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The Ski Podcast is a UK-based podcast that looks at at all aspects of the world of skiing and snowboarding, from resorts to racing, Ski Sunday to slush.

It is hosted by Iain Martin, who is joined by guests from the world of snow to chat about wintery stuff and probe around in the avalanche of ski news.

Iain is part of the ski and snowboard industry furniture. He spent many winters in the mountains and went on to found Natives.co.uk (http://natives.co.uk) - the season workers' website. After selling Natives, Iain founded http://Skipedia.co.uk - a digital marketing consultancy specialising in snowsports - and Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org) - a campaign to encourage skier to take the train or drive rather than flying to their ski holiday. 

The podcast was co-founded by Jim Duncombe, who left the show in 2020, but still occasionally appears as guest presenter.

If you want to get in touch or take part you can email us on theskipodcast@gmail.com

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Iain was joined in Episode 59 by Megan Hughes, Digital Content Manager at InTheSnow.com (http://www.inthesnow.com) and Olympian Emily Sarsfield. We discuss the current quarantine situation, the impact on ski holidays for this winter, and Crystal’s decision to stop offering chalet holidays. Emily tells us about her experiences at PyeongChang 2018, while Benjamin Alexander suggests a title for movie as he aims to represent Jamaica at Beijing 2022. Plus we have interviews with new skiwear brand Cahaya Straits and Snowcarbon founder Daniel Elkan on the campaign to ‘Save The Ski Train’. Show Notes You can find out more about the new Eiger Express in Grindelwald here (https://v-bahn.jungfrau.ch/en/v-bahn/eiger-express)  We covered Emily’s Meribel Ski Yoga weeks in Episode 41 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7390553-41-hakuba-in-japan-women-only-in-meribel-single-skier-advice)  Does skiing on the Zermatt glacier from Cervinia require a quarantine? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter  Is this the season to try skiing in Poland?  Megan skied in Garmisch (https://www.gapa.de/en) in Germany  Les 3 Vallees have confirmed that masks will not have to be worn while skiing this winter (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.tourmag.com/Les-3-Vallees-a-priori-pas-de-masque-sur-les-pistes_a105248.html?_tmc%3DN0mJZJPJASozZyKHkxf84yb7c6RlNOmWdyfwboQgDMM&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2gFPOV38DGzONSDwXe5LYF)  There will be no chalets at Crystal Ski (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/news/leading-ski-operator-scraps-all-chalet-holidays-for-the-upcoming/&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2YgLqXCxdAInrGQqhwTxId) this season   Mt Buller is letting season pass holders choose their refund amount (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.snowsbest.com/buller-season-pass-2020/&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2RG2pYGDTtfTFFrSqHHXkd)    You can listen to our interview with Miss SnowItAll (Rachael Oakes-Ash) in Episode 56 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7632157-56-australia-nz-skiing-in-the-new-normal-in-les-2-alpes)  Listen out our Ski Podcast special interview with Benjamin Alexander (https://audioboom.com/posts/7683199-a-ski-podcast-special-benjamin-alexander-jamaican-skier) , who is hoping to be the first Jamaican Olympic Skier (or you can watch it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/1768925610081580/videos/3394058283987099) )   Emily Sarsfield competed in Skier Cross at PyeongChang 2018 (https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018) Winter Olympics  You can listen to our PyeongChang specials here (https://theskipodcast.com/winter-olympics/the-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-2018-daily-ski-podcast/)  Cahaya Straits (https://www.cahayastraits.com/) are a new company producing sustainable skiwear  We interviewed Rachael Westbrook from Eco Ski (http://ecoski.co.uk/) in Episode 57 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7648884-57-summer-skiing-in-switzerland-eco-ski-clothing-dave-ryding)  We love Patagonia! You can find out more about the Save The Ski Train campaign (https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheSkiTrain/) here  Don’t forget to sign the petition (https://www.change.org/p/don-t-cancel-the-most-sustainable-route-from-the-uk-to-the-alps?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_23338933_en-GB%3A5&recruiter=16289573&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=29b2da36782f4f38985e9f6648ff06f4&use_react=false)  Watch our Train Travel as a Facebook Live, broadcast by Ski Flight Free  It will be released in an edited version as a Ski Podcast Special on 29 September Find out more about Protect Our Winters (https://protectourwinters.uk/)  Thanks to ‘Whacker London’ for their 5-star review  Also to Chris Howie: "Great episode! Keep up the good work."  We will be reviewing ‘A Whole Life’ by Robert Seethaler (https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-whole-life/robert-seethaler/charlotte-collins/9781447283904) for Ski Book Group in Episode 60   Coming up in Episode 60  Iain will be joined by Dave Burrows, who’ll be looking at the impact of Brexit  Lucy Aspden, ski correspondent for The Telegraph, will be joining us  Interview with Team GB telemarker Jasmin Taylor  New and old ski tech discussion with David Goldsmith
In this special episode of The Ski Podcast, we interview Benjamin Alexander.  'Benji' is aiming to be the first alpine skier to represent Jamaica at the Winter Olympics. Benjamin tells us how he segued from DJ-ing around the world to skiing and then on to racing, as he seems to bring his FIS points to Olympic qualification levels.  He has the full support of the Jamaican Olympic Committee, is extremely fit and very determined, so why not listen now to hear about 'Cool Runnings 2020'.
