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61 minutes | 19 hours ago
71: Les 2 Alpes, Engelberg, Roger Federer & 'Traffic Light' Travel
In Episode 71, we find out about Les 2 Alpes, snowshoeing in Engelberg, quarantine, testing and the new ‘traffic light’ travel rules, plus we have snow reports from around the Alps and an focus on equipment trends for 2021/22. Iain was joined by Helena Hospital, Press Relations from Les 2 Alpes and Alyn Morgan from SkiKitinfo. SHOW NOTES · Alyn last skied in Glenshee· Katie Crowe is Communications Manager for Battleface Travel · You can find out more about the Battleface survey here · A study from Amadeus revealed 91% of travellers would be comfortable with a digital health passport https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1379330549538492417 · Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter is based in Courchevel· Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel is in St Anton, Austria· France is in lockdown just now· The Les 2 Alpes glacier is due to open on 29 May or 05 June · Iain covered the French ski resort protests in December on Skipedia· Helena confirmed that lift pass revenues in Les 2 Alpes are down from €170m to €40m· Les 2 Alpes will open with limited capacity, perhaps only 300 lift passes per day· Look out for the Bradley Wiggins-hosted cycling event in September in Les 2 Alpes· Al Morgan is from SkiKitInfo.com · This is the Elan Voyager foldable ski· Watch this video for a reminder why knowing how your transceiver works is essential https://www.facebook.com/skipedia/posts/3755350864514828 · Roving Swiss reporter Charlie Rees was in Engelberg · Kirsty Muir, silver Slopestyle World Cup · Charlotte Bankes, Bronze Snowboard Cross World Cup Veysonnaz· Billy Major has just been crowned Europa Cup Slalom Champion 2020/21· Listen to our Eddie the Eagle special episode here · Roger Federer is now a global ambassador for Switzerland· Iain has a place in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc trail running race in August Buy Me A Coffee I'd like to thank Wayne, Hubert and also these guys who all bought me a cuppa: Nick D: "Great podcast, keep up the fantastic work" Andrew Thomas: “I've followed you for well over a year and seen the standard increase significantly in the last year. Keep up the good work.” If you enjoy The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast Reviews Skiintel on Instagram: "Love the podcast. Especially the one about train travel to the Alps. We're booking our first ski train for next year as a result." Inside Morzine on Twitter: 'An excellent listen' The Winner of our competition is 'Les Petit Singe' on Apple Podcasts, who kindly said: "Love this podcast, it is the shining light that gets me through the week, discovering previous episodes and, because if pesky Covid, keeps the fire burning for next season. Informative, educational and extremely interesting. Keep up the brilliant work." If you'd like a set of The Ski Podcast stickers, then email email@example.com Follow Iain on social media @skipedia and the show @theskipodcast - now on Instagram as well. Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism
17 minutes | 8 days ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Ski Jumper
Eddie tells us how his life changed after the 'Eddie the Eagle' movie was released, from Taron Edgerton perfecting his accent to Hugh Jackman asking to have a selfie with him. SHOW NOTES Eddie was in Courchevel with Ski Weekends, raising money for Ski for Cancer The idea for a movie first came about in 1999, but 'Eddie the Eagle' wasn't made until 2016 Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CATCSEoeG_c It was at Calgary 1988 that Eddie first made his name Jonty Learoyd is a talented junior ski jumper who is British by birth, but is competing for France We interviewed Charlotte Bankes about her switch from France to Team GB in Episode 25 You can follow Iain @skipedia and the show @theskipodcast on TwitterThanks as always to Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring The Ski PodcastIf you enjoy The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast
33 minutes | 15 days ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Skiing in Afghanistan
In this Special Episode of The Ski Podcast, Iain speaks to James Willcox, founder of Untamed Borders, about skiing in Afghanistan and the Afghan Ski Challenge. This is Untamed Borders’ 11th ski season guiding skiers in Afghanistan They have taken skiers to the Panjshir Valley, Badakhshan in the far North East and the Salang Pass that links Kabul to Mazar e Sharif Bamian remains best place due to good security and awesome scenery You can listen to Iain’s interview with Battleface CEO Sasha Gainullin in Episode 68 Battleface will offer you insurance for trips to countries such as Afghanistan when travel is not recommended Find out about the Afghan Ski Challenge here, which started in 2011 Watch the film 'Where The Light Shines' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6tgjWtwRQE Watch footage from 2019 Afghan Ladies Ski Challenge and boys’ wooden ski race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r70jrQ2kl74 You find out more about the Afghan Sports Trust here Find out about the women’s programme in this article in The Guardian BuyMeACoffeeIf you enjoy the podcast you're very welcome to buy me a cuppa at BuyMeACoffee.com/theskipodcastMake sure you subscribe to The Ski Podcast now and never miss an episode...
