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The Knowledge is Powder is a UK based skiing and snowboarding podcast in which people ramble on about winter sports all year long.
It is hosted by Jim Duncombe and Iain Martin who will be joined by guests from the world of snow to chat about wintery stuff and probe around in the avalanche of ski news.
Jim is a passionate skier and snowboarder who compleated numerous seasons and has continued to earn a living from skiing since retiring from the mountain life. His jobs have included badly selling ski holidays, reading complaint letters for a large tour operator, recruiting chalet staff and marketing. He currently creates content and blogs for a variety of winter sports companies.
Iain is part of the ski and snowboard industry furniture. Like Jim, he spent many winters in the mountains and went on to build two successful companies a seasoned worker community and job portal. More recently Iain founded a digital marketing & PR consultancy.
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In this episode Jim reports from his travels to Switzerland and Bulgaria and Iain has been to Courchevel by train.  We discuss the merits of Ski Sunday and pick a new book for our 'Ski Book Group. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support.  Show Notes Chamonix has recorded its warmest winter on record ( so far  We discussed how to ski on ice in Episode 46 ( Jim visited Val d'Hérens ( in the Valais region of Switzerland Jim is making full use out of his Magic Pass, which we discussed back in Episode 35 ( The Patrouille des Glaciers ( race takes place in April Pippa Middleton took part in this race. Iain interviewed her about it way back in Episode 6 ( Iain travelled out to Courchevel via Eurostar ( and SNCF ( , booked direct with each company, as part of his work on the Ski Flight Free ( campaign  Courchevel is hosting the 2023 World Ski Championships ( in partnership with Meribel The downhill course will start from the Col de la Loze, travel down via a new piste cut from the trees, join Jockeys piste and finish in Le Praz  Jim visited Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria as a guest of Balkan Holidays (  Is Ski Sunday ( worth watching? You’ve got one episode left if you want to find out  They did show us this shocking and gripping accident from the bad old days of the Hahnenkamm  Ski Sunday did give the World Youth Games in Lausanne excellent coverage And there was an interview with Katie Ormerod, who is having a cracking season and leads the World Cup in Snowboard Slopestyle ( after a 3rd successive podium Dave Ryding took a 7th in the slalom in Schladming It’s Ski Book Group time again – this time around Jim and Iain will be reading 'Aiming High' ( - life of Miss Erna Low, founder of…Erna Low ( Thanks to Stella Coton for her kind words: “It's a really good listen!” If you’d like to give us a review, then please pop along to iTunes and share your thoughts  Don’t forget that if you’d like some The Ski Podcast stickers, then please email ( with your address and we’ll get some sent out to you Don’t forget to subscribe to The Ski Podcast wherever you download your podcasts so you never miss another episode
In Episode 47, Jim and Iain discuss cancelled flights at Chambéry, descending the legendary Vallée Blanche and we learn how to ski with your dog.  There's advice on skiing near Innsbruck, the latest news from Team GB - including the ski jump successors to Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support. Fog closed down Chambéry airport (or more specifically TUI flights to the airport) generating a lot of coverage in The Telegraph ( , The Indie ( , The Mirror ( and more We discussed skiing in Hakuba in Japan in Episode 41 ( Jim visited the Swiss resort of Ovronnaz ( as he makes the most out of his Magic Pass We discussed the Magic Pass in Episode 35 ( The Winter Youth Olympics have continued in Lausanne 2020 in Switzerland ( Mani Cooper and Sam Bolton both represented Team GB in the ski jump ( Glynn Pedersen ( represented Team GB at Vancouver in 2002 Iain spoke to Caroline Elliot, owner of Fjord, a Search and Rescue dog ( about tips for skiing with your dog Jim enjoyed his first descent on the famous Vallee Blanche off-piste run in Chamonix (,26,en.html) Ben Hollingshead asked for advice about good skiing near Innsbruck – we suggested Kuhtai or Stubai for guaranteed snow, or Nordkette (directly above Innsbruck itself) for more advanced skiers Thanks to Chris Meigh, Daniella and Stella for their 5-star reviews Please do leave your reviews on Apple Podcasts or iTunes as it helps other people find us Thanks to Howard McGee for his cheese feedback! Also thanks to all of our listeners for helping us hit record numbers for The Ski Podcast Dave Ryding finished 7th in Madonna ( – his best result this season
In the first of our special one-off podcasts, Iain interviews UK snowboarding legend Chris Moran. Winner of multiple titles at the Brits and cover-star of issue #1 of 'White Lines Magazine', Iain and Chris talk about the progression of snowboarding, the 'bad old days' of snowboarding and Britain's chances for medals at Beijing 2022.
