Anyone heading off-piste this winter can ensure they are fully prepared to have fun and be safe by attending a talk and training session from the experts.

With so many questions surrounding what off-piste skiing or snowboarding really means and where your responsibility starts and ends, especially in light of high profile accidents such as Michael Schumacher’s, anyone considering a snowsports trip which involves heading off-piste, even right next to the piste - needs to know the facts.

This Autumn we have put together the largest and most comprehensive UK Avalanche Tour yet at 9 venues across the country during October and November plus eight 'beeper training' (Avalanche Transceiver) sessions on Wimbledon Common, Southampton and Sandbanks, Poole.

Talk venues, held within Ellis Brigham stores, include Manchester, Covent Garden, Bristol, London St Paul's and Cambridge.

There are two tiers delivered by Henry's Avalanche Talk and supported by Ortovox, The Ski Club of Great Britain and the resort of Val d'Isère:

  1. The Essentials – a must see talk, full of 'essential' information for all off-piste skiers and snowboarders no matter how experienced you are.
  2. Advanced – for those who have already been to the essentials talk at least once.

The talks last for around one and a half hours and help off-piste skiers and snowboarders understand how to prevent being caught up in an avalanche (and avoid other hazards), how to make the right decisions when off-piste and how to deal with a crisis should the worst happen. Henry helps answer the fundamental questions and delivers a decision making and risk management formula that will help you understand that riding off-piste doesn't have to be any more dangerous than the activities you engage with in your normal everyday life.

The advanced talks assume you have attended the essentials talk and are about moving your knowledge on further. Various theories are discussed including, avalanche triggers and helping skiers and snowboarders understand exactly why and where avalanches happen.

Beeper training sessions are an outdoor activity event where participants learn and practice the location of victims buried underneath the snow using the latest transceiver technology that's worn by anyone venturing off-piste in a European resort or backcountry in North America.

Each of these sessions is scheduled to run for 2.5 to 3 hours and is designed to ensure anyone attending can retrieve a buried transceiver within 5 minutes. The training introduces people to all aspects of off-piste safety equipment and preparation and in particular, how to use a transceiver.

The training includes the location of eight to ten buried victims in a circuit of pre-set avalanche accident sites, mimicking a real-life avalanche rescue situation.

Venues, Tickets & Dates


£12.00 per ticket

29th October | Essentials Talk, Ellis Brigham Manchester

30th October | Advanced Talk, Ellis Brigham Manchester

4th November | Essentials Talk, Ellis Brigham Covent Garden

5th November | Advanced Talk, Ellis Brigham Covent Garden

10th November | Advanced Talk, The Kings Arms (next to Ellis Brigham) Bristol

12th November | Essentials Talk, Ellis Brigham London St Paul's

19th November | Essentials Talk, Ellis Brigham Cambridge

20th November | Advanced Talk, Ellis Brigham Cambridge

Ortovox Avalanche Awareness Beeper Training Sessions

Beeper Training > £55 for a 1 person booking, £98 for two persons, £45 per person for three persons or more on one booking

Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon Common

Hamble-Le-Rice, Southampton

Sandbanks Beach Café, Poole

Posted by: Shannon Tagged as: Ortovox