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Henry’s Avalanche Talk launches ORTOVOX Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2019

Written by Fiona

September 17 2019

Winter outdoors fans are encouraged to sign up to attend the Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) tour. The 30 events take place across the UK and in association with ORTOVOX and Ellis Brigham.

The talks focus on how to manage risk when skiing or snowboarding off-piste and they are aimed at all levels of riders, from off-piste first timers to experienced veterans.

HAT tour Credit: ORTOVOX

Three HAT tour events

There are three different events that participants can attend:

The Essentials Talk – Essential information for off-piste skiers who want to have fun and be safe, no matter how experienced you are.

The In-Depth Talk – For anyone who has attended the Essentials Talk, this is an in-depth look at one subject. Henry will explore how and why avalanches are triggered.

Transceiver Training – Hands-on training and practice with avalanche transceivers. This is a practical session in the UK where you learn how to use a transceiver, shovel and probe to locate a victim in five minutes and dig them out in 15 minutes.

HAT tour Credit: ORTOVOX

The application of knowledge

The main theme for this year’s talks, above and beyond learning and refreshing the essentials, is “application”.

I has become increasingly clear that the vast majority of accidents are caused by individuals not applying decision-making and risk reduction measures. This leads to human factors and flaws being magnified within a mountain environment.

The solution is a risk reduction framework that Henry and his team will be introducing and building on across all events.

Henry Schniewind, the founder of HAT, said: “We’re going to discuss the latest lessons from recent research on the Human Factor and how it applies to decision-making and risk taking in the backcountry and off-piste skiing.

“Why is it that when there are clear clues indicating danger, people who should know better and have the basic training needed in order to recognise these clues, still get caught out in avalanches?”

All the UK talks take place in Ellis Brigham stores and the Transceiver Training sessions are held in outdoor spaces suited to hiding and locating objects in the ground.

Event costs – and a discount

Tickets cost £15 per person for the talks and £60 per person for the transceiver training sessions. There’s an “early bird” discount of 20% available until September 30, using the code hatearlybird

HAT tour Credit: ORTOVOX

HAT 2019 schedule

The Essentials Talk – Ellis Brigham Stores, cost £15 per person Covent Garden – Wednesday 23 October 2019

Manchester – Wednesday 30 October 2019

London St Pauls – Tuesday 12 November 2019

Castleford – Tuesday 19 November 2019

Braehead, GLASGOW – Wednesday 20 November 2019

Cambridge – Wednesday 27 November 2019

Grenoble – Wednesday 04 December 2019

Val d’Isère – Wednesday 18 December 2019

Covent Garden – Tuesday 07 January 2020

Val d’Isère – Wednesday 22 January 2020


In-Depth Talk – Ellis Brigham Stores, cost £15 per person
Covent Garden – Thursday 24 October 2019

Manchester – Thursday 31 October 2019

St Pauls – Wednesday 13 November 2019

Castleford – Wednesday 20 November 2019

Braehead, GLASGOW – Thursday 21 November 2019

Cambridge – Thursday 28 November 2019

Grenoble – Thursday 05 December 2019Val d’Isère – Thursday 19 December 2019

Covent Garden – Wednesday 08 January 2020

Val d’Isère – Thursday 23 January 2020


Transceiver Training – outdoor venues, cost £60 per person (3 hour session)
Sandbanks – Sunday 20 October 2019

Wimbledon – Sunday 27 October 2019

Wimbledon – Friday 01 November 2019

Wimbledon – Sunday 03 November 2019

Sandbanks – Sunday 10 November 2019

Wimbledon – Sunday 17 November 2019

Ilkley – Saturday 23 November 2019

Manchester – Sunday 24 November 2019

Wimbledon – Monday 30 December 2019

Sandbanks – Sunday 05 January 2020

Wimbledon – Sunday 16 February 2020


ALSO SEE: ORTOVOX Avalanche Awareness Tour 2019 AND

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