Henry Off-Piste

Avalanche safety & awareness

Henry Schniewind is one of the world's leading authorities on avalanche science and safety.


We are delighted to be offering tailor-made ski holidays to Val d'Isère, France, including a 3 day intensive off-piste and avalanche awareness course with Henry and his "A team", looking at decision-making, risk and crisis management.

Course information

3 day courses run from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive, starting on 5th December 2017 and finishing on 26th April 2018.

Each course includes:

3 days of off-piste guiding and technique tuition from Henry and his “A Team”

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) Live

Early evening briefing from Henry and his team on current and expected snow conditions and avalanche risk

HAT quick reference card


Memory aid for risk management and decision making plus coaching on how to use it


Avalanche search and rescue crisis management exercise using avalanche transceivers

Premium membership of the HAT website, giving access to all resources, in depth avalanche talks and forums

HAT certificate of off-piste excellence (COPE) recognising your participation in the course and full knowledge of off-piste risk management

Introduction to ski touring (if conditions are appropriate)

Photos and videos (where possible) of the session

Course structure

A typical course structure (subject to weather and conditions) would be:




 08.45 – 14.00

Off-piste skiing


Coaching on decision-making – where you go and when


 Early evening

Henry’s Avalanche Talk live: Ride hard, ride safe – the essentials





 08.45 – 12.30

Off-piste skiing


Coaching on risk management – how you go down or up


 14.00 – 17.00

Avalanche transceiver training (being well-prepared in managing a crisis)





 08.45 – 16.00

Off-piste skiing


Course overview (whilst skiing)

About Henry Schniewind

Henry Schniewind is an internationally renowned snow and avalanche expert who studied avalanche forecasting as part of a Geology degree in the United States, before moving 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 presentations at international snow science conferences, and has also 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 every day.


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 École Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme.

Our hotels in Val d'Isère

4 and 5 star hotel packages can be tailored around the course to suit your exact requirements. 


Hotel Ormelune ****


* Innovative design hotel

* Great central location

* Fabulous French cuisine


Guide price: £1625pp* (incl. course)


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Le Tsanteleina ****


* Charming lodge-style hotel

* Perfect central location

* Fabulous pool and spa


Guide price: £1975pp* (incl. course)


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Hotel Christiania *****


* Top quality traditional hotel

* Superb gourmet cuisine

* Excellent location


Guide price: £2425pp** (incl. course)


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Le Blizzard *****


* Top all-round luxury hotel

* Exceptional lounge/bar

* Fabulous pool and spa


Guide price: £2325pp* (incl. course)   


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Hotel Avenue Lodge *****


* Cool luxury hotel

* Excellent central location

* Superb pool and spa


Guide price: £2175pp* (incl. course)


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Course fee

Should you wish to make your own travel arrangements, we can also book course only places. The course fee is £430 with a 10% discount available for bookings made more than 3 months in advance.


Groups are normally comprised of 4 - 6 persons. Private groups of 6 persons benefit from a reduced price of just £175pp for the 5th and 6th persons.

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Call us on: +44 (0)20 3379 8450

Email us at: info@snow-wise.com

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Guide prices are based on a departure in low season - including scheduled flights, private transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a double room on either a *B&B or *half board basis, and a 3 day "Henry Off-Piste" course.