Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) is back during autumn 2022 with the ORTOVOX off-piste tour, including talks from HAT founder Henry Schniewind, an expert in the field with more than 25 years experience, in 16 venues across England and Scotland.

Stops include London, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Manchester, The Lake District and Tamworth.

The tour will also include a number of outdoor avalanche transceiver training sessions led by members of the HAT team at Manchester, Wimbledon and Sandbanks.

The events are aimed at all skiers and snowboarders looking to venture off-piste or go ski touring: from beginners (as a point of departure) to the more experienced (as a guide to focus on accident reduction) and even for professionals (as a client-training tool and memory aid).

There are two tiers of HAT talks, the Essentials and In-Depth. It’s crucial that participants join an Essentials Talk before attending the In-Depth one. Tickets cost £19.50 for the Essentials or In Depth talks and £75 for  transceiver training sessions.

 The message of the 2022 talks is how to implement accident reduction measures to prevent being caught in an avalanche, when considering that 90% of all avalanche accidents are caused by the victims. The goal of HAT is to help skiers get the most from their time in the mountains, stay safe and have fun.

Henry will be giving an accident reduction card to everyone that attends the talks. This includes the HAT accident reduction framework which contains prompts to help skiers apply key points to reduce avalanche accidents and to stay safe.

“Using aids like this is a proven technique to help people apply the key safety points that can keep them as safe around avalanche terrain as the risks we encounter in our everyday activities, such as driving a car if they are applied,” says Henry.

‘Avalanche Safety in 15 minutes’

Ahead of this year’s Tour, Henry has made a new free-to-view Mini Talk entitled ‘Avalanche Safety in 15 minutes’, which underscores the HAT ‘Safety is Freedom’ spirit, available on Youtube, describing it as, “A great point of departure for helping people apply the key points for safer, more enjoyable ventures off-piste and ski touring. It can save your life”. 

The HAT framework for skiers includes the question ‘Is it safe’? The answer is, ‘it depends on you’. The framework highlights three areas including the decision making process of ‘where you go’, the risk reduction measures of ‘how you go’ and finally the crisis management scenarios when ‘preparing for rescue’.

The HAT framework ‘quick view’ available here: henrysavalanchetalk.com/off-piste-quick-reference

2022 Tour dates

Tuesday, 1 November – Ellis Brigham Covent Garden (Essentials)

Wednesday, 2 November – Ellis Brigham Covent Garden (In depth)

Tuesday, 8 November – Ellis Brigham St Pauls (Essentials)

Wednesday, 9 November – Ellis Brigham St Pauls (In depth)

Monday, 14 November – Ellis Brigham Milton Keynes (Essentials)

Tuesday, 15 November – Ellis Brigham Milton Keynes (In depth)

Wednesday, 16 November – Ellis Brigham Manchester (Essentials)

Thursday, 17 November – Ellis Brigham Manchester (In depth)

Friday, 18 November – Kendal (Essentials)

Saturday, 19 November – Kendal          

Sunday, 20 November – Kendal

Monday, 21 November – Ellis Brigham Braehead (Essentials)

Tuesday, 22 November – Ellis Brigham Braehead (In depth)

Wednesday, 23 November – Ellis Brigham Tamworth (Essentials)

Thursday, 24 November – Ellis Brigham Tamworth (In depth)

Wednesday, 30 November – Ellis Brigham Bristol (Essentials)

Avalanche Transceiver Training sessions:

Saturday, 5 November – Wimbledon Common

Sunday, 6 November – Wimbledon Common

Saturday, 12 November – Sandbanks

Sunday, 13 November – Sandbanks

Saturday, 19 November – Manchester

Sunday, 20 November – Manchester

Saturday, 26 November – Wimbledon Common

Sunday, 27 November – Wimbledon Common

Sunday, 18 December – Wimbledon Common

Saturday, 7 January – Sandbanks

Sunday, 8 January – Wimbledon Common

Saturday, 18 February – Wimbledon Common

Sunday, 19 February – Wimbledon Common

Webinars (all 18:00 hrs)

Monday, 10 October

Monday, 17 October

Monday, 24 October