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Off piste snow report and weather forecast

Snow conditions in the Alps are exceptional for mid-November! This off-piste snow report bodes extremely well for the opening of the winter ski season. The fresh snow looks awesome, and we’ve heard some great reports. No doubt some of you who are already in the alps will be tempted to get your skins out for some pre-season ski touring. Tip 1 of the week We do not agree with some people’s view that you shouldn’t go out on the mountain yet. However, with ... Read More


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Sharpen your off-piste safety skills this season!

Check out our new avalanche awareness/off-piste safety courses in association with ORTOVOX Safety Academy! Coming to Val d’Isere/Tignes this season. When you go off-piste, it is essential to have the right safety equipment and to really know how to use it. In our course with the ORTOVOX Safety Academy you will learn the essentials of staying safe when you go off-piste. We will teach you the basics of modern risk management. This includes some facts about snow and a... Read More


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Evening backcountry training – Val d’Isère

Backcountry skiing awareness sessions are happening with the ESF Val d’Isère and HAT this season. 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. Happening every Monday during the season (from mid-Decem... Read More


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Is skiing off piste as safe as driving a car?

The hypothesis At HAT we often make the statement that going off piste is no more dangerous than driving your car on the road. That is provided you have the right training and experience. We know off piste is more fun than driving.  Is it safer? This article examines this assertion with some statistics. Driving a car is more dangerous than we think it is. There are 1,732 fatalities per year in the UK, 3,260 road traffic deaths in France and a […]... Read More


New mega-light ASCENT AVABAG by ORTOVOX

Super lightweight! Looks like this ‘Avabag’ backpack could well be worth looking into for the winter season ahead. The new ultra-light ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack range was originally designed for ski mountaineering. Super lightweight by reducing its design down to the essentials of safety and comfort. It can either be used as a backpack on its own or combined with the new removeable AVABAG avalanche airbag system inside, currently the lightest and smallest avalanche... Read More


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The ski helmet debate: Prevention should precede Protectio...

As skiers, more and more of us are wearing helmets nowadays, particularly for use on the piste. But how about when we venture off-piste?  After discussion with Henry, here’s where he and the HAT team stand on the subject…. There are certain situations when we would definitely wear a ski helmet, such as when we’re spending the day on the piste (groomed, patrolled runs). In recent years we’ve all noticed people skiing faster and faster, often bordering on ... Read More


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Spring skiing tips, Ski the Smooth

Here are some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on spring snow! Understand ‘melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow! Here are some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on spring snow!  Understand ‘melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow! Off-piste spring snow is one of the best things that the Northern French Alps has to offer. With lift access to all slope orientations: east, south, west and then north, you can find it […]... Read More


Off Piste Snow Report : 5th – 9th March 2016

Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France, Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps: Wintry weather with frequent snow showers, cold temperatures and light winds. Could make for some great off-piste skiing although the visibility may not be so great! Saturday 5th: Cloudy and cold. Snow showers in the mountains, and sometimes in the valley bottoms too. Sunday 6th & Monday 7th: Continuing cold and cloudy with snow showers in mountain areas. Fairly light winds... Read More