Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) have launched a new season of on snow training courses, complete with avalanche safety modules for off-piste riders running, running over one or three days.
For recreational skiers or instructors looking to improve their skills and train for their mountain safety examinations, the courses, based in Val d’Isère, provide training in terrain management, risk reduction methods and rescue techniques if the worst-case scenario happens.
Courses take place between Tuesday and Thursday throughout the winter season and are led by HAT founder Henry Schniewind, otherwise known as ‘Mr Avalanche’ who has been operating for more than 30 years.
“Our big focus is on applying the knowledge we have learned because evidence suggests that complacency is one of the biggest factors when it comes to getting caught in avalanches,” said Schniewind, who continued, “Having a risk reduction framework and check list and more importantly, applying what’s on it, will mean that skiing off-piste doesn’t have to be any more dangerous than driving a vehicle on the road. If you don’t apply your knowledge, then off-piste skiing can be extremely dangerous. We teach people to avoid unnecessary errors in the same way a surgeon or soldier might use in their everyday work.”
Prices: £150 (one day course), £450 (three day course). 50% discount for 5th and 6th people if one group booking, 10% discount for bookings 3+ months in advance. HAT also offer private talks for clubs, friends and businesses.