In Episode 58 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7648884-57-summer-skiing-in-switzerland-eco-ski-clothing-dave-ryding) , Iain is joined by the super-experienced Mike Richards. We discuss skiing in Scotland and Norway, plus the latest news on how apres ski might look this winter in the Alps after both Ischgl and Mayrhofen announce plans to scale back partying. There’s ski show chat, both virtual and physical, and an interview about LISTEX 2020 and we wonder if a drone could ever tow a skier? The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support. SHOW NOTES Mike Richards has previously featured on the pod, talking about his experiences in Georgia (Episode 37 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-37-skiing-in-georgia-buying-a-piste-basher-the-future-of-chalet-holidays/) ), Montenegro (Episode 39 (https://theskipodcast.com/resorts/tignes/episode-39-montenegro-ladies-only-ski-camps-summer-in-morzine/) ) and Japan (Episode 41 (https://theskipodcast.com/resorts/meribel/episode-41-hakuba-in-japan-women-only-in-meribel-single-skier-advice/) ) Mike was skiing in Scotland in March at Glencoe and the Nevis Range Do you have memories of skiing in Switzerland back in the day? Switzerland Tourism want to hear about them… You can find out more about the Telegraph’s ‘Test4Travel’ campaign here (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2020/09/03/support-test4travel-campaign-replace-quarantine-testing-airports/) – we strongly encourage you to follow and share as much as you can Mayrhofen have announced that ski boots will be banned after 8pm (https://tirol.orf.at/stories/3060192/) and apres-ski will be scaled down Ischgl are also scaling down their apres-ski for this winter (understandably) Amazon have applied for a patent for a Drone Ski Tow (http://ow.ly/hVo150BbRSi) The ‘World’s Largest Ski Show (https://www.facebook.com/wlsshow) ’ – a new virtual ski show – has shifted its dates from October to November There is a new ski show (https://nationalsnowshow.com/) scheduled for October 2021 for the NEC in Birmingham LISTEX (http://www.listex.co.uk/) will be taking place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead in October Mike Smith asked why we’ve had no coverage of skiing in Norway? Mike visited Narvik (https://www.narvikfjellet.no/en/skiing-narvikfjellet) and Stranda (https://www.strandafjellet.no/winter/stranda-ski-resort/) in Norway Thanks to Mike Smith for his review: “I am very much enjoying the podcast. Keep at it!” Also to Loobzy and Bramski Please do give us a review on iTunes, or contact us via Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/theskipodcast) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/theskipodcast) Coming up Watch out for our Train Travel special in conjunction with Ski Flight Free coming up soon In Episode 59 we’ll be discussing new technology including predictions from the 1980s
Just a short episode as we are mid-holidays and/or quarantine time, but we have news of our next episode, plus we say goodbye and thanks to Jim.
