The Ski Podcast

The Ski Podcast

Want to know more about the world of skiing? The Ski Podcast is an award-winning 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. The Ski Podcast was voted 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in the 2021 Sports Podcast Awards. 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. He now works runs Skipedia (http://Skipedia.co.uk) - a digital marketing consultancy specialising in snowsports - and is founder of Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org) - a campaign to encourage skiers 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. If you want to get in touch or take part you can email us on theskipodcast@gmail.com Music: http://www.purple-planet.com Logo: http://www.vexels.com

98: Freefalling above the Eiger & the AJ Bell 3 Valley Rally
25-07-2022
98: Freefalling above the Eiger & the AJ Bell 3 Valley Rally
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 97Episode 97 was a Down Under special, featuring Australia and New ZealandThe 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 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 theskipodcast@gmail.com You can follow Iain at @skipedia and The Ski Podcast @theskipodcast If you enjoy the podcast, you can always buy me a coffee…
97: Australia & New Zealand Special
08-07-2022
97: Australia & New Zealand Special
Episode 97 is a Down Under special covering skiing in Australia and New Zealand. Iain was joined by Rachael Oakes-Ash, founder of snowsbest.com and Paul Anderson from NZski.com. 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 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 workDunedin airport reported its coldest day ever in June Mt Hutt was hit by huge early season snowdrifts NZski.com represent Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown and Mt Hutt in the Canterbury areaWhen 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 representationWatch Cardrona’s documentary ‘All In’ here: 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 www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast
96: Royals on the Snow, Chamonix, Neil English & Pre-loved Skiwear
21-06-2022
96: Royals on the Snow, Chamonix, Neil English & Pre-loved Skiwear
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, Whoski.com 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 OctoberThe Travelski Express is back for 2022/23 Listen to our special episode about the Travelski Express, recorded when Iain travelled on the inaugural service Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from TignesAlex Armand from Tip Top Ski Coaching was in Les 2 AlpesJasmin Taylor reported from Mt Hotham in AustraliaJasmin was last on the show in Episode 94 Episode 97 will be an Australia/New Zealand specialOur 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   can read Neil’s article about Matt Hancock in Villars hereOther celebrities seen in Villars include Jacques Villeneuve and Mike TindallIain travelled to Chamonix by train 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 Island is being supported by ebayJemma Tadd (Head of Fashion Buying at eBay) believes Love Island has power to change consumers’ perceptions around secondhand clothes Whoski.com is a platform for selling pre-loved skiwearIain 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 LaTania.co.uk 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
95: La Tania, Skiworld, Chamonix in May & 2023's Best Skis
27-05-2022
95: La Tania, Skiworld, Chamonix in May & 2023's Best Skis
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 (LaTania.co.uk) 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 LaTania.co.uk  ·       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 @ gmail.com 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)
94: Skiing in Svalbard & Narvik, Jasmin Taylor interview & LISTEX
09-05-2022
94: Skiing in Svalbard & Narvik, Jasmin Taylor interview & LISTEX
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 HempsteadBabsi Lapwood told us about LISTEX in Episode 92 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) finished second in the world behind Swiss skier Martina WyssTeam GB had their best season overall ever with Tim Gough recording his first top 10 resultJasmin will be working in Hotham in Australia this summer 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 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 AlpesThe Jandri lift is being upgraded to an ultra fast 3S liftAl explained about how PIN touring bindingsListen 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 theskipodcast@gmail.com  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 LaTania.co.uk 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 www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast
93: Ischgl, Les 2 Alpes, Vallandry & the Dynastar X3 triathlon in Courchevel
25-04-2022
93: Ischgl, Les 2 Alpes, Vallandry & the Dynastar X3 triathlon in Courchevel
