The 2008-09 HAT season came to a close with one final Talk amongst close to 600 people at the Natives Seasonal Job Shop this past Saturday in Hammersmith.
After seven and a half months of promoting 'Have Fun and Be Safe' in the off piste - including tens of thousands of participants and viewers of HAT talks, courses, web, film and print media - we did our last event of the season on Saturday in London. The venue was the Natives Seasonal Job Shop which was held at the Novotel conference centre in Hammersmith, London.
Despite boiling heat and the FA Cup final, the crowds came rolling in- most of the close to 600 people looking for opportunities next season were young winter sports enthusiasts. It was a 6 hour event that also included 5 talks on everything from how to find a job in a resort to training to be an instructor and the HAT talk on how to have fun and be safe in the off-piste!
We had a new partner, come onboard as our title sponsor along with supporting partners of the event The Ski Club of Great Britain and Arc'teryx. These brands added to the rest of the core support of our other partners (see below) allowing for a talk that was free to the public.
This event was also a great way to see some of our corporate customers in action. Ski World and Crystal, who HAT provides staff training for, were present and in full recruiting mode (I don't think they stopped talking to job applicants all day long!).
More and more young people are saying that they've achieved a good level of skiing and are venturing off-piste, but they struggle with the fact that they're not sure how to do it safely. They want to learn more so they can have fun and not worry. We had good discussions with people like this and we're helping by providing answers through HAT talks, courses and through www.henrysavalanchetalk.com
And finally, this event and the talk were great opportunities to give a bit of extra visibility to all our sponsors that contributed to making the past 7 1/2 months a success. Thanks for a great season everyone!