In Episode 57, Iain reports on skiing in the ‘new normal’ on his trip to Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland - including an exclusive interview with Dave Ryding. Jim and Iain interview Rachael Westbrook from new sustainable ski clothing retailer EcoSki  Jim reveals the challenges set for him by Dave Burrows and we wonder if anything has changed in the world of ski since 1988. SHOW NOTES Jim says goodbye as he moves on from The Ski Podcast. Thanks Jim - it won't be the same without you! Jonny Goldsbrough (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.facebook.com/jonny.goldsbrough?comment_id%3DY29tbWVudDoyMzkzOTY5ODY0MjQzODE1XzIzOTQwOTAxMTA4OTg0NTc%253D&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2dAFDleDnOTAua_f0hmtXN) is "gutted" Ged Ainsworth wonders "What will happen to this essential listening for all snowsports enthusiasts?" (The good news Ged, is that it's going to keep going!) Jim reported on summer skiing in the 'new normal' in Les 2 Alpes in Episode 56 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7632157-56-australia-nz-skiing-in-the-new-normal-in-les-2-alpes)   Iain travelled by train to Saas Fee where he reported on skiing in the new normal for In The Snow Magazine (https://www.inthesnow.com/summer-skiing-in-the-new-normal/#.XyEjFzRWHAk.twitter) He also went to Zermatt, where he went ski touring up Breithorn Resorts in Victoria are closed (https://twitter.com/fallsaustralia/status/1290491247811936261) , but other Australian resorts are open New Zealand resorts are open for kiwis only and have been very busy Rachael Westbrook is the founder of new sustainable ski clothing business EcoSki (http://ecoski.co.uk/) Jim was set three challenges by friend of the show Dave Burrows Iain met Dave Ryding in Saas Fee where he is training on the glacier. We previously interviewed Dave in Episode 54 (https://audioboom.com/posts/7579703-54-how-to-build-a-chairlift-in-your-garden-dave-ryding-interview) Thanks to everyone who has reviewed us on iTunes Ged Ainsworth said: "Just to hear the title music puts me in eager anticipation  of sliding on snow again! " Andrew Brennan was looking at an 1988 ski magazine and realised that much is the same as the podcast now, with Graham Bell, Eddie the Eagle, climate change and people travelling by train all featuring! Amy Moore told us she's never heard of the Magic Pass and asked if we know of any other Alps season passes? We discussed both Snow Pass and the Magic Pass in Episode 35 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-35-val-thorens-zip-wire-magic-pass-v-snowpass-grimentz-zinal/) You can find out more about 'Ski A La Carte' here: www.skialacarte.fr (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.skialacarte.fr/FrontOffice/&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3sRX4Na07mdXB1957NKOgz) Other big area passes include the Ikon Pass (https://www.ikonpass.com/) and the Epic Pass (https://www.epicpass.com/)   Coming up We're going to have a short break through August, with Episode 58 going live on or around 08 September. Have a great summer and you can hear from us again then!  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support.
In Episode 56 Iain interviews Rachael Oakes-Ash, founder of the Australian website, Snowsbest.com. Jim reports on skiing in the 'new normal' from Les 2 Alpes and we wonder if bears do that thing in the Arosa woods.  There’s news on a new virtual Ski Show and Iain looks forward to a visit to Saas Fee. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support. SHOW NOTES Jim was summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes (https://ete.les2alpes.com/fr) Why not visit the bears in Arosa (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.arosabaerenland.ch/eng&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0T5xXohKKI6vhYqp2tbd2y) ? Iain is going to visit Saas Fee (https://www.saas-fee.ch/en/) and Zermatt to test out skiing in the 'new normal' in Switzerland The 'World's Largest Ski Show (https://www.facebook.com/wlsshow) ' will be taking place virtually in October There may be some similarity between the WLLS logo and the Chamonix logo You can sign the petition to restore the ski train here (https://www.change.org/p/eurostar-international-limited-savetheskitrain-reinstate-the-eurostar-ski-train?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_23338933_en-GB%3A5&recruiter=16289573&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=29b2da36782f4f38985e9f6648ff06f4&use_react=false) Rachael Oakes-Ash is better known as MissSnowItAll (https://www.facebook.com/misssnowitall) and runs the website Snowsbest.com (https://snowsbest.com/) , focusing on the Australian and NZ markets Thredbo and Perisher had huge problems trying to pre-sell lift passes when their websites crashed (https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/snow-bunnies-frustrated-by-access-issues-c-1120002) Mt Hutt opened last month with no social distancing restrictions Coronet Peak experienced one of their busiest night ski sessions ever, despite the current lack of a 'Trans Tasman bubble' You can watch the brilliant 'Iso' videos from MissSnowItAll on her Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/misssnowitall/videos/2627631117455632/ ) Yes, it's true. Jim is leaving the podcast. Episode 57 will be his final episode!