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 SwitzerlandListen to Iain’s from the Via Valais trail hike last summer in Episode 76Al travelled to Vallandry in the Paradiski ski areaLynsey stayed in Le Chable below VerbierJames Gambrill reported from Baqueira Beret in SpainJen Tsang reported from La PlagneIf you are travelling either for a late ski holiday or summer holiday then make sure you go to battleface.com for a quote and also to check their Sherpa Travel ToolIain skied in Les 2 Alpes from 09-16 April, benefitting from glacier skiing up to 3600mHe 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 courseListen 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 2020The Spring Blanc is a end of season celebration that is running all through April and features live performances from Simply Red and Kings of LeonPrevious headline acts have included Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton JohnAl reviewed the new Atomic ‘Bent’ family of skis, as well as the new Strive bindingsIain 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 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 theskipodcast@gmail.com 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 buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast - all contributions welcome (thanks to Andrew B for your contribution!) You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
92: Andermatt, Nevis Range, LISTEX & 'The Mighty Coe' report
04-04-2022
92: Andermatt, Nevis Range, LISTEX & 'The Mighty Coe' report
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 Podcast2022 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 TirolIn 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, SwitzerlandAlex Armand from Tip Tip Ski Coaching reported from Les 2 Alpes, FranceSteve Angus is a private instructor in Val d’Isere, FranceElena Protopow reported from Tirol in AustriaIain was in Andermatt when the lifts closed in Switzerland at the start of the pandemic in March 2020Read about Iain’s journey by train on Ski Flight Free Samih Sawaris was the Egyptian responsible for the renaissance of AndermattIain’s guide was Florian TreschYou 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 carbonfootprint.com  Listen to our interview with The Mighty Coe organiser Neil Dalgliesh in Episode 89Al 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 buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast. 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
91: Aletsch Arena, Snow Forecasting, Boot Fitting & the SIGB Ski Test
22-03-2022
91: Aletsch Arena, Snow Forecasting, Boot Fitting & the SIGB Ski Test
In Episode 91 we discuss the Aletsch Arena in Switzerland, the Altitude Comedy Festival, the art of boot fitting and of snow forecasting, as well as going behind the scenes at the UK's 2023 ski test.   Iain was joined by Janine Winter from Winter World Connect and Nick Russill, founder of snow-forecast.com as well as down the line by Andrew Maxwell & Marcus Brigstocke from the Altitude Comedy Festival, as well as regulars Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance, Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo. SHOW NOTES Read Iain’s report of his train journey from London to Andermatt of Europe has been coated in Saharan sand this week visited DavosJanine is based in KaprunFor your ski insurance, make sure you go along to Battleface Travel Al reported from Stubai and Kuhtai in AustriaStephen Spiers reported from Glencoe in ScotlandFind out more about The Mighty Coe event in Episode 89 Iain visited the Aletsch Arena in SwitzerlandThe connection from train to resort is so well designed stayed at the Hotel Eggishorn in Fiescheralp at 2212m Try the dish cholera when you come to Aletsch u20 can ski for free on Saturdays in Aletsch ArenaNick Russill is one of the co-founders of Snow-Forecast.com  Membership of Snow Forecast is available from £3.99 per monthJanine’s website is called Winter World Connect Al was at the SIGB Snow Test in KuhtaiSIGB also organise the Slide industry trade show Iain rents his skis from Intersport Ski Hire Altitude Comedy Festival takes place in Mayrhofen later this month Listen to our special episode with Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke Listen to our interview with medal-winner Millie Knight in Episode 90 We were delighted to see Ukraine so well in the medal table Jasmine Taylor has had a superb finish to the season Bankes won the overall World Cup Snowboard CrossMia Brookes also finished the season on a high   Voting for the Sports Podcast Awards are now closed: we’ll bring you the results in the next podcast. Thanks so much if you did vote for us.  If you’d like to give your feedback on the show, just drop us an email to theskipodcast@gmail.com   Thanks to Peter S: "Iain is a great ambassador for our sport. Really enthusiastic." If you'd like some stickers to plaster over the next resort you visit, then please drop us an email with your address to theskipodcast@gmail.com    You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