65 minutes | 22 days ago
70: The Inferno, Skiing in Afghanistan & Olympian Martin Bell
This week we find out about the booming market for ski holidays for next winter, there's an interview with Olympic downhill racer Martin Bell, news of the Afghan Ski Challenge and we find all about The Inferno - the downhill race in Murren for amateur skiers. Iain was joined by Vanessa Fisher (last on the show in Episode 63) and Nick Morgan, Managing Director and founder of Le Ski Chalet Holidays. The Global Travel Taskforce is due to report on April 12, with the hope that travel may start again from May 17 Cyprus, Greece & Turkey have all confirmed UK citizens will be welcome The EU has announced details of a new 'Digital Green Pass' We discussed the ‘Common Pass’ back in Episode 61 last autumn Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel was reporting from St Anton Andy last appeared on the show in Episode 66 Ben from Mabey Ski called in from Whistler, Canada Ed Mannix is the owner of Matterhorn Chalets in Zermatt, Switzerland You can listen to our Joe Ponte interview in this Special Podcast Le Ski have recently reported sales are 'stratospheric' Nick started the company in Kitzbuhel in 1982 Bob Dylan: "If you ain’t got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose” Charlie Rees was in Murren, Switzerland Vanessa and Nick have competed in The Inferno 26 times You can listen to our Ski Podcast Special Episode published last week Find out more about The Inferno here Martin and Graham appeared on The Wogan Show before the Calgary Winter Olympics Zoe Atkin won Bronze at the World Championship Ski Half Pipe Mia Brookes won Bronze in the Europa Cup Snowboard Slopestyle James Willcox runs Untamed Borders Watch the film 'Where The Light Shines' here You can find out about the Afghan Ski Challenge here Buy Me A Cuppa Thanks to everyone who has bought me a cuppa since the last podcast. Stuart Barber: “Love the podcast" Peter Taylor: “Really enjoying the podcast, only recently discovered it” Andrew Brannan: "Thanks for the podcasts. They brighten up my commute" Plus also thanks to David Wade, Matt and Graeme If you enjoy The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast If you’d like a set of Ski Podcast stickers, please contact us. Plus you can win goodies from Switzerland Tourism by giving us a review on Facebook or Apple Podcasts before the end of March. Reviews (from Snowheads) Layne: “A couple of very interesting specials. Keep up the good work” Mike Pow: “Getting better each episode” COMING UPWe have a full Podcast Special of our interview with James Willcox about skiing in Afghanistan, Charlie will be reporting on snow shoeing in Engelberg and we'll be talking to Al Morgan from Ski Kit info.
