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In Episode 162 of The Ski Podcast, we find out about skiing in Ukraine, trains to the Pyrénées and travel ‘Around the World in 50 Slopes’.   Iain is joined by UK ski journalist, Patrick Thorne, Sian Grigg from Pyrenean Odysseys and Jem Rose from PowderMad. SHOW NOTES Patrick was in Val Thorens for ‘La Grand Derniere’ Sian skied in Grand Tourmalet We featured skiing in Georgia in Episode 37 of The Ski Podcast The Ski Podcast is sponsored by Les 3 Vallees - the largest ski area in the world Val Thorens is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter Alex Irwin from ‘150 Days of Winter’ reported from VT on their opening weekend Snow Factor in Glasgow has closed 'Around the World in 50 Slopes' is the new book from Patrick Thorne Svalbard featured in Episode 94 of The Ski Podcast Jem’s group were in Dragobrat in Ukraine Find out about the charity War Child here You can buy Powermad’s ski socks here Pyrenean Odysseys is based in Luz St Sauveur The Paris-Lourdes night train is one of only two serving ski resorts in France Episode 160 was a sustainability special Iain travelled with his family to Cauterets to prove a half-term ski trip on a budget is possible Read Iain’s article for ‘The Independent’ about train travel to ski resorts Find out more about Intersport Ski Hire here James Gambrill is General Manager of The Ski Club of Great Britain We spoke to James in Episode 75 just after he'd taken over as GM FEEDBACK   Sean Lally: "Love the pod" Richard Salden: "Enjoying the podcast & the wide range of topics and opinions" Andy Thain: "Keep up the good work" There are over 160 episodes to catch up with and amazingly 127 of them were listened to in the last week.  I'd love to hear where you listen to the podcast - commuting, in the gym, or at work. Andrea Dalton will be listening "on my dog walk in the morning". I enjoy all feedback about the show, so please contact on social @theskipodcast or by email If you enjoy the show, why not review us as it helps other people find us. Apple Podcasts is best - if you leave a comment we'll read it out on the next episode. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
Episode 161 is a Ski Boot Special: we look at types of ski boot; how to choose a ski boot; whether you should have them fitted or moulded; plus some of the gadgets that work with them.   Iain was joined by the ski boot experts Colin Martin from Solutions4Feet and regular equipment expert Al Morgan from  SHOW NOTES Colin skied at Kuhtai on the SIGB Ski Test  Listen to Al talking about the Ski Test in Episode 91  TSP is sponsored by Les 3 Vallées - the largest ski area in the world  Val Thorens is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter You can now book holidays to Les 3 Vallées directly via their their website  World Cup races in Solden and Zermatt were cancelled  Mia Brookes took 9th and Kirsty Muir 7th in the Big Air in Chur  Listen to our interview with Mia Brookes in Episode 158 Robin Shah reported on his first turns in Verbier, which as he predicted opened last weekend Dave Burrows from Snow Pros Ski School reported from Glacier 3000  The Warren Miller film tour ‘Daymaker’ starts later this month  Iain is hosting the Brighton screening on Friday 02 December  Love this quote: “Like a wand in Harry Potter, the ski boot chooses your foot” Touring boots cost more because a patent has to be paid to Dynastar every time Iain had his custom insoles created for him at Profeet  Go for thin ski socks, recommended brands include Falke, Teko and Smartwool  Don’t buy your ski boots on the basis of colour: “They’re tools not jewels”  Iain spoke to Professor Henrik Bjursten about his new VPECS innovation The Carv device fits into your ski boot and gives feedback on your ski technique, visually via the app or in audio via Bluetooth Ted Ligety is their new ambassador (and can give you ski advice!) Feedback  Please send us your feedback on social @theskipodcast or email Chris Exall:  “Hope you don't mind a minor correction [re Episode 101]. Though they were often referred to as ‘parablocks’, but in fact they were called ‘parablacks’. The reason was that the inventor was called Gunther Schwartz. They were partly to stop skiers crossing 'the sharp ends' but they were widely used in World Cup speed events because they had the effect of dampening the ski and filtering out vibration. Marker developed their own version which had a weight suspended by springs, it was intended as a more active 'suspension' for ski racers, though the thing weighed a ton. The earliest ones were simply plastic boxes but the last version was a spring loaded coat hanger wire affair which stopped your tips crossing but folded flat if you tried to uncross them”   BobinCH (snowheads): "Gethin on Solden in October [Episode 159] was an interesting listen" Richard_Sideways (snowheads): "Nice podcast as usual" "Super interesting conversations [in Episode 160]. Thanks for the ongoing sustainability focus" Gareth Harvey: "Thanks for the snowboard episode" Judy Mathews: "Really enjoying your podcast. I have only just come across it recently & wish I did some time ago, but I have plenty to catch up on when driving or running." As Judy says there are over 160 episodes to catch up with. We'd love to hear how you listen to the podcast - commuting, in the gym, or at work. If you enjoy the show, why not review us as it helps other people find us. We have 88 reviews on Apple Podcasts, 74 are 5-star reviews - and if you leave a comment we'll read it out on the next episode. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