In Episode 46, we learn how to ski on ice, find out more about the Folie Douce in Les Arcs and Jim meets our podcasting friends from the other side of the pond.   There's a Team GB update and we find out more about the 'bad old days' of snowboarding from industry veteran Chris Moran.  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support. Show Notes  The Youth Olympic Games ( are taking place in Lausanne from 09-22 January 2020 Watch out for Kirsty Muir leading the way for Team GB – our hot tip for a medal Club Med have released another bullshit survey (   Seriously, do you eat 2kg of cheese a day when you’re on ski holiday? Watch out for our stand-alone episode coming soon featuring an interview with snowboarding veteran Chris Moran, in which we discuss how he ended up on the cover of Issue 1 of White Lines Magazine, how pre-snowparks they had to dig their own half-pipes and more tales of the early days of British snowboarding Friend of the Show Dave Burrows is back with advice on ‘How to ski on ice’ You can listen to Dave’s (1 hour, 41 minute) interview with Simon Butler on ‘The Ski Instructor Podcast ( ’  Jim teamed up with our podcasting friends across the Atlantic – the High Falutin SkiBums (   Iain interviewed Arthur Reversade, manager of the newly opened Folie Douce in Les Arcs ( Sisters Zoe (1st Half Pipe World Cup, Copper Mountain) and Izzy Atkin (3rd Big Air World Cup, Atlanta) both picked up podiums for Team GB Thomas Gerken-Schofield finished 4th in dual moguls in China – Team GB’s best ever result in this event APNorthfields ( asked for an episode about avalanche safety, so watch out for this coming up in an episode soon Thanks to Mike Pow on Snowheads for his kind comments  Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for supporting The Ski Podcast Go to for timing codes
In Episode 45, Jim visits Villars while Iain tests the new funicular in Les Arcs. We discuss tips for driving on snow after Iain's experience in Val d'Isère and Jim checks his sweat rate.  There's a Team GB update and we up our shred content with an interview about White Lines Magazine.  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support. Show Notes It’s virtual Christmas time on the pod…Jim has snow new Snowfeet ( from Iain, while Iain has a new copy of ‘Skiing with Demons ( ’ from Jim We interviewed author Chris back in Episode 20 (  Jim has been slacklining to improve his balance (  Iain tried #Snowga at ‘Yoga Week’ in Les Menuires in Episode 34 (  Graham Bell sells the ‘Skiers Edge ( ’ in the UK  Jim visited Villars and Les Diablerets (  He is using his 2019/20 Magic Pass ( , which we discussed previously in Episode 35  Iain and Jim swapped tips on driving in the snow Be careful out there  Iain recently visited Les Arcs to test out the new funicular (  The new Folie Douce has opened in Arc 1800  This is the statistically-impossible ‘bullshit survey ( ’ Iain was referring to Ski A&E was on the W Channel ( from 09-20 December. It's being repeated in late-Dec and into January. You can listen to our interview with the producers in Episode 43 ( and Episode 44 ( Jim found out about the importance of staying hydrated with Precision Hydration ( You can get 15% off any of their products using the exclusive discount code ‘THESKIPODCAST’ Thanks to Jake Shap for his 5-star review on Apple Podcasts  Also to Ski Bro: “Regular ruminations on all things ski from the experts!”  Thanks also to the team at ‘Where Stags Roar ( ’ for their update from Glencoe)  We interviewed Rod back in Episode 26 ( Thanks to Max Ellis for his comments via Instagram   Olympic medal winner Gus Kenworthy ( has joined Team GB You can listen to our interview with Charlotte Bankes ( (Episode 25) who also moved to Team GB, in this case from the French team  White Lines ( is bringing out its first print magazine for four years Iain spoke to Chris Moran, who featured on the cover of the first ever issue Chris Moran on Issue 1 This is the Ski Club faux pas at the KK with Mario Matt. Watch it 10:45 in. (Disclaimer - we get loads of stuff wrong too...!)