29 minutes | a month ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Martin Bell, Downhill Racer
In this Ski Podcast Special, we feature Martin Bell, who raced at downhill for Great Britain in the 1980s and 1990s. His racing career took in 4 Winter Olympics, 160 World Cup races (with 7 top-ten results) and his 8th at Calgary in 1988 remains the best placing by a British male skier at the Olympics. Martin is now based in Vail, Colorado In 1995 Martin took place in the Pro Downhill tour with Steve Lee Previously Martin lived in Big Sky, Montana Martin's daughter Reece is racing slalom for Team GB Martin's younger brother is Graham Bell, who we've interviewed for the podcast several times before, most recently about his appearance in 'Dancing on Ice' (6:00) Martin represented Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994 (9:30) Check out Inception to see where Martin and Graham stayed for Calgary Martin and Graham appeared on The Wogan Show with David Vine before the Games You can listen to our chat with Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards in Episodes 29 and 30 Martin learned to ski at Hillend in Edinburgh and at the Karl Fuchs Ski School (15:00) At 14 he moved to Austria to Ski Gymnasium Stams, where he was joined by Emma Carrick-Anderson and Paul Hourmont Martin shadowed Konrad Bartelski when he first joined the Alpine team He regularly trained with Canadians such as Todd Brucker and Rob Reid Martin's 11th in the Super G in Leukerbad in 1988 is the best result by a Brit in the discipline We interviewed Dave Ryding previously on the podcast in Episode 54 and Episode 57 (25:00)
36 minutes | a month ago
A Ski Podcast Special: How To Become A Pisteur
In this Ski Podcast Special, Tom Greenall tells us how he qualified as a pisteur in France, allowing him to become one of the few Brits in the ski patrol. · The first qualification required is a Fleche Vermillion, which he passed on his second attempt· Glen Plake has been coming to Chamonix since 1987 (this will be the first winter he's missed since then)· The Test Technique for the ski patrol took Tom four attempts: Puy St Vincent, then Chatel, Serre Chevalier and then finally passing at Puy St Vincent· The Premiere Secours Equipe Niveau 1 & 2 is the standard rescue industry first aid course· Tom’s Pisteur Course cost €3000 and took place in Les Orres · The course included knowledge of middle mountain environment; weather and snow awareness; Rules and Regulations; taking the PSE2 first aid to the ski patrol environment; sled (‘bloodwagon’ practice); avalanche practice· This concluded with exams on the two types of sled; an avalanche beacon search; a simple first aid case and a complex first aid case. · You can listen to our interview with the producers of ‘Ski A&E’ in Val Thorens in Episode 43
66 minutes | a month ago
69: Tignes, Murren 007, Joining the Ski Patrol & The National Snow Show
SHOW NOTES Stephie Dijkman is Sales & Marketing Director at Tignes Buses in Tignes are operating fine, not like in Meribel (listen to Episode 68 for more on this) Walking and snow shoeing have both been very popular with the lifts closed Would you try ice diving in Tignes?! Tignes have seen occupancy around 25%, compared to 95% usually for vacances scholaires - 55% of their clientele to come from outside France Tignes have announced summer skiing on the glacier from 19 June to 01 August Zermatt charges considerably more for race training Research from the Mountain Trade Network suggests that more people are looking for longer two week holidays Workations are becoming more popular, both Courchevel and La Clusaz have had special ‘teletravail’ offers Joe Ponte is CEO at Hotelplan includes Inghams, Flexiski, Esprit and Ski Total SBIT are campaigning to try and help employers of seasonal staff You can listen to the full version of this interview in our Special Episode released last week Friend of the show Katy Dartford was in Les Menuires Catherine Cosby from Mountains 4 All reported in from Gstaad in Switzerland Jim was reporting from Bulgaria Charlie Rees has been in Murren The Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was filmed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrkerh77MYY Tom Greenall has trained to become a pisteur in France. This will be released as a special podcast next week The National Snow Show will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 23-24 October 2021 Ski Sunday prompted a lot of discussion after a feature on diversity in their last episode We interviewed the founders of Mount Noire in Episode 61 Listen to our ski podcast special about Benjamin Alexander Feedback Janet Barnett: "Thanks again for continuing to keep us informed & entertained on all things skiing" Jonny Goldsborough: "Long term listener, tks for keeping the ski vibe going in challenging times!" Nicky: "You are keeping me going whilst working from home" Pete: "Been a listener since the beginning. Great podcast entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work." I'd like to thank all of these guys, who also bought me a cuppa. If you enjoy The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast Question: Jonny G asked about our 'least favourite resorts' Coming Up Interview with Martin Bell and we'll have more from Charlie in Murren about the Inferno