90: Skiing in Turkey, Paralympian Millie Knight & How to Choose Ski Boots
04-03-2022
90: Skiing in Turkey, Paralympian Millie Knight & How to Choose Ski Boots
In Episode 90 we discuss skiing in Turkey, the Beijing 2022 Paralympics, taking the train to Austria and how to choose your rental ski boots. Iain was joined ‘live’ by regular guest Mike Richards, Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo and ‘down the line’ by Paralympian Millie Knight and Yvonne Rosenstatter from Salzburgerland. SHOW NOTES Iain is travelling to Andermatt and Aletsch Arena in SwitzerlandYou can buy Iain a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast There’s still the chance to vote for us in the Sports Podcast AwardsFind out more about skiing in Wales in Episode 65 You can buy your ski travel insurance at Battleface Travel Insurance Check the latest FCO rules on travel using their Sherpa travel tool All fully-vaccinated British travellers will be allowed into the European Union without testsChildren 6-18 who have not been fully vaccinated will also be allowed to travel into EU countries provided that they have a negative pre-departure PCR testGrant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is pressing to scrap the UK PLF by the Easter holidaysAndy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel reported from St Anton in AustriaDave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School reported from Morgins in SwitzerlandMike travelled to Turkey in January and stayed at the Ovit Mountain Lodge You can view all of Mike’s excellent photos on his Instagram account Mike moved on to the ski resort of Palandoken and Ejder 3200He also skied in Sarikamis Yvonne Rosenstatter is from SalzburgerLand Tourism BoardYou can find out about the direct Malmo to Austria service here Iain is the founder of Ski Flight Free Find out about the Nightjet train service from Paris to Austria Intersport Ski Hire is Iain’s go-to ski hire companyYou can buy a Superfeet footbed here Millie Knight’s racing guide is Brett WildCheck Millie’s impressive record on her website Kirsty Young finished 5th in the Big Air at Beijing Mia Brookes is a young talent – look out for her in 2022/23GB Snowsport are still publicly hoping to become a ‘Top 5 Nation in snowsports’Dave Ryding took 2nd in the Slalom in Garmisch Listen to our Dave Ryding lockdown interview              You can buy Iain a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast There’s still the chance to vote for us in the Sports Podcast Awards   Reviews Reviews/comments are always welcome via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or email to theskipodcast@gmail.com Nick D: "Great work, best ski podcast”   I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast.
89: Crans Montana, Gstaad, The Mighty Coe & Dewerstone
22-02-2022
89: Crans Montana, Gstaad, The Mighty Coe & Dewerstone
In Episode 89 we discuss Crans Montana and Gstaad in Switzerland, plus The Mighty Coe event in Glencoe, Scotland. We also find out more about Dewerstone, the climate neutral UK clothing brand and Morzine’s latest step to sustainability. Iain was joined by freelance journalist Katy Dartford, Dewerstone founder Rory Atton and regular contributors Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment expert, Al Morgan from skikitinfo.com Thanks go as always to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast.  SHOW NOTES ·       Katy was last on the show in December in Episode 85 after her own visit to Crans Montana ·       Gavin Foster from Ski Weekend skied on the Vallee Blanche in great conditions on 12 February     ·       There has been no day 2 test for vaccinated travellers since 11 Feb  ·       The NHS Covid Pass for 12-15 year olds is now available  ·       France have dropped requirement for a negative Covid test for vax travellers from outside EU ·       Switzerland removed the mandate on mask-wearing on 17 February. There are also no tests or entry form required ·       Please check the latest situation on booster requirements: from Feb 15 in France, adults need to have had a booster within 4 months of their second vaccination to use lifts/restaurants ·       Austria requires boosters after 180 days ·       easyJet have added 50,000 more ski flights for this winter ·       Don’t forget, if you need ski insurance, then go to Battleface.com ·       We interviewed Battleface founder Sasha Gainullin in Episode 68 of The Ski Podcast ·       Iain first reported from Crans Montana in December 2020 in Episode 65   ·       Iain stayed at the Hotel de la Foret in Crans Montana ·       Find out more about the Hotel Pass in Crans Montana ·       Check out the amazing Alaia Chalet, which featured in Episode 65 as well ·       Babsi Lapwood from MTN reported from 3 Zinnen in the Italian Dolomites ·       Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from Courchevel in