exercise using avalanche transceivers.
Premium membership of the HAT website, giving access to all resources and in-depth avalanche talks plus forums in which you can further your knowledge and ask questions to fellow members.
A Certificate of International Standards of Off-Piste Excellence (ISOPE) to recognise your participation on a course that provides full knowledge of off-piste risk management.
There’ll also be an introduction to ski touring if conditions are appropriate.
Photos and possible videos of the session.

Typical Course Structure (subject to change depending on weather etc.)

Tuesday08:45-15:30 Off-Piste skiing and coaching on Decision Making (Where you go and When)
15:30-16:30 Discussion and Q & A
Wednesday08:45-12:30 Off-Piste skiing and coaching on Risk Management (How you go down or up)
14:00-17:00 Avalanche Transceiver Training (being Well-Prepared in managing a Crisis)
Thursday08:45-16:00 Off-Piste skiing and Course Overview while we’re skiing

**Please note: For group bookings, we may be able to offer something in neighbouring resorts.

**Please contact us on info@henryoffpiste.com, if you have any further questions.

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€530 Three Day Course

Prices are per person and are based on a minimum group size of 4 and a maximum group size of 6. If you are one group, there is a 50% discount for the 5th and 6th members. There is a 10% discount for bookings 3 or more months in advance.

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€175 One Day Course

Price is per person (for a group booking of 5 - 6 people, 5th & 6th people go half-price).
Condensed version of the 3 day course.

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Course Prerequisites

We run these courses from Introductory Level off-piste (you can confidently get down a steep red run and traverse a slope in fresh snow) to Advanced Level off-piste (you can link as many turns as you want in light fresh snow). See our description of different off-piste levels to determine your level.
**Please contact us on info@henryoffpiste.com, if you have any further questions.

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Henry gave us not only an unforgettable day of guiding but absolutely invaluable real-world mountain advice. He managed to pack in the major essentials of his on-line video chats with expertly guided pow lines all day. Laid back and easy going, yet incredibly "on it". I couldn't think of a better guide!

David Knox

March 2012

After my first attempt, Henry had one piece of advice: “For balance plant your poles in front of you thus.” It worked like magic. We headed for the Col de L’Isèran, virgin slopes. Technique in place, everything came together.

Clare Mann

Daily Telegraph Travel - Feb 2013

I just attended one of Henry's courses. Absolutely brilliant. Great education - made absolute sense. Could save your life one day.

Jonathan Dowling

Director Gravity Flooring Ltd

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