21 minutes | 2 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Joe Ponte, CEO Hotelplan UK
Joe Ponte is CEO at Hotelplan UK, the company that own the Inghams, Esprit, Flexiski and Ski Total brands.During our conversation Joe and I talked about a wide range of subjects including: His first experience of the travel industry at Flight Centre in Australia Joe was previously MC at Explore Worldwide Joe joined Hotelplan in November 2020 The challenges of this unusual season Optimism bias The Save Our Summer travel lobbying group 60% of Hoteplan customers carried over their cancelled bookings to next winter Year on year bookings are 100% up Iain went to Crans Montana in December Hotelplan will be offering 32 chalets for winter 2021/22 Find out more about the SBIT campaign here
64 minutes | 2 months ago
68: Skiing the Berlin Wall, Jungfrau Review, Avalanches & Charlotte Bankes
In Episode 68, Iain was joined by Jasmin Taylor, Team GB telemark skier, and friend of the show Alex Irwin. We chat about Courchevel, avalanches and foldable skis, plus Iain speaks to newly crowned world snowboard cross champion Charlotte Bankes. We have a report by Charlie Rees from the Jungfrau region in Switzerland and we also find out about how Dan Egan skied off the Berlin Wall! SHOW NOTES · Jasmin has over 30 World Cup podiums and you can listen to a more in depth interview in our podcast special recorded last year· Alex is based in Courchevel and runs the YouTube channel 150 Days of Winter· The lifts were meant to start to turning in Italy on 15 February, but this has now been delayed· Since our last episode we’ve seen avalanches in Zermatt, Méribel and Val d'Isère · These dogs barking saved their owners who’d been buried in an avalanche· We've reported before on how the press mispresented the situation in Verbier in Episode 65 and also in Wengen (in Episode 66)· There has been some great reporting by Abi Butcher (who appeared in Episode 65), with a deep dive into the 'super spreader' story about British instructors in Jochburg, Austria · The tourist office in St Anton also confirmed that reports of 96 people arrested and fined was also incorrect· Mike Richards told us about skiing in Wales in Episode 65· Neil Bradshaw reported from Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho · There are pistes open in Courchevel · Meanwhile Meribel stopped running their buses due to the number of people using them to ski · Jasmin has been training and racing in Plaine-Joux in France · Charlotte Bankes won the Snowboard Cross World Champs last week · We interviewed Charlotte in Episode 25 about her switch from the French team · Dave Ryding will be racing in the slalom at Cortina 2021 on 21 February· We featured the new Eiger Express lift in Grindelwald in Episode 61 · You can listen to Iain’s review of his trip to Crans Montana in Episode 65 · Sasha Gainullin is CEO at Battleface · Listen to the full interview with Dan Egan in our Ski Podcast Special published last week· It’s not pretty, but we found the Intersport ‘yodel’ videos bizarrely addictive… · Find out more about the foldable award-winning Elan voyager Reviews "Keeping the skiing spirit alive when we need it most" Ged Ainsworth"Thanks for doing the podcasts. I've been listening over the last year and have enjoyed dreaming of being on the slopes at a time when we can't" Nick Taylor"Loving your podcast, although it 'feels me sad' not to be in Chamonix this winter" Sarah Owen Hughes"Keep up the great work with the podcast" Jeffrey Fantl"I love listening to your show all the way over in Australia” Nicole Clark BuyMeACoffee If you enjoy the podcast you're very welcome to buy me a cuppa at BuyMeACoffee.com/theskipodcast Thanks to Luke Sipson, Ged Ainsworth, Suzi Jones, Scott Newsom, Christian Bowden, Chris Rose, Christian Cobley and Nicole Clark for supporting the show. Coming Up Watch out for interviews with Martin Bell, Joe Ponte at Hotelplan and a special podcast on how to become a pisteur, all coming up soon. Make sure you subscribe and never miss an episode...