France ·       Stephen Spiers reported from Glencoe ·       Neil Dalgleish has created The Mighty Coe event, being held in Glencoe on 26-27 March ·       Andy Meldrum told us about summer skiing in Glencoe in Episode 75 If you enjoy the podcast, I'd really appreciate it if you could take a couple of mins to vote for us at sportspodcastawards.com   ·       Katy was in Gstaad, Switzerland ·       Prada are becoming more visible in ski resorts ·       This ruling on a Prada snowboard at Beijing 2022 was also interesting        Rory Atton is the founder of Dewerstone  ·       The company have recently achieved the B Corps accreditation# ·       They have a new partnership with Protect Our Winters ·       Al Judge was previously on our Electric Vehicles in Ski Resort special episode ·       Morzine is offering discounts to vistors travelling by train with the AlpinExpress Pass   Reviews Reviews and comments wherever you leave them always welcome, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, via social media and email to theskipodcast@gmail.com Simon C (Twitter): “Keep up the great work on the podcast” Richard_sideways (Snowheads): “Nice interview with Graham Bell” Andrew Brannan (Facebook): "I really enjoyed the Beijing Special: where else could you ever hear that? Brilliant" Stephen (Twitter): “I enjoyed your chat about Yad Moss” Anon (Buy Me a Coffee):  "Thanks for the great listening, your campaigning for greener travel and re-engaging me in all things skiing. As an ‘MBO’ & minivan driver for Snowtime in Meribel in the late 80’s I can relate to your time with Bladon Lines!”   We have been nominated as Best Wintersports Podcast. It’s very easy to vote - just go to www.sportspodcastawards.com. Would really appreciate it if you could take a minute or two to vote as it would really help me and the podcast.   I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast
88: Chemmy Alcott on 'Ski Sunday' & Beijing 2022 plus Grindelwald & Yad Moss
04-02-2022
88: Chemmy Alcott on 'Ski Sunday' & Beijing 2022 plus Grindelwald & Yad Moss
In Episode 88, special guest Chemmy Alcott takes us behind the scenes of ‘Ski Sunday’ and the BBC’s Beijing Olympics coverage. We also discuss Grindelwald, Yad Moss, how to choose a ski helmet and there’s our usual round up of snow reports from across Europe. Iain was joined by 4-time Olympian & BBC Ski Sunday presenter, Chemmy Alcott and industry expert Rob Stewart, as well as regulars, Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment guru Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.com.  Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast. Switzerland remains the simplest country to go to if you have kids in tow, with no extra rules in place for the u16s and no tests required (for fully vaccinated passengers) on arrival. SHOW NOTES Chemmy last joined us in a year ago in Episode 67 Rob joined us last in Episode 51 Did you know that the Dutch call drag lifts 'pancake lifts'?The Day 2 return test on its way out for double-vaccinated skiers from February 11,although children are still required to take itThe NHS pass is now available for 12-15 year olds Check the Battleface Travel website for current restrictions and for your ski insuranceVanessa Fisher reported from the Dolomites in ItalyStephen Spiers was in Verbier SwitzerlandElena tells us about fresh snow in the Tirol in AustriaYou can order Caroline Eliot’s book ‘Fjord’s Mission’ here and listen to our interview with Caroline in Episode 82Iain was in Les Arcs. You can watch his video snow report here. Iain travelled by train on the inaugural Travelski Express Ski TrainListen to our Bonus Episode all about the Ski Train  spoke with Peter Stockton about Yad Moss Ski Club   Ryding became the first Briton to win a World Cup Alpine ski raceWatch Marcus Eder's incredible run on YouTube here You can catch up with all the ‘Ski Sunday’ episodes on the BBC iPlayer This is Chemmy’s great quote:  "Skiing is a perfect sport for this type of personal growth: everyone falls; it is the picking oneself up & trying again that is the win" Rob was in Grindelwald where he tried out the new Eiger ExpressWe intereviewed Remo Kaser from the Jungfrau region about the lift in Episode 61  You can read Al’s review of the season’s best new ski helmets here Reviews and comments are always welcome, whether on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, social media or by email.  Paul Bond: “Your podcast is a danger to my pocket, it makes me book more trips than I sensibly should, great stuff!”The Ski Podcast has been nominated as Best Wintersports Podcast. It’s very easy to vote - just go to www.sportspodcastawards.com. We would really appreciate it and would like to thank the many people who have voted for us already.   I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast. Thanks again to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the show. In our next episode we'll be discussing Crans Montana and Gstaad.