In Episode 160, Iain was joined by Prue Stone (Hotelplan), Ceri Tinley (Consensio Chalets) and Al Judge (AliKats Mountain Holidays) - three ski companies all taking sustainability seriously by making significant changes to their operations and product. SHOW NOTES Iain set up the lobbying campaign Ski Flight Free in 2019 (00:30) COP27 brings together world leaders to discuss and hopefully take action on climate change (01:00) Prue Stone is Sustainability Director at Hotelplan, which includes Inghams Ski (01:45) Listen to our interview with Joe Ponte CEO at Hotelplan, recorded in February 2021 (02:30) Find out more about train travel to the Alps at Ski Flight Free (05:45) Hotelplan’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 (06:30) Rachael from appeared on Episode 57 of The Ski Podcast (09:45) You can watch our session ‘The Ski Podcast Live – ‘Off The Beaten Track’ recorded at the National Snow Show in Birmingham on YouTube (12:15) Ceri Tinley is the founder and MD at Consensio Chalets (14:45) You can read Consensio’s ‘Luxury Ski Insights Report’ here  Find out more about Protect Our Winters UK (16:45) Ecollective helps travel brands calculate and subsequently reduce their carbon footprint (17:00) Consensio’s goal is to reach Net Zero by 2035 (20:00) Coolbus have invested in new Mercedes Electric Minibuses for this winter (20:30) Snowdrone also offer transfers using electric vehicles (25:30) Al Judge is the owner of AliKats Mountains Holidays in Morzine (28:45) Find out about the Montagne Verte organisation in Morzine (29:15) Find out about bokashi composting (30:00) Listen to our special episode on Electric Vehicles in ski resorts (31:30) You can find out more about their sustainability policies on their website (32:00)  A hot tub uses 1500 lt of water & 200 kWh of electricity p/w to keep water at 37.5C in winter (34:30) Find out about their ‘Responsible Hot Tub Initiative’ here (35:30) AliKats use the Good Planet Foundation for any offsets they require (36:30)  Listen to our special episode when Iain interviewed Helen Coffey, the flight free travel journalist (37:30)
In Episode 159 we discuss piste maps, skiing in Austria in October and look back at the National Snow Show. We also ask whether you should rent your snowboard in resort, rather than buying.   Iain was joined by Gethin James and Julie Slaughter, founder of Wipeout, as well as down the line by Chris Moran from Intersport Ski hire. SHOW NOTES Gethin skied with his family in The Lecht in Scotland Julie’s hike was to the beautiful Lac Blanc in Chamonix Les 2 Alpes has confirmed it won’t open this autumn Iain presented about driving an electric car to the Alps at the National Snow Show Listen to our special episode about the 2022 National Snow Show here The women’s GS at Solden was cancelled, although the Men’s race did take place The Men’s Downhill races in Zermatt have also been cancelled Mia Brookes took 9th place in her World Cup Big Air debut Les 3 Vallees is the largest ski area in the world  Check out the Wipeout range on their website Listen to our snowboard special here:   Listen to our special episode with Chris Moran here You can book snowboards at and ask questions via their Facebook page FEEDBACK Please do get in contact on social @theskipodcast or by email Rachel Frisby: “The Ski Podcast is really good. I really enjoy listening to it” Nick Axten-Rice: “The Ski Podcast is really good” Sally: “An absolute must listen for anyone desperately waiting on the ski season to start!” John Greenwood: “Keep up the good work!” Matt Hayes: “Great review of the show, really enjoyed the day and the live episode of The Ski Podcast” Raymond Can: “I really enjoyed the podcast #96 re Chamonix and it got me excited about our February 2023 trip” Mark Davis: "Thank you for another great ski podcast. My children, who are 9 and 10 and I listened to it last night…they always enjoy the ski podcast, being slightly obsessed with the slopes. I always look forward to an episode and dream of the places we can go" If you'd like to do something to support the podcast, there are two things that would really help.  1) Review us on Apple Podcasts 2) If you're enjoying the podcast you can always buy me a coffee at Don’t forget we have 158 other episodes to catch up on – typically 75-100 get listened to every week.  You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast.  Thanks to Les 3 Vallees for sponsoring The Ski Podcast
This special episode of The Ski Podcast was recorded at The National Snow Show 2022, which took place at the Birmingham NEC this weekend. In this episode, Iain speaks with the following people: Chemmy Alcott, BBC Ski Sunday Al Morgan, Jarrod Osbourne, Ski Olympic Will, Random Rental Luke Rees, Megan Hughes, National Geographic Traveller Doug Newman, Ski Weekend Graham Bell, BBC Ski Sunday Mia Brooks, GB Snowsports Snowboarder Sally Warren, Whoski Tony Burns, ecoski Stephen Morgan, Raccoon Events Additional Notes Graham Bell talked about his ‘Perfect Turns’ app in Episode 83 Find out more about Ski Weekend’s 35th Anniversary Chamonix Offers  Listen out for more about Snow Week 2023 in future episodes of The Ski Podcast.