22 minutes | 2 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Dan Egan, Extreme Skiing Pioneer
This Ski Podcast Special features Dan Egan - one of the extreme skiing pioneers back in the new world of the 80s when VHS revolutionised demand for ski footage. Apart from leading the MTV generation of skiers, he's a familiar name to anyone who's watched a Warren Miller movie, or visited the Vermont stand at the London Ski Show over the years. Dan was part of the original freeride scene, back when it was better known as 'extreme' skiing. We talked to him about his carerre and new book, Thirty Years in a White Haze, his story of worldwide adventure and the evolution of extreme skiing. Dan is based in Big Sky, Montana Check out Big C couloir Mt Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe Dan was on a Degre 7 shoot Dan featured in 12 Warren Miller movies Future Retro is available digitally https://youtu.be/prEWB3vfZRA Mark Shapiro, John Faulkner were part of the Verbier posse John Egan first starred for Warren Miller in 1979, with Dan joining in 1985 Both John and Dan started off in Sugarbush "If everybody skied, there'd be no wars" Hannes Schneider Dan skied on the Berlin Wall "Say yes, before you say no!" Warren Miller Dan's steep ski courses are in Big Sky "Skiing from the head down, not the feet up" Dan Egan 'Thirty Years in a White Haze' is out on 20 Feb The book features Nick Lyon's cartoons
65 minutes | 2 months ago
67: Behind the Scenes at 'Ski Sunday' with Chemmy Alcott, Inside The Snow Centre & James Blunt Tour Secrets
In Episode 67, we go behind the scenes at 'Ski Sunday', on tour with James Blunt, inside The Snow Centre, discover craft beer in the Alps and reveal the results from our survey.Iain's guests for this episode where BBC Ski Sunday presenter Chemmy Alcott and Ian Brown, Managing Director at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. We would like to thank our sponsors Switzerland Tourism for their continued support for the podcast. SHOW NOTES Chemmy was skiing chest-deep powder in Laax The group denied boarding at Eurostar was on their way to Verbier to do a training course with Peak Leaders They started the time in Europe in Vallorcine where some of the group tested positive Graham Bell is in Dancing on Ice 2021 Chemmy took part in the Inferno in Murren in 2020 Laax uses an app system to control Covid and numbers in resort Iain travelled to Crans Montana in December Chemmy has tried cooking for Ed! Dougie and Chemmy are coaching Giselle Gorringe Graham would probably have been very hot in his outfit Betony Garner appeared in Episode 65 when we discussed cross country skiing Her report was recorded in Les Contamines Charlie Rees took the Mammut backcountry course in Andermatt The avalanche danger is very high in Switzerland We've previously discussed skiing in Wales and in Scotland Ian is MD at the The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead Sadly, the Swindon project will not be going ahead You can listen to the full interview with Peter Hardy here Listen to our podcast special about Erna Low here Peter is the author of ‘Different Country, Same State’ – the inside story of being on tour with James Blunt You can watch Peter’s video of skiing with Graham Bell on old kit here Find out about the Sapaudia brewery here Jan Farrell has retired from his career as a speed skier Reviews Suzi Jones: "Just to say I love the Podcast not being able to ski at the mo is madeeasier by your interviews and discussion thanks!"Chris Filey:"With not much chance of getting on the slopes, the Ski Podcast bringssome relief to us all"Skibum70: "Often copied, never surpassed"Jill Taylor:"Keep it up, it’s very enjoyable" James Hawkins: "Another great listen" Matt Hayes: "Love this pod, keeps me entertained in many a commute, lockdown workout or when I'm simply missing the mountains" Eggfried100 on Snowheads: "I’ve listened to quite a few other podcasts but ‘The Ski Podcast’ is byfar the best for me. Great content, interesting guests, plus it has reallykept us informed through the shall we say an ‘interesting’ last twelvemonths." Please do review us on iTunes as it helps other people find us Tips on Car Hire at Geneva: Hire from the Swiss side and don’t wait for the bus, just walk (it’s only 5 mins) Don’t return the car empty – it’s expensive! Iain recommends booking via Holiday Autos Chemmy suggests renting from Super U on the French side for long-term rentals (but don't take too much meat!) You can read the results of our recent survey hereIf you’d like some The Ski Podcast stickers then please contact us with your address and we'll drop a few in the post to you Thanks to Matt Hayes, Michael Gold, Mark McGarry, Julie Slaughter, Doug Newman, Rachael Westbrook and Joanna Yellowlees-Bound for buying me a cuppa at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast You can follow Iain and the show on Twitter and Facebook @skipedia and @theskipodcast