In this one off special, Jim and Iain were joined by BBC Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell. Questions were sent in advance or submitted live by our community and included: - Have you ever snowboarded? (Keith Webb)  - Is there any country you see joining traditional powerhouses on the World Cup circuit in the future? (Steve Whitaker) - Will we ever see a Chinese skier on a downhill podium? (Iain) - Who is the best skier you have ever skied with or raced against? (Keith Webb) -  I would love to know how you filmed opening titles for Ski Sunday - it never ceases to amaze me (Helena Taylor) - Will Ski Sunday include more mogul skiing next season, as the GB mogul team was very successful last year? (Kay Bates) You can watch the Q&A on our Facebook page here (http://www.facebook.com/1768925610081580/videos/299568544554748) .
In Episode 55 Jim and Iain chat to UK slalom skier Laurie Taylor and ski journalist Megan Hughes about how to get into the industry. There’s an update from Andermatt, news on the end of lockdown in Zermatt and we find out more about this autumn’s possible London ski show. We finish off with Dave (Burrows) and Jim debating what makes the perfect ski run – have a listen and let us know if you agree. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support Show Notes Jim has been mountain biking and hiking in La Clusaz Lars updates us from Andermatt (https://www.andermatt.ch/en) , where he works at the Radisson Blu (https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-andermatt-reussen) hotel Iain interviewed Lars about the history of Andermatt in Episode 52 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-52-aspen-ski-thief-graham-bell-andermatt/) This photo shows how Zermatt looks almost ‘normal The Portes du Soleil offered a limited number of season passes at half-price (https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19379/portes-du-soleil-sell-5000-season-passes-499.page) The website for this autumn’s London Ski Show is now live (https://theskishow.co.uk/) and is scheduled for The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead in late-Sep Megan Hughes is Social & Digital Content Manager at InTheSnow.com (https://www.inthesnow.com/) Laurie Taylor scored his first World Cup points at Kitzbuhel (https://m.facebook.com/thebritishskiacademy/posts/2892705604120434) You can view Laurie’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8LGONktuC3auL6rv741_-w) here. ‘What makes the perfect ski run?’ – let us know what you think  Jim and Dave recorded this in Anzere, previously featured in Episode 49 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-49-towed-by-a-tesla-french-pyrenees-the-rise-of-bansko/) and also the location for our Avalanche Special (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/a-ski-podcast-avalanche-special-with-dave-burrows-and-fjord-the-rescue-dog/) Thanks to Ster, Mike Pow and Primrose&Blue for your reviews on Snowheads (https://snowheads.com/) Coming Up Keep tuned to our Facebook page for details of our oncoming Live Q&A with Graham Bell. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support.