Testing the Travelski Express Ski Train (Bonus Episode #24)
30-01-2022
Testing the Travelski Express Ski Train (Bonus Episode #24)
This bonus episode of The Ski Podcast is all about the new Travelski Express Ski Train – which goes direct and non-stop from London to the Alps. Iain travelled on the inaugural service on 28 January and reports on that and the background behind how and why the new service started in this short special episode. SHOW NOTES ·       Eurostar took the decision to stop running their direct ski train service to the French Alps in April 2020 ·       Iain founded the Ski Flight Free campaign in 2019, with the goal of encouraging more skiers and snowboarders to travel to the Alps by train (or in a full car) instead of flying ·       Changing trains in Paris isn’t that difficult – this video might be helpful ·       The lobbying group ‘Save The Ski Train’ was formed in autumn 2020. It was created by train expert Daniel Elkan from Snowcarbon, working with Iain and representatives from the environmental organisation Protect Our Winters. ·       In September 2021, the French travel company Travelski confirmed that would be reviving the service. You can listen to Iain’s full interview with Guillaume de Marcillac, the Travelski CEO, in Episode 79 of The Ski Podcast ·       Six resorts were initially offered by Travelski: Meribel, Les Menuires, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Tignes and Val d’Isere with packages including accommodation, train travel, transfers to resort and lift passes. ·       France introduced a travel ban on UK citizens on 18 December 2021 ·       The inaugural service of the Travelski Express took place on Friday 28 January.  ·       Iain travelled to Bourg St Maurice, from where he took the funicular to Les Arcs Iain’s video report on the train here
87: The Magic Pass, Aosta Valley & Allenheads Ski Club
24-01-2022
87: The Magic Pass, Aosta Valley & Allenheads Ski Club
In Episode 87 we discuss the Swiss Magic Pass, the best new kit for next winter, plus we find out about skiing from Allenheads in England to the Aosta Valley in Italy.  Iain was joined by Simon Burgess and Martina Diez, from The-Ski-Guru.com as well as regulars Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment guru Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo SHOW NOTES ·       Dave Ryding become the first British skier to win an Alpine World Cup race ·       Listen to our interview with Dave Ryding from May 2020 ·       Thanks to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast ·       Switzerland remains the simplest country to go to if you have children, with no extra rules in place for the u16s ·       Try this great 'Bucket List' of experiences you can try in Switzerland ·       The Ski Podcast has been nominated as 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in the Sports Podcast Awards ·       Katie Crowe joined us from Battleface Travel Insurance for the travel update ·       The Day 2 return travel test looks like it will end on February 11 ·       The French travel ban ended on 14 January ·       Italy now requires a ‘Super Green Pass’ to go skiing ·       Abi Butcher was nominated in the TravMedia awards for her exclusive on the Verbier fiasco last year. You can listen to Abi talking about that story in E66 ·       Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School reported from the Jura mountains in Switzerland ·       Babsi Lapwood from the Mountain Trade Network was in Serfaus ·       Jim Duncombe is based in La Clusaz ·       Nigel Sanger spoke on behalf of the Allenheads Ski Club  ·       Simon Burgess spoke to us from Vercorinin the Val d’Anniviers region ·       Find out more about the Swiss Magic Pass ·       Simon stayed in Anzere ·       Simon previously told us about the Raise ski area in the Lake District in Episode 73 ·       Iain went trail running in Zinal in July 2021, reporting in Episode 76 ·       Iain was ski touring in Crans Montana in December 2020 (Episode 65) ·       Martina has skied throughout the Aosta Valley, including in Courmayeur, La Thuile and Pila ·       Interski specialise in school ski trips to Pila ·       Both Martina and Simon have skied in Bariloche in Argentina ·       Listen to Rob’s report on