In Episode 157 of The Ski Podcast we turn our focus to snowboarding, including how to choose a snowboard, whether you should buy or rent and what split boarding is.   Iain was joined by journalist Sam Haddad (Guardian & Cooler Magazine) and Luke Rees, founder of adventure travel website SHOW NOTES Check out Sam’s new ‘Climate & Board Sports’ Substack Listen to Felix Milns talk about his helicopter freefall jump over the Eiger in Episode 98 Sam was in La Rosiere in April Iain tested the Mont Valaisan ski area in La Rosiere in Episode 27 Luke travelled to North Macedonia The are 157 episodes of The Ski Podcast, so under our new numbering system, this is Episode 157 Les 3 Vallees sponsors The Ski Podcast The Alpine Ski World Championships will be held in Courchevel and Meribel from 06-19 February 2023 The National Snow Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 15-16 October Look out for ‘The Ski Podcast Live!’ on Saturday at 11.15am and Iain’s presentation on electric cars in ski resorts on Sunday at 12:00pm There are three main categories of snowboard: Freeride, Freestyle and All Mountain Sam is a big fan of splitboarding – read her article in The Guardian here For a UK-based splitboarding option, try Wandering Workshops in Scotland Burton’s ‘Step On’ snowboard bindings are a game-changer Nidecker’s ‘Supermatic’ is another ‘step’ in this direction Al Judge is the owner of AliKats Mountains Holidays in Morzine Find out about the Montagne Verte organisation in Morzine Listen to our special episode on Electric Vehicles in ski resorts Find out about bokashi composting You can find out more about their sustainability policies on their website On average, a hot tub uses 1,500 litres of water and 200 kWh of electricity to keep the water at 37.5 degrees centigrade for a week in the winter Find out about their ‘Responsible Hot Tub Initiative’ here AliKats use the Good Planet Foundation for any offsets they require Listen to our special episode when Iain interviewed Helen Coffey, the flight free travel journalist FEEDBACK I enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do review us on Spotify/Apple, or get in contact on social or by email Fogey58: "Always varied, well presented and for snowsports fans an essential hit" Guapo333: "Love this podcast. Really informative and superbly presented. Keep up the good work" Elaine Bunyon: "Wow…Greece is now on my bucket list!"   Thanks also to Fiachra Diskin and Dave Faller for their kind words.   Don’t forget we have 156 other episodes to catch up on – typically 75-100 get listened to every week.  You can follow The Ski Podcast on social media at @theskipodcast
In Episode 101, Iain is joined by journalist Gemma Bowes and equipment expert Al Morgan to discuss skiing in Greece, ‘frontside’ skis and the ‘Parablack’. James Gambrill  also joins us with news of the latest Ski Club of Great Britain survey. SHOW NOTES ·       Gemma travelled to Val Cenis and Val Frejus last spring ·       Splitboard Fest will be held in La Norma in January 2023 ·       Skiing on the glacier in Zermatt restarted on Tue 20 September ·       Recent episodes have included Warren Smith, Helen Coffey, Speed Opening in Zermatt and, of course, our 100th Episode ·       Thanks to Julie for her comments on the taxonomy of the podcasts! ·       Les 3 Vallees - the largest ski area in the world - is now the main sponsor of The Ski Podcast ·       Read about the solar panels installed in Meribel this summer on the Saulire Express ·       Gemma skied in Parnassos in Greece ·       Listen to Iain’s report on his half-term family ski trip to the French Pyrenees in Episode 49 ·       ‘The Ski Podcast’ will be at the National Snow Show taking people ‘off the beaten track’ in our live episode covering Morocco, Turkey, Albania & Kazahkstan. It’s on at 12pm on Saturday 15th October.  ·       On Sunday 16th October, Iain will be presenting about driving EVs to and around the Alps.  ·       Iain curated the forum at ‘Ski Launch’ – an industry event in London on 13 September – and the sustainability panel at LISTEX, held at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead ·       James Gambrill is the General Manager of the Ski Club of Great Britain ·       Iain was reading these US ski reviews  ·       Mike Greenland asked us via Twitter: "Who remembers the Parablock from the 70s?” ·       A vaguely similar idea available now is the Edgie Wedgie  FEEDBACK You can give us feedback about the show, on social to @theskipodcast or  by email to  Rachel Frisby: "Loved episode about La Plagne (99). Love the resort so much.” Joe McHugh: “Great podcast again, as always! Regarding the Vanoise Express link to Les Arcs, if you stay in Montchavin, you can ski a full day in either La Plagne or Les Arcs. The village is one lift away in the morning and there are no extra lifts to be taken in the evening: you just ski back to the village. It’s a traditional village, quiet with limited night-life, but location makes it a great base to explore the whole Paradiski area.” Richard_Sideways: “Great special with Warren Smith”  BobinCH: “Great podcast with Warren! Didn’t know he filmed with Guido Perrini” Liam Major: “I just wanted to say I've been listening through the podcast series and I'm hooked, you and Iain do a really good job. I've only recently developed an interest in skiing and have started listening through all of your podcasts in anticipation for my first trip away. The magnitude of knowledge I've have learned from these podcasts is exceptional so I can't thank you enough.” Photo from