We would like to thank Switzerland Tourism for their continued support (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/switzerland-tourism-extend-sponsorship-of-the-ski-podcast/) Find out more about the Escape to Valais (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.valais.ch/en/information/landingpage/competition/escape-to-valais&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw1ql51I2p_nr0TrP9cpjFRs) challenge here The recent industry survey by Skipedia (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.skipedia.co.uk/2020/04/covid-19-uk-ski-industry-survey-results/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2vdli8QJqNemtej5OVPVs3) had some worrying results On a more positive note Chamonix (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.skiweekend.com/blog/lifts-in-chamonix-to-open-again-from-16-may&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2p2qMSWFd2YL-UrDY-AkVI) is preparing to open lifts from May 16 And there is already skiing in Austria (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19371.page&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3oUGli5e-9Xf18lCr8qnoS) Iain interviewed Steve Cross, responsible for creating the super-viral 'garden chairlift'  Thanks to Pablo Rodriguez and Leon Rossi for their reviews via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theskipodcast) and Mike for his via Snowheads Pedro Davidenko didn't agree, but 93% of our iTunes reviews are 4* or 5* - why not have your say and give us a review or send us some feedback Thanks Andrew for your question about gay ski weeks. We'll put this on the list for next season Dave Ryding is the UK's top Alpine skier with two World Cup podium finishes and four Olympics under his belt already
This week Jim and Iain go searching for good news in our post-COVID world find out about Aspen's cocaine problem and how Timberline is on the up. There's interviews with Alex from Courchevel and Mark from Disability Snowsport UK and we discover yet another Ski Club of Great Britain CEO has resigned.  Show Notes In Alpe d’Huez, they are using ESF uniforms to make facemasks (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.chaletline.co.uk/blog/2020/04/alpe-dhuez-instructors-create-masks-from-esf-uniforms/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3JYZBBAzvfSbRtNU6OGr6S) for frontline staff More face masks (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/changing-things-up-brothers-use-businesses-to-help-hospitals-across-state-country&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3yslHsPW0i3xc8cp1BVSYO) has being made in ski as businesses pivot their production Find out more about the Goggles for Docs (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://gogglesfordocs.com/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3N0s8lOvtSgdVQ1BkGlau0) project Mt Baldy opened (https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19363.page) for skiing last week, with social distancing in place Just in case you haven’t seen the homemade ski lift in a garden (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.facebook.com/skipedia/videos/355442455412891&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0GvIF_9O5S1ujBseZv7OIB) yet Zermatt has been projecting onto the Matterhorn (https://www.matterhornchalets.com/2020/04/07/the-matterhorn-a-symbol-of-hope/) to show their solidarity Zermatt has also been in the news for other reasons (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1247549719993356289&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2JMSwHmBsW43nAD38funEP) The CEO of the Ski Club CEO has resigned. Listen to our look at their travils in Episode 44 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-44-gstaad-verbier-and-your-dream-ski-job/) Jason Auslander tells us about the cocaine problem in Aspen You can listen to our interview with Jason about ski thief Derek Johnson in Episode 52 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-52-aspen-ski-thief-graham-bell-andermatt/) We first covered the problems in Timberline in Episode 38 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-38-blind-skiing-iceland-val-disere-the-timberline-story/) Our competition winner is GJ Harvey Pablo Rodriguez asked about Scotland, where Iain hopes to ski next winter and Spain (we mentioned Baqueira in Episode 49 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-49-towed-by-a-tesla-french-pyrenees-the-rise-of-bansko/) ) Jim interviewed Mark from Disability Snowsport UK (https://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/) Iain interviewed Alex Irwin about his ‘150 days of Winter (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrYz48gTOY_l542GySjWVcA) ’ project Thanks for all the reviews from Daniel King (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id%3D100004928853967%26comment_id%3DY29tbWVudDoyMzE1MTcxMTM1NDU3MDIyXzIzMTU2NDM1MDIwNzY0NTI%253D&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0fxiz7lr5bqVznRzkNNDxM) , Paul Gilpin and Leon, as well as ‘wsirhc’ on Snowheads  with the rest of the world  In the meantime, Dick Yates Smith has a different Covid message: An exclusive interview with Dave Ryding – we’ll be finding out about life behind the scenes and how his barrista training is going!