the Stockli factory in Episode 86 ·       Artilect were one of the award winners ·       Smartwool offer plant-based dye on their Merino underlayers ·       Find out about Intersport’s BootDoc service in Episode 86 ·       There's been some great success at the Paralympic World Champs ·       Iain previously interviewed Jon-allan Butterworth who represented GB for the first time ·       Charlotte Bankes too a Double 1st in Snowboard Cross at Krasnoyarsk ·       Katie Ormerod was 4th in Snowboard Slopestyle in Mammoth ·       Kirsty Muir took 5th in Ski Slopestyle at the same event ·       Charlie Guest took a career best 13th in the Slalom in Schladming Slalom  ·       Team GB athletes have been given 'burner phones' to avoid being spied on Reviews Doug Newman: 'Great podcasting' Janet Barnett: "Have been listening since The 2018 Olympics and still very much enjoying every episode"   Don't forget you can always buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast. All cuppas are much appreciated. Coral (BMAC): "The only thing to cure a pining for the mountains when you can't otherwise be on them!” Paul Sonn (BMAC): "I've been enjoying your really useful program” I mentioned earlier that TSP has been nominated as BWP. Very easy to vote - just go to www.sportspodcastawards.com. Would really appreciate and would like to thank the many people who have voted for us already, including Fran Lambert and Martin Constable. I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email to theskipodcast@gmail.com. You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast. Thanks go to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast.
The 'Good News' Special: French Travel Ban Ends
13-01-2022
The 'Good News' Special: French Travel Ban Ends
Welcome to this special 'Good News' episode of The Ski Podcast. Regular listeners will know that in our 'normal' episodes we cover the latest travel rules and so it is absolutely a pleasure to report on some good news for a change. I know it's been possible to travel to Switzerland, Austria, Italy and other ski nations - albeit with various restrictions - but more British skiers travel to France every winter than any other country and for that reason the travel ban that's been in place since December 18th has been hugely depressing. It affected many family ski holidays (let alone family reunions that would have taken place) over Christmas and New Year and businesses as diverse as large tour operators to cafes, restaurants and even individual ski instructors. But here's the good news - the travel ban will be lifted on Friday 14 January. You'll have to pass through the now usual hoops of vaccination and testing, but French ski holidays are now back on. there ever any justification for the ban in the first place? Probably about as much as when the UK created the 'Amber+' category for France last summer. Undoubted 'tit for tat' policking, but from this weekend, it's over and let's hope it stays that way to the end of the season. And here's your bonus good news - it may not mean as much to you as it does to me, but I'm so pleased to let you know that The Ski Podcast has been nominated for 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in The Sports Podcast Awards. The Ski Podcast has grown to become my full-time, part-time job and, quite frankly, got me through last winter when we couldn't ski at all. My mental health was a mess, but the podcast kept me, more than anything, connected, in a winter that never happened. There's now 134 episodes available and I love the fact that around 100 get listened to every week, all around the world. I'd like to sign off this good news special by asking that if you've enjoyed listening to The Ski Podcast, whether it's just this episode or since we first started over four years ago, that you consider voting for us in the Sports Podcast Awards. It's very easy and only takes a minute: simply to go sportspodcastawards.com, register, go to the 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in the Categories, click the 'Vote for your favourite' button and vote for 'The Ski Podcast'. Thank you so much, I really do appreciate it.  Our next regular episode will be out on 24 January, so until then, thank you for your time and goodbye.