Episode 100 of The Ski Podcast is slightly different from usual as Iain looks at the story behind The Ski Podcast. We look at how the podcast started, celebrity guests, favourite features and reveal our new sponsor. SHOW NOTES ·       The ‘Pilot’ episode of The Ski Podcast was published in October 2017, lamenting the cancellation of ‘The Jump’ ·       Early episodes covered anything that piqued our interest, from Ed Sheeran (Episode 4), Genepi (Episode 5) and Jim’s love of funiculars (Episode 7) ·       During the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018, we produced an episode every day ·       Chill Factore in Manchester were our first sponsor in September 2018  ·       One of Iain’s favourite interviews was Eddie the Eagle Edwards in Jan 2019 ·       Favourite early features include the number of wolves in the Alps (Episode 28) or theories about drug dealers in ski resorts (Episode 33) ·       Jim left the show in August 2020  ·       Back in 2017, when an interview went awry it was news, but with the rise of Zoom during Covid, this hardly seems out of the ordinary… ·       CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a great resource for anyone suffering from mental health issues ·       Perhaps Iain’s favourite celebrity interview was with Roger Federer 😉 ·       Other favourites include Steve Cross, who man who built a chairlift in his garden during lockdown, Antoine Motillon, a paraplegic pistebasher driver in Courchevel, and the amazing story of the Aspen Ski Thief ·       Thanks go to Intersport and Battleface for supporting the show, but especially to Switzerland Tourism for being our main partner for the last three years  ·       Our new sponsor from Episode 101 onwards is the world's largest ski area Les 3 Vallées  ·       There are over 150 episodes of The Ski Podcast to catch up with ·       Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing now and join us for the next five years…
This bonus episode of The Ski Podcast focuses on the new ‘Speed Opening’ downhill races from Zermatt to Cervinia. Iain speaks to ‘Speed Opening’ director Christian Ziojian as well as legendary Swiss ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen.  We discuss how this first ever cross-border race came into being, what the course is like, its place in the FIS calendar and what it will take to actually make it happen in the context of a summer of unprecedented temperatures. SHOW NOTES ‘Speed Opening’ will be the first cross-border World Cup race In 2019 the Cervinia lift company came up with the initial idea  The ‘Alpine Crossing’ connecting Klein Matterhorn and Cervinia is due to open in spring 2023 The first European race of the World Cup calendar is a Giant Slalom in Solden in October The Wengen ‘Lauberhorn’ Downhill takes place in January The National Snow Snow takes places at the NEC in Birmingham on 15-16 October The course has been designed by the Swiss ex-downhill racer, Didier Défago, who won the gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 The final layout of the course has not yet been confirmed, but it likely to include a larger finish jump The glacier in Zermatt closed in July 2022 due to lack of snow after a very warm summer and a dry winter The Beijing Winter Olympics took place on very little snow! The races are scheduled for 29/30 October (men’s races) and 05/06 November (women’s races) Pirmin Zurbriggen is one of the most successful racers ever, with four overall World Cup wins, Olympic downhill gold in 1988 and 9 world championship medal 
In this bonus episode Iain talks with Helen Coffey, travel editor at ‘The Independent’ and author of the book ‘Zero Altitude: How I Learned to Fly Less and Travel More’. We discuss her background in skiing, time at Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine and her decision in 2020 to give up flying completely – a significant decision for a travel journalist. SHOW NOTES ·       Helen was on the show in Episode 80 ·       She learned to ski at Hemel Hempstead (2:15) ·       Her first ski season was in Les Arcs (4:00) ·       Listen to our interview with ski instructor Warren Smith here (4:45) ·       Helen worked as a transfer rep for Crystal Ski (6:45) ·       Younger listeners may be surprised to learn that ski passes used to require photos (9:30) ·       She started as a sub-editor at the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Magazine before moving to the relatively new position of Online Editor (12:00) ·       She was schooled in ‘churnalism’ at the Daily Express (14:15) ·       During PyeongChang 2018 we produced a podcast every day (15:30) ·       Iain founded Ski Flight Free in 2019 (16:15) ·       Anna Hughes was on the podcast in our Train Travel Special episode (20:00)  ·       Following an interview with Anna Hughes at Flight Free UK, Helen decided to take the Flight Free pledge and to stop flying completely (20:45) ·       Tagsyrt is a Swedish word loosely meaning ‘train bragging’ (25:15) ·       If you’re paying £2 to offset your flight (say with Ryanair), it’s unlikely to be an effective scheme (29:30) ·       Iain uses MyClimate to offset emissions from flights (30:15) ·       Aviation fuel is not subject to taxation that other forms of transport are (32:00) ·       Research has shown that 1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions (34:00) ·       Look at Mark Smith’s excellent website for advice on flight free travel (37:00) ·       Helen travelled on the Travelski direct Eurostar service last winter to Les Arcs (38:30) ·       You can listen to our bonus episode about Iain’s experience on the TravelSki Express service here (39:30) ·       You can see Helen ‘in person’ at The Independent’s virtual event for advice on your next holiday, with Simon Calder on 22 September (41:30) ·       Helen’s book ‘Zero Altitude: How I Learned to Fly Less and Travel More’ is available in all good bookstores