In this episode of the Ski, Podcast Jim has been to Val Thorens, Iain talks more about Ski A&E & Dave Burrows drops us a report from Verbier. There is an interview with Chemmy Alcott about getting back to skiing after having a baby, John give us an update on Timberline, we discuss our book club and more.   The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support.  Show Notes Exactly how do you pronounce ‘Gstaad’? Swiss Air and SBB are expanding their Flugzug ( programme There was no trip to Val Thorens, but hopefully Jim will be skiing soon Club Med and the ESF have agreed to open two new ski schools in China (   We previously discussed the rise of skiing in China in Episode 36 ( Friend of the show Dave Burrows reports for us from Verbier Ski A&E starts on 09 December on the W Channel. You can also read Iain’s interview in print on ( We originally featured the story of Timberline in Episode 38 (our most listened to episode) SkiBro are offering surely everyone’s dream job ( …  Sir Ranulph Fiennes spoke at the London Ski & Snowboard Festival ( Iain spoke to Chemmy Alcott about skiing again after giving birth Chemmy has previously appeared on the podcast in Episodes 24 ( , 25 and Episode 42 ( Dave Moore contacted us:  “I loved the way you and Jim took the 2star in your stride. Great stuff Sure, as you say, you're not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and the tone with which you both seem to look forward to a bad review makes it all the better!” Thanks also to @APNorthfields for the Twitter mentions and enjoy the train out to the Alps Jim and Iain are still trying to find a new book for the pod’s ‘Ski Book Group ( ’ Jim really enjoyed ‘Inner Skiing ( ’ by W. Timothy Gallwey We interviewed the author of ‘Skiing With Demons’ ( in Episode 20 What’s going on with the Ski Club of Great Britain? They lost a lot of money and you can find out more about it here (
In Episode 43 Jim gets his first turns of the season in Saas Fee, Iain finds out about the new TV program 'Ski A&E', filmed in Val Thorens last winter. Steve Angus reports in with the latest from Val d'Isère and we consider entering the World Fondue Championships. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support. Jim looks out of his window to give us a snow report for La Clusaz Sign up for free snow alerts and resort reports at ( Jim shocked by all the snow in La Clusaz Iain is on the alert for 'greenwashing ( ' with his Ski Flight Free ( hat on Definitely not greenwash are the changes made by the Tschuggen hotel group in Arosa ( , Switzerland Did you make it to the World Fondue Championships ( ? Jim (almost) travelled to Saas Fee Iain interviewed John Quinn and Sean Doherty, producers of 'Ski A&E' - a new TV series coming to British television in December Podcasting is becoming more and more popular ( Jim interviewed Reuben Krabbe ( about his Nebula project ( Steve Angus reports in with the latest news from Val d'Isère ( We had our first 2-star review on Apple Podcasts :-( On the plus side, there was some positive feedback too... Coming up in Episode 44 Interview with Hannah from Winterized Chemmy Alcott with advice on skiing again after childbirth Interview with the producers of the TV program 'Ski A&E' Feature on White Lines Magazine Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for their support of the podcast.