86: Travel Bans, Après Ski Bands, Olympic Tips & Stöckli skis
03-01-2022
86: Travel Bans, Après Ski Bands, Olympic Tips & Stöckli skis
In Episode 86 of The Ski Podcast we discuss when the French travel ban might end, favourite apres-ski bands, Team GB’s prospects for Beijing 2022 and we go inside a ski factory.  Iain was joined by Richard Lett from ApresSkiBands and regular guest and Olympian Emily Sarsfield.   Thanks go to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast. Switzerland is easier to access, than Austria and Italy (and certainly France) right now, so travel there this winter and say The Ski Podcast sent you ;-) SHOW NOTES The next announcement from the French government is due on 05 JanuarySteve Angus is a private ski instructor based in Val d’Isere. Find him on social at @SteveAngusSnowFor access to Austria, you now need to be triple-vaccinated with a PCR test within 48 hoursSome holidaymakers were denied entry at Innsbruck airport due to the new rules on PCR tests Italy will require a ‘Super Green Pass’ from 10 January for access to many areas/services  You can listen to snow reports from all of the following in our special episode episode features: Simon Burgess - Saas Fee, SwitzerlandDave Burrows - Villars, SwitzerlandAndy Butterworth – St Anton, AustriaKeith Webb - Kaprun, AustriaAlex – Les 2 Alpes, FranceSteve – Val d’isere, FranceBetony - Chamonix, FranceAlex – Courchevel, France Find out more about Apres Ski Bands on their website Iain’s favourite Alpine band was Superfly Gillespie Sells was lead singer of Superfly and wrote the hit musical ‘Everyone’s Talking About Jamie’ Emily’s favourite Alpine band was ‘Bring Your Sisters’ Rich’s tips of bands to watch out for this winter includes Coco and the Butterfields; The Dominos and The Trends Emily’s Top 3 Tips for Medals at Beijing: Charlotte Bankes, Izzy Atkin, Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir took at 7th at the Dew Tour   Listen to Iain’s interview with Izzy and Zoe Atkin: Davies is competing in Skier CrossKatie Ormerod has a great chance in the Snowboard Big AirZoe Atkin picked up 6th place in Calgary in the Skier Halfpipe Musgrave took a superb 4th at the weekend  You can listen to Iain’s interview with Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young here: Taylor took his best ever World Cup result of 25th last weekReece Bell is Martin Bell’s daughter and Graham Bell’s niece and finished 43rd in her first ever World CupSki Sunday starts on…Sunday 02 JanuaryJamie Barrow is attempting to beat the snowboard speed record Jamie previously told us about his trip to North Korea a long time ago in Episode 6 He also told us about his snowboard speed record in Episode 49 Most Intersport stores have a BootDoc in the shop (watch this video)Rob Rees reported from the Stöckli ski factory near LucerneEmily skied on Stöckli at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics    Reviews UnboundedContext: "Definitely the best ski & snowboard podcast i've come across"   The Snowboard Instructor Podcast: "Such a great podcast to listen to"   Ben Davies: “I just found your podcast. I was a part of the UK ski and snowboard industry back in the late 1990's early 2000's (iglu.com, St Anton, Mottaret, never summer snowboards) & your chat with Tony McWilliam reminded me of those times.  Thanks for the memories and your hard work, it's great to listen to the UK perspective from here in BC. Still in the ski industry, now ski patrolling (12 years!) and managing a small hotel in the middle of some of the best skiing in the world.”  Thanks to Simon Edgington for buying me a coffee. Don't forget you can always buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast. All cuppas are much appreciated.  I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email to theskipodcast@gmail.com  Don’t forget that we have 132 episodes of TSP and 88 were listened to in the last week. You can listen on your smart speaker (try ‘Play The Ski Podcast’) or Spotify (where you can rate us now as well).  And we are listened to around the world, so if you’re one of listeners in Latvia, Barbados, Iceland or Singapore then thank you for joining us. Thanks go to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast.