Jim, Iain and group of ski and podcast fans gathered on Friday 10 April to record a live episode of The Ski Podcast online.  Topics ranged from what do Jim and Iain actually do to what are the Alps like in the summer?  Throughout the podcast, listeners post questions to the duo via the Facebook stream or joined them live in the virtual studio.  You can watch the full Facebook Live video on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theskipodcast
On Friday the 10th of April at 11 am BST we are going to be live on our Facebook page answering your questions in an ask Jim or Iain anything Q&A session. If you would like to put a question to Jim &/or Iain, you can email jim@theskipodcast.com before the show, or you can ask us in the live stream comments or request to put your question to us live by joining us in the virtual studio. Join the FB event for a reminder https://www.facebook.com/events/2996209590457404/
This week Jim and Iain interview Graham Bell about what inspired him to take on the famous 'Hausenkamm' ski run. Iain finds out about the world's most prolific ski thief in Aspen, as well as the rise and fall and rise of Andermatt.  There's our ski book group chat about 'Aiming High' and travel advice from Dave Froome about that pesky thing called COVID-19. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support. Show Notes Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell recently filmed his ‘Hausenkamm’ demo run (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=610732869513751) …in his own house! Would you buy this Lego snowgroomer (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19331/lego-snow-groomer-may-production.page&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0uaI0bOF9AZG5AcphX1tPt) ? You might get the chance soon. We first covered this in Episode 40 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-40-summer-skiing-in-saas-fee-rowing-machines-on-mt-blanc-motorhomes-in-ski-resorts/) . Many thanks to Jason Auslander from The Aspen Times for sharing his time to tell us about notorious ski thief Derek Johnson Jim and Iain wish to confirm that we have never been involved in any ‘dodgy dealing’ during seasons in ski resorts. Thanks to Doug and Christian for their kind words Thanks also to everyone for our new reviews on iTunes… Don’t forget if you leave a review before 15 April then we will put you in the draw to win all this stash (https://www.facebook.com/Theskipodcast/photos/a.1777432869230854/2303930123247790/?type=3&theater) Iain interviewed Lars Werner from the Radisson Blu in Andermatt (https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-andermatt-reussen) about the history of the Swiss resort Jim and Iain have been reading ‘Aiming High: The Life of Ski and Travel Pioneer Erna Low (https://www.abebooks.co.uk/9781780883540/Aiming-High-Life-Ski-Travel-1780883544/plp) ’ by Mark Frary You can listen to our interview with Mark in Episode 51 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-51-digging-holes-in-the-snow-new-ski-show-covid-19/) Dave Froome from specialist agent ifyouski.com (http://www.ifyouski.com/) gives his advice about claiming for refunds on cancelled holidays easyJet might not be flying now, but you can book your 2020/21 flights (https://www.easyjet.com/en/inspireme) now Friend of the show Alex Irwin is based in Courchevel 1850 Ed Mannix runs Matterhorn Chalets (https://www.matterhornchalets.com/) in Zermatt
This Ski Podcast Special episode covers avalanche safety in detail as we look into all you need to know to make us safer on the mountain.  Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School talks about snow layers; teaches Jim how to use a transceiver properly; and looks at the different types of avalanches you could encounter. Caroline Elliot, an experienced snow patroller talks about working with her Search and Rescue dog, Fjord, who is trained to find people buried in an avalanche.
This week your hosts Jim and Iain are joined live by Rob Stewart - organiser of the UK's proposed new Ski Show. There's no elephant in the room as we start off with a deep-dive into the devastating impact the Coronavirus has had on the ski industry. Dave Burrows joins us with some avalanche advice, we interview the author of 'Aiming High' and you can win some stuff by giving us a review.  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support. SHOW NOTES The big news: yes, we are on the 7 Best Ski Podcasts (https://radseason.com/best-ski-podcasts-to-listen-to-this-winter/) list by Rad Season Did you hear about this thing called the Coronovirus? We discuss its impact on the ski industry, last week, right now and in the future In more cheery news the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival and Magazine have both been cancelled (https://www.inthesnow.com/londons-telegraph-ski-show-cancelled/) But the positive news is that a new ski show is planned, to be held at The Ski Centre in Hemel Hempstead in September Iain enjoyed his last runs of the season in Arosa and Andermatt in Switzerland Jim goes into a hole with Dave Burrows in our Avalanche Feature Watch out for our one-off Avalanche special coming out soon Thanks to Pat MacInnes for your 5-star review Would you like to win all these goodies? Simply give us a review on iTunes to be included in the draw Jim and Iain are reading ‘Aiming High (https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/138683990?iid=233391534250) ‘ the biography of Erna Low in Ski Book Group Iain interviewed Mark Frary, author of the book Coming up in Episode 52… The World’s Most Prolific Ski Thief The Rise and Fall and Rise of Andermatt Iain and Jim review ‘Aiming High’