In Episode 42 Iain visits the London Ski & Snowboard Festival, while Jim checks out the Annecy 'equivalent' at the High Five Festival. There's interviews with Chemmy Alcott on racing weight, info on motorhomes, new lifts from Porsche and much more.  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism ( for their support. Show Notes We are delighted to announce our new partner: Switzerland Tourism ( There are new lifts by Porsche this winter in Gstaad and Arosa There is a Hublot lift in Zermatt ( Iain was at the London Ski & Snowboard Festival ( Sir Ranulph Fiennes was a bigger draw than Iain (who presented in the TalkZone about Ski Flight Free ( ) Iain in the Talkzone Jim visited the High Five Festival ( in Annecy Iain interviewed Jamie Barrow at the London show about his record-breaking plans for 2020 We've previously interviewed Jamie a couple of times ( . You must listen to Episode 4, which covers his experiences in North Korea ( .  Iain spoke to Chemmy Alcott about the challenges for a professional skier in trying to hit 'racing weight'  You can listen to previous interviews with Chemmy in Episodes 24 ( and 25 Jim spoke with Hannah from Winterised, about motorhomes in ski resorts, a topic we covered in Episode 40 ( Frank Saffery kindly gave us this review (after listening to our feature on Japan in Episode 41 ( ) Having gone back and listened to all your backcasts. Also having lived my entire adult life in Japan it’s good to have some exposure here. Thanks to 'sdstarr' from across the pond in the States, who gave us this 5-star review on Apple Podcasts:  Michael Bury kindly send us this, also about Episode 41: Just sent the link to my son, Jack Bury he's off to Niseko for the season   We were also delighted to hear from Frankie at Inghams ( after Mike's comments on their Japan package:  It was really great to listen to your Japan expert though – fascinating! Do note that our trips to Japan are of variable durations, so they can be longer that a 7-nights should guests prefer. In our 'Ask Jim & Iain' feature we tackled the question 'How do I spot a good looking helmet?' Safety and fit is more important than how it looks, but there was a divide on whether sunnies should be worn with a helmet!   The 'punter gap' issue was more clear cut Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss an episode You can also catch up with old episodes - in the last 30 days all 57 of our podcasts have been listened to, with over 30 people listening to Episode 1 ( Iain's favourite episode remains the feature on wolves in the Alps ( Thanks to all our listeners from around the world, including the Maldives, Japan, NZ and the USA ---- Coming up in Episode 43 - Part 2 of Jim's interview with Hannah from Winterised - Iain finds out about Laax, baby - Lots more…
In Episode 41 Iain finds out a women-only snowboard camp in Méribel, Jim talks to Mike about his adventures in Hakuba, Japan and we discuss why you should never ring a specialist travel agency if you're travelling on your own.  Show Notes Iain was at the winter edition of LISTEX ( We’ve chatted about Brexit in detail previously in Episode 8 ( and Episode 20 ( James Gambrill presented his research about UK consumers. You can view his slideshow with all the stats here The ‘Zuke ( ’ was one of the products pitched in the LISTEX Dragon's Den Iain interviewed Corinne Matthews (‘Cozza’) about Ticket To Ride’s Womens’ Only Snowboarding Camp ( in Méribel This week’s ‘Ask Jim and Iain’ feature is a question about single travellers Neither of us recommend you ring a specialist ski travel agency Try Skiworld or Solos Holidays ( , or maybe join one of the Snowheads ( trips Hannah James enjoyed our feature in Episode 40 about motorhomes in ski resorts, especially as she’s done a lot of it herself. You can check out her blog at ( and we’ll be interviewing her in a later episode. Jim interviewed Pod regular Mike Richards about Hakuba in Japan ( , which is now an Inghams destination Mike has previously been on the pod discussing skiing in Montenegro ( and Georgia (   Frank Saffery asked on Facebook 'if you had some Japan features' – we did also cover Niseko in Episode 32 ( Danny Mayes asked if he could hear something about Andorra or the Pyrénées – we have featured the French Pyrénées in Episode 9 ( and Episode 33 ( and Iain is travelling to Cauterets in February Thanks to Zeid for his kind comments: "Thank you so much for creating this podcast" The London Ski Festival ( runs from 24-27 October Jim and Iain would love to read ‘My Story’ by Eddie the Eagle, but only if it’s less expensive than £100
In Episode 40 Jim goes summer skiing in Saas Fee, Iain finds out about the Warm Up Weekend in Val d'Isère, it's Ski Book Group time, plus we discuss motorhomes in ski resorts.
In Episode 39 Jim and Iain find out about Women Only Ski Camps, what it's like skiing in Montenegro and chat trail running in the Alps.