Iain was joined by Warren Smith, eponymous founder of the Warren Smith Ski Academy, for this bonus episode of The Ski Podcast. SHOW NOTES Warren learned to ski at the Hemel Hempstead dry ski slope, before it was recreated as The Snow Centre – an indoor snow slope His first snow experience was on a school trip to Saalbach in Austria, when the coach broke down Phil Gordon presents the ‘Legends of the Brand’ podcast (3:30) Warren’s first qualification was as a UK dry slope instuctor (4:45) He first taught on snow in Seefeld in Austria, before moving to Verbier in 1994 (5:00) Joyce Read from Ski Verbier was an early mentor (6:00) You can watch Blizzard of Aaaahs – the famous ‘extreme’ ski movie – on YouTube Jamie Strachan designed top sheets for Volkl and brought Warren on the their team in winter 1998/99 (8:45) Strachan also designed many of the legendary ChamJam posters (9:30) Listen to Iain’s interview with GB Snowsports coach Pat Sharples in this bonus episode of The Ski Podcast (10:15) Stu Brass and Spencer Claridge were behind the AIM Series of events and built the freestyle features for events like the London Ski Show and The Jump (11:00) Iain launched in April 1999 (12:00) Other early freestyle projects that Warren set up were the British Freestyle Camps and the Ride Series  Pat talks about the impact of the Salomon 1080 on the freestyle scene in this interview, as does Jim Adlington (founder of Planks) in our bonus episode with him (14:00) Paddy Graham came out of the Sheffield dry slope scene and is still producing award-winning movies with the ‘Legs of Steel’ crew (17:30) Warren also produced movies such as the ‘Snow’s In The House’ series and ‘Snow Odyssey’ featuring a 16-year-old Candide Thovex (19:00) Warren’s ‘Go Ski’ technique book and DVD is available online (25:00) Rob Sawyer from the Farinet Bar in Verbier recommended Warren to England rugby player Laurence Dallaglio (28:00) Other celebrities that Warren has skied with or instructed in Verbier include James Blunt, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry (33:00) Listen to Peter Hardy’s anecdotes about James Blunt in our special episode Louis Smith, Spencer Matthews and Jason Robinson were among the quickest learners that Warren coached for the wintersports reality show ‘The Jump’ (35:00) The Warren Smith Ski Academy now has a team of 15 instructors with key focus on biomechanics (39:00) Find out about the Carv device here (45:00) The Academy also offers ‘Gap Year’ Instructor Qualification courses, having changed from BASI to the Irish IASI qualification in 2013 (45:30) The Warren Smith Ski Academy will be at the National Snow Show at the Birmingham NEC on 15/16 October 2022 (48:00) Courses start in Cervinia from 06 November for five weeks, then on to Verbier. Warren will be leading a trip to Japan in February (50:00)
In Episode 99 of TSP we find out about La Plagne in France with Jen Tsang and all about the growing ski scene in Ireland with journalist Catherine Murphy. Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism for supporting The Ski Podcast.  SHOW NOTES ·       Jen previously reported from La Plagne in Episode 93 ·       Catherine last skied in Tignes, with Guerlin Chicheret ·       Chicheret is known for being a FWT winner, but also as an extreme driver: ·       The freezing point in Switzerland reached 5184m ·       Zermatt is hosting the ‘SpeedOpening’ downhill races in October and November ·       Team GB telemarker Jasmin Taylor has been based in Mt Hotham in Australia  ·       Pick up free tickets to the National Snow Show for free using the code ‘2months’ ·       Iain will be hosting ‘The Ski Podcast Live’ at the show ·       Jen is based in La Plagne, where she runs a marketing consultancy ·       The Vanoise Express link between La Plagne and Les Arcs opened in January 2003 ·       The 6000D is one of the Alps’ most famous trail running races ·       You can try the bobsleigh run yourself in La Plagne ·       Catherine learned to ski at the Kilternan dry slope in County Dublin ·       Listen to our feature about snow skiing in Ireland in Episode 77 ·       Topflight and Directski are specialist Irish ski companies ·       Catherine estimate that the Irish market is about 100,000 skiers ·       Soll in Austria celebrates St Patrick’s Day every year   Feedback Please do get in contact with your feedback on social or by email to Thanks for all the survey feedback. Some highlights: "Less inane wittering from industry PR types please" "Iain handles the interviews really well. Precision informality. I look forward to every edition" "Can you get Lindsey Vonn on?" "I've spent the past season as a rep and I learn a lot from the podcast." "Love what you are doing promoting the ski industry & sustainable skiing" Finally special thanks to Rob from Northwich for this poetic and kind feedback via  “As a child I had my head in the clouds. Now, with your help I can keep my head in the mountains. Much appreciated” You can follow Iain on social media @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast  Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for supporting The Ski Podcast.