85: Crans Montana, Les Menuires, Courchevel & How to Choose your Hire Skis
20-12-2021
85: Crans Montana, Les Menuires, Courchevel & How to Choose your Hire Skis
This episode is a 'Resorts' special: we're going to be looking at Crans Montana, Courchevel & Les Menuires, plus we discuss how to choose your hire skis and talk to more Olympians.   Iain's guests for this episode were journalist Katy Dartford and Alex Irwin, host of the YT channel 150 Days of Winter, as well as regulars Katie Crowe Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment expert Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.  We’d like to thank Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast. SHOW NOTES Switzerland has the best railways in the world according to Midnight TrainsTry the Wham Walk! in Saas FeeFrance has introduced a travel ban on non-essential travel for UK citizens The lockdown in Austria ended on 12 December New entry rules for Austria – PCR required if no booster The ‘Pass Sanitaire’ is being checked in Les 3 Vallees out Battleface for your travel insuranceAndy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel reported from St AntonStephen Speirs was in Alpe d’HuezSimon is using the Magic Pass and was in Leysin. Follow his travels on his website Katy was skiing powder in Crans Montana, where she tried out the trampolines at the Alaia Chalet Katy also reported on Crans for Euronews Jim reported on surfing at the Alaia Bay in Episode 76 Iain was in Crans Montana in December 2020 – Listen to his report in Episode 65 Iain travelled to Les Menuires by train out more about train travel at Ski Flight Free The new La Masse gondola is the fastest in France, taking just 8 minutes [Video]Iain stayed at ho36 in Les Menuires The highlight was ski touring at night to the Refuge du Lac du Lou was lucky enough to see the sunrise the following morningThe Saulire cable car was damaged in testing in October   new Ineos Club des Sports was paid for by UK billionaire Jim Ratcliffe   The Eclipse is the new downhill run in Courchevel is a new beginners area in La Tania [Video] Intersport Ski Hire offers ski hire in France, Austria and Switzerland Alex and Al are fans of the original K2 Seth Pistol     Charlotte Bankes took 1st in the Snowboard Cross at Montafon, AustriaKatie Ormerod was 5th in the Big Air in Steamboat Dave Ryding finished 5th in the Slalom in Val d'IsèreAndrew Young and James Clugnet came 6th in the team XC in DresdenZoe Atkin was 8th in the Half Pipe at Copper MountainListen to our Bonus Episode with freestyle skiers and sisters Zoe and Izzy AtkinYou can listen to our special interview with cross country skiers Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave here Reviews    Robsski1: “My #1 podcast of 2021. Thank you for keeping me company on @Spotify all year long!"  Pierre-Henri: “Again a great podcast.” Dave Moore: "Good fun and rapport" (in our Bonus Episode with the Andrews) Sam Woodhouse: "I'm enjoying The Ski Podcast very much!" Tom Hunter: “Great content" Gareth Harvey: "I’ve loved listening to the podcast for a number of years. Thank you for the podcast and for bringing the Magic Pass to my attention. Although I’m based in the UK, I have lots of meetings in Geneva. For some reason, these often turn into long weekends. Buying the Magic Pass has caused me to explore a lot of the smaller resorts I’d never have considered. You wouldn’t visit them for a week's holiday, but for a long w/e or even just a Saturday it’s great."  Andie Dalton: "I love your podcast, I’ve not long ago found it and I’m trying to get through them all but not listening to them in order which was probably a mistake. I always find a little gold nugget of information. Keep up the great work." Ruslan: "My name is Ruslan, born in Latvia living in UK. I’ve been an avid listener of the ski podcast for about 2 years since I first discovered it. I love the updates from resorts & it was awesome to get info on MTB in the summer as well"  Don't forget you can always buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast. All cuppas are much appreciated.  I also enjoy all feedback about the show, so please do email theskipodcast@gmail.com Thanks again to Switzerland Tourism for their support of the podcast