Just a quick episode to let you know that we are still here and to let you know that the next full episode will be out a the end of this month. Listen for a preview of an upcoming Emily Sarsfield interview and get the latest snow conditions from Saas-Fee.
In Episode 38 Jim and Iain find out about how to start skiing if you're blind or visually impaired, offer tips on resorts for beginners and hear about a heliskiing adventure in Iceland. We find out about Val d'Isère's new podcast as well as the fascinating rise and fall of Timberline resort.
In Episode 37 Jim and Iain find out about skiing in Georgia and consider the future of the chalet holiday. We have Olympic downhill racer Ed Drake in the studio, with his views on Team GB selection, plus we look at summer the mountains, snow centre trespassers and Mt Blanc aviators/climbers.
In episode 36 Iain and Jim look to the future and see what is possible if you wanted an October ski trip. Iain has been chatting to Ski Weekend about doing the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Jim hangs out with a group of ski instructors and asks them "should you teach yourself to ski"? And there is studio chat about the Chines ski market along with a big announcement from podcast supporters
In Episode 35, Jim reports on his recent visit to Grimentz in Switzerland while Iain tests the new zip wire in Val Thorens. We look at the success of the Magic Pass, the new SnowPass, find out how to store your skis over summer and which resort is the most visited in the world... Show Notes Marmots might be cuddly, but they caused the black death and eating them raw is a bad idea (just in case you were thinking about it). Val Thorens closed on 05 May with 30cm of fresh snow on the floor Iain tried out the new three-stage zip wire in Val Thorens in April. La Plagne was top of 'Most Visited Ski Resorts' list from the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism. Snowpass goes on sale on 12 May Magic Pass is already on sale for 2019/20 Magic Pass ski resorts saw lift pass volume +30% (compared to +10% across all Switzerland) with revenue +27% (+9% for all CH) #skistat #magicpass #LISTEX #LISTEX2019 Iain interviewed Paddy Griffith from Huski at LISTEX on the challenges of growing a new business. Thanks to Merlin 127 for his 5-star review on iTunes. Simon from shared his tips on how to store your skis over the summer. Please send through your suggestions for our next Ski Book Group to Coming up in Episode 36 How to ski in October Half-Term Is teaching yourself to ski a good idea? Split-boarding on the Haute Route
It is the end of the season so Ian and Jim a reminiscing about the winter but not before they get some spring snow under their skis. Iain has been to Les Menuires for Yoga week and Jim has been over in Switzerland visiting some new (for him) resorts. Also in this episode Iain chats to Frank Baldwin editor and publisher of Skier and Snowboarder Magazine, Jim tries out cross country skiing, they chat about Les 2 Alpes and it is book club time.
In Episode 33, we find out the latest on the drug dealer behind the Courchevel fire, Iain finds out about lift pass marketing in Ax 3 Domaines and Jim discovers who the La Clusaz liftie was with The Ski Podcast sticker. Dave reveals his tips on how to ski moguls, we look at a different guiding philosophy and (surprisingly) discover that The Ski Podcast is officially one of the best Olympic podcasts in the world! Show Notes - It turns out that the La Clusaz liftie with The Ski Podcast sticker was a friend of Chloe at the Tourist Office. We're pretty sure that it's Chloe who features in this video, covered by Iain on Skipedia in Sep 2018 - Ski lift etiquette – have you ever pushed in to a ski lift queue? - The latest news on the Courchevel fire reveals it was a drug dispute between an armed cocaine supplier and his local dealers - Jacques Murat, is Commercial Director of the resort of Ax 3 Domaines. Iain wrote about his trip there last week for Planetski. - ‘Mur’ means 'wall' in French ;-) - Dave Burrows from SnowPros shared his advice on technique for handling moguls - Iain competed a couple of times in the ‘European Mogul Challenge’ series that took place in the 90s: - The Ski Podcast is officially one of the Top Five Olympic Podcasts! Long time listeners will recall that we ran a daily podcast during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics - Thanks