In Episode 98, we find out what it's like to jump out of a helicopter above the Eiger and learn about a new event in Val Thorens raising funds to turn young lives around.  Presenter Iain Martin was joined by Olympic Skier Cross athlere Emily Sarsfield-Power, Dan Keeley from Snowcamp and journalist Felix Milns.  Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for supporting the podcast SHOW NOTES & TIME CODES A new record for the longest women-only rope chain was set on Breithorn in Zermatt in June 2022  Listen to more conversation about gender representation in Episode 97 Episode 97 was a Down Under special, featuring Australia and New Zealand The snow down under is still very good Jasmin Taylor is a Team GB telemarker and is currently working in Hotham, Australia (7:00) At the time of recording only Zermatt, Hintertux and Passo Stelvio were open to the public for summer skiing (9:30) Read Felix’s article about freefalling above the Eiger in The Telegraph (10:45) Watch Shane McConkey’s double front flip into base jump straight off the Eiger The AJ Bell 3 Valley Rally will take place in Val Thorens in April 2023 (21:00) Find out more about Snowcamp charity and their Switch 180 campaign (25:00)  Feedback BobinCH: "Enjoyed Neil English's stories about Villars [in Episode 96]. Slightly depressing to hear about the Mer de Glace situation but reminder to go back and enjoy it while we can!"   We enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do get in contact. Reviews and comments wherever you leave them are always welcome, whether on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or via email to You can follow Iain at @skipedia and The Ski Podcast @theskipodcast If you enjoy the podcast, you can always buy me a coffee…
Episode 97 is a Down Under special covering skiing in Australia and New Zealand. Iain was joined by Rachael Oakes-Ash, founder of and Paul Anderson from SHOW NOTES Rachael previously appeared on the podcast in Episode 56 in July 2020 Paul was last on the podcast in Episode 73 in May 2021       Europe has been experiencing a serious heatwave        Tignes only opened for two weeks for summer skiing, closing on 01July  Sonnblick in Austria reported no snow a month earlier than usual You can read about the tragedy in the Dolomites due to the glacier collapse  Selwyn Snowfield was not able to open due to too much snow (preventing construction work Dunedin airport reported its coldest day ever in June Mt Hutt was hit by huge early season snowdrifts represent Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown and Mt Hutt in the Canterbury area When Paul was on the podcast in May 2021 the feeling was very positive, but then the Delta lockdowns started The UK and NZ have announced a new bi-lateral deal on visa  Tourism Minister Stuart Nash advised that 71% of international tourists skiing in NZ are Aussies, generating NZD211 million  The number of Aussies on the slopes in NZ was recently up 30% YoY Read Rachael’s post about gender representation here Cardrona/Treble Cone have made their own commitment to equal representation Watch Cardrona’s documentary ‘All In’ here: The winners of Atomic goggles in our survey were Chris Waters & Nicole Clarke.  Neil English spoke about how his father founded the London Ski Show in Episode 96 Caroline Eydallin: “I worked on first shows for Sauze d’Oulx! Sir David always stopped to say hello, I was at school with his daughters, so nice he remembered me”       Ann Bennett: “Sir David English was a great guy & pioneered skiing in mass media. I worked at first shows on Inghams’s stand”       Gethin: "The Podcast is great" I enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do get in contact. You can leave reviews/comments wherever you prefer, whether Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media, email. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast You can buy Iain a cuppa at
In Episode 96, we discuss skiing royals, the cancellation of the London Ski Show, new lifts in Chamonix and preloved skiwear.    Iain was joined by ski journalist Neil English, Claire Burnet from the Chamonix tourist office, founder Sally Warren and Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo. Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism for their continued support of The Ski Podcast. SHOW NOTES Geraint Thomas became the first Briton to win the Tour de Suisse We can exclusively reveal that the British royal family were skiing at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead (although we can’t tell you who there were!)  Shortly after announcing start of ticket sales, the organisers of London Ski Festival announced its cancellation  The National Snow Show at the Birmingham NEC will be going ahead as planned on on 15-16 October The Travelski Express is back for 2022/23 Listen to our special episode about the Travelski Express, recorded when Iain travelled on the inaugural service Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from Tignes Alex Armand from Tip Top Ski Coaching was in Les 2 Alpes Jasmin Taylor reported from Mt Hotham in Australia Jasmin was last on the show in Episode 94 Episode 97 will be an Australia/New Zealand special Our 2022 Survey is now live – it only takes a couple of minutes to complete and you could win one of two pairs of Atomic Four Q HD goggles to give away, plus other prizes You can read Neil’s article about Matt Hancock in Villars here Other celebrities seen in Villars include Jacques Villeneuve and Mike Tindall Iain travelled to Chamonix by train The Chamonix Film Festival took place earlier this month  The Charamaillon lift is being redeveloped and there is work going on at Montenvers to improve the cable car to the glacier Love Island is being supported by ebay Jemma Tadd (Head of Fashion Buying at eBay) believes Love Island has power to change consumers’ perceptions around secondhand clothes is a platform for selling pre-loved skiwear Iain spoke to Par Johan Astrand about his 3000km cycle ride to bring awareness of climate change You can follow Par's journey on Instagram Feedback & Reviews I enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do