There's a Swiss theme this week as Iain tests Jim on his Swiss summer knowledge, Jim rhapsodises about his trip to Saint Luc and Iain looks forward to his visit to Arosa and Andermatt.  We also find out which is the most average ski resort in the world and discover a national park in the French Pyrénées. The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support.   Show Notes Congratulations to us – this is Episode 50 of The Ski Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/4995750) (although thanks to our one-off and Olympic Specials we've actually on no.66) Iain shares his concerns that people are not acknowledging climate change. It’s happening and that’s why he founded Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org) . Jim put forward an excellent defence of Luchon’s decision to move snow by helicopter (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/snow-helicopter-ski-resort-luchon-superbagneres-climate-change-a9338526.html) just prior to half term The world’s first solar-powered drag lift (https://newatlas.com/worlds-first-solar-powered-ski-lift/21580/) is in Tenna, Switzerland  By the time of the next podcast, Iain will have been to Arosa and Andermatt, travelling by train via Paris and Basel The yodelling championships are taking place this summer in Basel No, you can't do 'Cow Yoga', but you can do 'Goat Yoga' in Switzerland this summer Iain took a trek in the Pont d’Espagne national park during his recent visit to Cauterets in the French Pyrenees Jim continues his report from Bansko with an interview with Gary, representative for Balkan Holidays (https://www.balkanholidays.co.uk/winter_ski_holidays/index.html) Would you like to win stuff? Give us a review on iTunes and we’ll include you in our competition to win stuff. Details coming soon in Episode 51 Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong is playing at the Zermatt Unplugged Festival (https://www.matterhornchalets.com/2020/03/03/zermatt-unplugged-2020-everything-you-need-to-know/) in Zermatt  Thanks to Jack Hennessy for his emailed re view:  Dave from Ifyouski.com explained why Courmayeur is the most average resort Martina reports on her experiences of living in Courmayeur Iain took part in the City Ski Championships (https://cityskichampionships.com/) in Courmayeur and was told to take a fall so the City boys could win Iain and Jim are reading ‘Aiming High’ the biography of Erna Low for Ski Book Group Iain interviewed the author Mark Frary and we’ll feature that in Episode 51
In this episode Jim has been busy and reports from Anzère in Switzerland as well as part two of his trip to Bulgaria. Iain is out in Cauterets in the French Pyrénées, we hear about Jamie Barrow's new world record and friend of the pod Dave Burrows joins us live to talk about an exciting new trip for next winter.  The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support.  Snow Aid Australia (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://airauctioneer.com/snowaidaustralia&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw07c6sn4eAAxEJYgMSsee1T) was a superb idea, originated by Rachael Oakes-Ash and which raised over AUD200,000 for bushfire relief/recovery and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation President Macron was in Chamonix viewing the melting Mer de Glace and launching new climate change policies It was also announced that there would be limits on the number of climbers on Mont Blanc (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/france-limit-access-mont-blanc-protect-biodiversity-macron&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3MTs87qijkydM-2mmYrPTR) (which would stop the rowing machine incident we discussed in Episode 40 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-40-summer-skiing-in-saas-fee-rowing-machines-on-mt-blanc-motorhomes-in-ski-resorts/) ) Jim visited Anzère (https://www.anzere.ch/tourism-ski-spa/welcome-anzere-1.html) in the Swiss Valais region with Dave from Snowpros Iain was recording live from Cauterets (https://www.cauterets.com/en/) in the French Pyrénées, where he also skied in Grand Tourmalet (https://www.n-py.com/en/grand-tourmalet) and visited the Pic du Midi It’s not great snow cover, but unlike in Luchon no helicopters were used to ship in snow (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51524278) Why do most skiers turn one direction more easily than another? Dave shared his thoughts Jim gave an insight into the rise of Bansko, where he was a guest of Balkan Holidays (https://www.balkanholidays.co.uk/holiday_destinations/winter_holidays/bulgaria/bulgaria_mountains/bansko/index.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=partner-website&utm_campaign=SkiPodcastFeb20) Thanks to all our listeners for helping us reach record audience numbers Thanks to Matt Hayes for his kind comments: “One of my favourite episodes yet! Great banter, insight and potential for legal action.” Also to Carolyn as she works on her 'big ski wear project' Thanks also to Craig for his 5-star review and we recommend Craig heads to Baqueira Beret (https://www.baqueira.es/) in the Spanish Pyrénées on his short break from Barcelona Jamie Barrow (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://twitter.com/JamieBarrow_GB/status/1226861981556187136&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw21bRj44y_8s9Fd9ZWTbSYu) set a new speed record for a snowboarder, towed behind a Tesla 3 EV at 183 kph We previous interviewed Jamie about his trip to North Korea back in Episode 4 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-4-jamie-barrow-north-korea-ed-sheeran/) .  Also generating zero emissions are the lifts in Les Arcs, which are all powered by renewable electricity Dave revealed details of The Ski Podcast’s first hosted trip. Join us in Morgins in March 2021. Details coming soon… Don't forget we are reading 'Aiming High' in Ski Book Group. Feel free to read as well and we'll discuss it in Episode 51 or 51