to Huski and Dave Moore for their reviews - This is Jan’s very kind review on iTunes. Please do leave us your reviews as they help other people find us. - Thanks to Lee for his detailed email and all his comments, particularly the confirmation that we are indeed boring. Some great suggestions though and we are definitely going to include some of them in future episodes - Mark from Snowonly visited Samoen and the properties Jim was looking at can be found here. - Jim interviewed ski guide Yvan Dorier from Alter Ego Ski School - Dave Ryding finished 12th at the World Cup Finals and 9th overall in the end of season rankings - Charlotte Bankes was 4th at the World Cup Finals and finished 4th overall. Added to her Silver at the World Champs it’s a successful first season for Team GB. We interviewed Charlotte about her switch from France in Episode 25 - Charlie Guest became the first Brit to win a Europa Cup race - Jan Farrell logged a shocking 220.85 km/h to finish 12th in the speed skiing world champs - You can watch ‘The Horn’ – about the Zermatt air rescue team – on Netflix - Val d'Isère, Les Arcs, Tignes and La Plagne are organising an anti-Brexit rally in Bourg St Maurice on Saturday 06 April Coming up in Episode 34: - Jim will be trying cross-country skiing for the first time - Iain will be reporting on Yoga Week in Les Menuires - We have an interview with Frank Baldwin, publisher of ‘Skier and Snowboarder Magazine’
In this episode, Jim finds out about the legendary Ja-powder in Japan, while Iain takes a first slide at the Chill Factore in Manchester. We find out about how to buy property in the Alps, discuss whether you should eat chips in a cable car and mourn the sad loss of chalet industry stalwarts Ski Val. There's also a new selection for our ski book group. All that and much more in this 32nd episode of The Ski Podcast. Remember all pod listeners can claim a 10% discount a the north west’s premier ski and snow centre Chill Factore using the code (‘SKIPOD10’).
Woah... this is a snow-packed episode. In this edition of the podcast Iain and Jim discuss the quality of Moon-Boots, Jim goes Telemarking for the first time and they talk about Lyndsey Vonn retiring to become a cow farmer. There is also interviews with Bethany from Globalshots about her 'Beyond the Pistes' film & Linley Lewis from Ticket To Ride about the new chalet regulations. Check out the full list of what is in the pod... Show Notes - Ski suit or ski gear? Jim favours the ski suit… - There was a fatal avalanche in Crans Montana, Switzerland on 19 February - If you missed it, then this is a video of the plane crash at Courchevel altiport - Lyndsey Vonn retired second to Ingemar Stenmark with 82 World Cup wins to his 86 in the all-time list of Alpine Ski World Cup wins - Vonn started her own herd of livestock after choosing a cow (“because she was really cute”) as a prize over a $5,000 check after a World Cup win in Val d’Isere. The cow, Olympe, turned out to be pregnant and Vonn now owns a family of them. - Moon Boots: genuinely not too bad (as long as you don’t get them out of a rubbish in like Jim) - Iain interviewed Bethany from Globalshots about her 'Beyond the Pistes' film - The new TV programme about the ski patrol in Val Thorens is being filmed this season and will be broadcast later in the year - Val Thorens has introduced an autonomous bus service - If you would like to sponsor or partner with the ski podcast then please contact - Jim interviewed Linley Lewis from Ticket To Ride about the new chalet regulations and controls in place in France - Please do review us on iTunes or email or Tweet us your feedback (but if you do leave us a 1-star review, don’t be shy, tell us why – we might be able to change things!) - Iain reviewed the Eckster smart wallet: 'Designed for people who tend to lose their belongings'. Save 20% off any order by using the code ‘SKIPOD-EKSTER’ - Jim was coached on the art of telemark skiing by Wendy Holland in La Clusaz - Team GB telemarker Jasmin Taylor now had more podiums than any other British skier - Jim’s Ski Servicing interview was with Simon from Wax Off
Comments (2)

Homa Massah

Hello , Dont you want to ski in iran to record a podcast?

Oct 13th

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morning Iain .. let me know if we can meet up for a coolskijobs podcast etc

Jan 30th
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