get in contact - Reviews/comments wherever you leave them are always welcome, whether on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or via email. Old Fartbag: "I listened to what Al said with interest. I'm not sure I have ever heard him be so enthusiastic over a ski" Andrea Dalton: "Loved listening to Diane, another fab episode! Found it interesting but also a shame for our English young people that want to do a season.” BobinCH: "Enjoyed that! The Diane from Skiworld lady was funny. Great work!" Anon: “Thank you so much Iain for keeping going during the last two years, your podcasts helped more than you probably know (for me at least) during challenging times. I love hearing about everything related to the mountains, long may it continue.” Ryunis: "Great to put a voice to It's a fantastic website and a really great source of info. Keep up the great pods. They help me still feel tuned in to the mountain community." You can follow Iain at @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
In this episode Iain speaks with Arnie Wilson, one of the UK's most respected and experienced ski journalists. Arnie has visited over 740 ski resorts in 30 countries, and is perhaps most famous for his exploits in 1994, when he and the late Lucy Dicker skied on every single day of that calendar year. This phenomenal achievement, which included 240 ski resorts in 13 countries, was recognised in the 'Guinness Book of World Records'. Arnie was the ski correspondent for the Financial Times for 15 years and also edited 'Ski+Board', the Ski Club of Great Britain’s magazine for 12 years. I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Arnie and I'm sure you will too. --------- Our 2022 Survey is now live – it only takes a minute or two to complete and we would really appreciate your feedback - and you could win a pair of Atomic goggles worth £200
In Episode 95 of The Ski Podcast we discuss La Tania, Chamonix in summer, and the challenges facing the UK ski industry. Plus we talk to Arnie Wilson - the man who skied every single day for a year – and reveal our pick of the best new skis for next winter. Iain was joined live by Diane Palumbo (Skiworld), Toffa ( and Al Morgan (SkiKitInfo), as well as down the line by Claire Burnet from Chamonix. Thanks again to Switzerland Tourism for their support.  You can see their amazing ‘Swiss Sanctuary’ at the Chelsea Flower Show, designed by Lilly Gomm.  SHOW NOTES ·       Congratulations to Dave and Mandy Ryding who were married earlier this month ·       You used to be able to ski in Chamonix in summer ·       Iain competed in the UTMB in August 2021 ·       Claire Burnet previously appeared on the podcast in Episode 73 ·       Chamonix offered free ski lessons at certain dates last winter ·       A visit to the Aiguille du Midi is a must if you’ve never done it before ·       Iain saw a photoshoot with freeskier Vivian Bruchez ·       Take a look at some of Iain’s videos from his visit on the Skipedia YouTube channel ·       Diane is Sales and Marketing Director at Skiworld ·       She is also a founding member of the SBIT lobbying group ·       Charlie Owen from SBIT has previously appeared on the podcast in Episode 8 and Episode 20 ·       Find out about La Tania at  ·       Arnie Wilson is most well-known for his exploits in 1994 when he skied every day for a year. We covered his book 'Ski The World' Ski Book Group in Episode 20 ·       Al loved the Volkl Deacon 72 – it’s expensive, but an incredible performer ·       His other favourite was the Salomon QST 106 – a wide, freeride ski Our 2022 Survey is now live – it only takes a minute or two to complete and we would really appreciate your feedback - and you could win a pair of Atomic goggles worth £200 FEEDBACK AND REVIEWS Please leave your comments and reviews either on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or email to theskipodcast @ Alex Crump (YT): "Great to listen to the Mayor of Les 2 Alpes and his plan for a green future" Mark Thommason (YT): “Was surprised to see the UTMB cap…so impressed!” You can follow Iain on social media @skipedia (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube) and the podcast @theskipodcast (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook)
In Episode 94, we find out about skiing in Svalbard, Narvik in Norway and how Team GB got on in this winter’s Telemark World Cup.  We also have snow reports from Japan…and Hemel Hempstead, plus we discuss new lifts in Les 2 Alpes and find out about the spring edition of industry networking event LISTEX.   Iain was joined by Jasmin Taylor, Team GB Telemark skier, freelance journalist Rob Rees and Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.  SHOW NOTES The Plaine Morte glacier in Crans Montana remains open for skiers until 05 June.  Jasmin was in Hintertux, Austria LISTEX took place last week at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead Babsi Lapwood told us about LISTEX in Episode 92 Iain spoke to Vanessa Fisher, Colin Matthews (Meriski), Stephen Morgan (National Snow Snow), Nick Williams (Mountain Heaven), Phil Brown (Impulse Racing) and Ian Brown (MD, The Snow Centre/Chill Factore) Jasmin Taylor has her best season ever with 8 World Cup podiums including 2 wins (giving her 7 in total across her career) She finished second in the world behind Swiss skier Martina Wyss Team GB had their best season overall ever with Tim Gough recording his first top 10 result Jasmin will be working in Hotham in Australia this summer Rob Rees went to Narvik in Norway ‘Home of Skiing’ You can see Rob’s photos on Instagram He will be writing up his adventure for Skier and Snowboarder Magazine~ Chris Howie travelled to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle Chris booked his trip with Base Camp Explorer Listen to Chris’ experiences of heliskiing in Iceland in Episode 38 Christophe Aubert is mayor of Les 2 Alpes The Jandri lift is being upgraded to an ultra fast 3S lift Al explained about how PIN touring bindings Listen to Iain’s report on ski touring in Morocco here Find out more about the Shift binding here Jasmin uses customised versions of the Meidjo binding REVIEWS   Please do get in contact with your feedback and reviews whether via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media (@theskipodcast) or email to  make_love_not_warz (IG): "Keep up the good work with the podcasting and tweets" Andrea Dalton (FB): "Another great episode"   Don't forget there are 145 episodes to catch up on, 93 listened to in the last week.  Coming up in Episode 95 we’ll be talking to Di Palumbo from Skiworld, Chris Brown from and Arnie Wilson – the first man to ski every single day of a calendar year. If you'd like to make your own small gesture to say thanks, you are very welcome to Buy Me A Coffee at 