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 (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support.  Show Notes Chamonix has recorded its warmest winter on record (https://www.facebook.com/skiflightfree/posts/192301078810341) so far  We discussed how to ski on ice in Episode 46 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/46-how-to-ski-on-ice-podcasts-folie-douce-les-arcs/) Jim visited Val d'Hérens (https://www.valdherens.ch/en/index.htm) in the Valais region of Switzerland Jim is making full use out of his Magic Pass, which we discussed back in Episode 35 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-35-val-thorens-zip-wire-magic-pass-v-snowpass-grimentz-zinal/) The Patrouille des Glaciers (https://www.pdg.ch/en/welcome/) race takes place in April Pippa Middleton took part in this race. Iain interviewed her about it way back in Episode 6 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-6-pippa-middleton-skiddi-val-disere/) Iain travelled out to Courchevel via Eurostar (https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en) and SNCF (https://en.oui.sncf/en/) , booked direct with each company, as part of his work on the Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org/) campaign  https://www.facebook.com/skiflightfree/videos/265879281051218/  Courchevel is hosting the 2023 World Ski Championships (https://www.fis-ski.com/en/alpine-skiing/alpine-news-multimedia/news-multimedia/news/archive/article=courchevel-meribel-host-fis-alpine-world-ski-championships-2023) 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 (https://www.balkanholidays.co.uk/)  Is Ski Sunday (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b006v8fc/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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEGIyL_WoBk  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 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/51357553) 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' (https://www.ernalow.co.uk/aiming-high-the-erna-low-biography) - life of Miss Erna Low, founder of…Erna Low (https://www.ernalow.co.uk/) 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 jim@theskipodcast.com (mailto:jim@theskipodcast.com) 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 (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their support. Fog closed down Chambéry airport (or more specifically TUI flights to the airport) generating a lot of coverage in The Telegraph (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/news/thousands-stranded-at-chambery-airport-tui-cancelled-flights-what-to-do/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw01yZmAvd6DP7TxTbg0IFmR) , The Indie (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/tui-flight-cancelled-chambery-airport-manchester-fog-crystal-ski-a9271496.html&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3PmENK7VMkSP5pQT8zh_O9) , The Mirror (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/family-ski-trip-forced-sleep-21230795&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw1MIaPDTrhLVtYpWZyodmPd) and more We discussed skiing in Hakuba in Japan in Episode 41 (https://theskipodcast.com/resorts/meribel/episode-41-hakuba-in-japan-women-only-in-meribel-single-skier-advice/) Jim visited the Swiss resort of Ovronnaz (https://www.ovronnaz.ch/en/) as he makes the most out of his Magic Pass We discussed the Magic Pass in Episode 35 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-35-val-thorens-zip-wire-magic-pass-v-snowpass-grimentz-zinal/) The Winter Youth Olympics have continued in Lausanne 2020 in Switzerland (https://www.lausanne2020.sport/en) Mani Cooper and Sam Bolton both represented Team GB in the ski jump (https://www.chaletline.co.uk/blog/2020/01/first-team-gb-ski-jumpers-since-eddie-the-eagle-take-to-the-skies/) Glynn Pedersen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glynn_Pedersen) represented Team GB at Vancouver in 2002 Iain spoke to Caroline Elliot, owner of Fjord, a Search and Rescue dog (http://www.fjordsar.com/) about tips for skiing with your dog Jim enjoyed his first descent on the famous Vallee Blanche off-piste run in Chamonix (https://www.chamonix.com/vallee-blanche-and-ski-touring,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 (https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/08/dave-ryding-7th-in-madonna-di-campiglio/) – 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.
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Homa Massah

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

Oct 13th
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Cool Ski Jobs

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

Jan 30th
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