In Episode 93 of The Ski Podcast we discuss Ischgl, Les 2 Alpes, Vallandry and a unique mountain triathlon in Courchevel.  Iain was joined ‘live’ by Lynsey Devon from Heaven Publicity and Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for their continued support of the Podcast.   SHOW NOTES There are 65,000km of waymarked trails in Switzerland Listen to Iain’s from the Via Valais trail hike last summer in Episode 76 Al travelled to Vallandry in the Paradiski ski area Lynsey stayed in Le Chable below Verbier James Gambrill reported from Baqueira Beret in Spain Jen Tsang reported from La Plagne If you are travelling either for a late ski holiday or summer holiday then make sure you go to for a quote and also to check their Sherpa Travel Tool Iain skied in Les 2 Alpes from 09-16 April, benefitting from glacier skiing up to 3600m He travelled there and back in a Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle. Watch out for his article on this appearing in The Telegraph in due course Listen to our bonus episode about Electric Vehilces in Ski Resorts  Christophe Aubert is the mayor of Les 2 Alpes and discusses the resort’s bid for ‘Flocon Vert’ status.  Ischgl was criticised as being a ‘super-spreader’ location in 2020 The Spring Blanc is a end of season celebration that is running all through April and features live performances from Simply Red and Kings of Leon Previous headline acts have included Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton John Al reviewed the new Atomic ‘Bent’ family of skis, as well as the new Strive bindings Iain used the Dewerstone wooden sunglasses while in the Alps. Listen to our interview with Dewerstone founder in Episode 89 Iain took part in the Dynastar X3 triathlon in Courchevel Listen to Iain’s interview with Yvonne from Salzburg about train travel from Sweden to Austria in Episode 90 REVIEWS We enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email us to or leave your reviews/comments at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or via social media. Jen (via Instagram): “Really enjoy the podcast - thanks for creating it and congrats on the award!” Michael (via email): "Congrats on podcast award, it is well deserved"  Also thanks to all the following for their congratulations on the Sports Podcast Award win: Cathy Paget, Jon Sheehan, Adam W, Rachael W, Megan, Betony, Vanessa, Jon Walton, Abi B, Oli Russel-Cowan, Krystelle, Chris Thompson, Paul Glynn, Dan Fox, James Hawkins, Greg Hilton, Stephen S, Iain MacIntosh, Martin Bell, Sara B, Rob S, Neil D, Paddy & Chemmy Alcott   Coming up in E94 - Jasmin Taylor on her best season ever, plus Rob Rees in Narvik Norway and Svalbard   If you've enjoyed listening to The Ski Podcast, you can make your own small gesture, by going to - all contributions welcome (thanks to Andrew B for your contribution!) You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
Episode 92 features Andermatt, LISTEX, the Nevis Range and The Mighty Coe event. Plus we have snow reports from around the Alps, and we find out when accidents on the piste are most likely to occur.  Iain Martin was joined ‘live’ by Babsi Lapwood from the Mountain Trade Network, Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo and Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and down the line by Chris O’Brien from Nevis Range. SHOW NOTES The Ski Podcast has been voted ‘Best Wintersports Podcast’ in the Sports Podcast Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for supporting the The Ski Podcast 2022 marks the 175th anniversary of the Swiss railway - 1847 marked the opening of the first Swiss train route between Zurich and Baden.  Simon Burgess told us about skiing in the Lake District in Episode 73 Babsi skied in Sud Tirol In Episode 81, we discussed what length skis to get We discussed the wearing of helmets in Episode 88   Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School reported from Morgins, Switzerland Alex Armand from Tip Tip Ski Coaching reported from Les 2 Alpes, France Steve Angus is a private instructor in Val d’Isere, France Elena Protopow reported from Tirol in Austria Iain was in Andermatt when the lifts closed in Switzerland at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 Read about Iain’s journey by train on Ski Flight Free Samih Sawaris was the Egyptian responsible for the renaissance of Andermatt Iain’s guide was Florian Tresch You can take a look at Iain and Florian’s route here:  Find out more about Swisstainable  Vail Resorts seen potential too:   Iain spoke with Chris O'Brien, MD at Nevis Range, re sustainability  Nevis Range worked with  Listen to our interview with The Mighty Coe organiser Neil Dalgliesh in Episode 89 Al was in Aviemore for the Glenmore Lodge Wild Weekend  Check out ‘The Escalator’ here You can find out more about LISTEX here Iain visited the new Vallandry gondola in January   Reviews/comments wherever you leave them always welcome, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or via email.   If you’d like some stickers, please email us with your address.  Don't forget you can always buy me a coffee at All cuppas are much appreciated.   I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
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Oct 30th

Homa Massah

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

Oct 13th

Cool Ski Jobs

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

Jan 30th
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