35 minutes | 3 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Peter Hardy, Ski Journalist
This Ski Podcast Special features an interview with industry veteran Peter Hardy, co-editor of WeLove2Ski and co-presenter of Action Packed Travel. Peter Hardy, award-winning ski journalist and a man who has been skiing longer than many of us have been alive. SHOW NOTES - Peter started skiing in 1960 in Lech on 2m10cm skis- The Marshall Plan pumped money into Europe after WWII- You can read Iain’s article about Haus Falch and St Anton here- Erna Low organised their own ski train to the Alps in the 60s- You can listen to our special podcast about the life of Miss Erna Low here - Many skiers were fans of Lillywhite’s in London and bought all their ski gear there- Idi Amin was president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979- Peter has visited around 500 ski resorts in his career- The Hardy Ski and Snowboarding Guide segued into WeLove2Ski.com- You can watch Peter’s video of skiing with Graham Bell on old kit here:- Peter is the author of ‘Different Country, Same State’ – the inside story of being on tour with James Blunt- Peter and Felice present the Action Packed Travel Podcast
55 minutes | 3 months ago
66: Mega snow in St Anton, Verbier Truth, Jasmin Taylor & Graham Bell
In Episode 66, Andy joins us direct from St Anton with all the latest news from a very snowy Austria. We’re also joined by journalist Abi Butcher who reveals the truth behind the alleged ‘Escape from Verbier’. There’s an update from Graham Bell on his final preparations for ‘Dancing on Ice’, during which he reveals what music he’ll be dancing to, plus GB Telemarker Jasmin Taylor lets us know how her season preparations are going. We would like to thank our sponsors Switzerland Tourism for continuing to support the podcast.SHOW NOTES Thanks to all of our new listeners – up almost 20% on this time last year Andy Butterworth is a director at Kaluma Travel and is based in St Anton Polish resorts could open soon This guy tried to travel with Eurostar to go skiing The Brits have been getting a bashing again, this time in Wengen ‘We do not blame the British’, apparently It is far from clear however, if the blame is correct: We interviewed Alex Moore in Wengen while she was quarantining in Episode 65 Ultimately these headlines were classic clickbait and lies Abi wrote this excellent article looking into what actually happened Lifts in St Anton have been open since 24 December, albeit only to ‘locals’ The Austrian lockdown has been extended to 07 Feb, when it will be reviewed again The Jochberg outbreak appears to be concentrated in a group of British instructors Alf Alderson appeared in Episode 64 and reports from Les Arcs Al Judge from AliKats featured in our Electric Vehicle special and reports from Morzine Alex in Courchevel been ski touring again We reported on the fire in Courchevel season worker accommodation in Episode 33 Congratulations to Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (guest in Episode 55) Jasmin Taylor has over 30 World Cup podiums – listen to our Ski Podcast Special This is what ski hire in the ‘new normal’ with Intersport will be like: Please complete our survey to let us know what you’d like more of and less of in the podcast. You’ll also stand the chance of winning this bag of swag… So if you do like the show, you can now show your appreciation by buying me a cuppa Graham Bell is taking part in Dancing on Ice 2021 (his first dance is on Sunday 24 January) You can listen to our Ski Podcast Special interview with Graham which was released last week Big snow in St Anton Reviews “Love this podcast, keep them coming!” Matt Hayes“"Great work Iain. Keep it up.” Dan King“Love the podcast. It’s great to hear ski talk, especially at this frustrating time when we should all be enjoying the slopes but can’t” Luke Sipson Please do review us on iTunes as it genuinely helps people find us Alpine Cooking by Meredith Erickson received another endorsement from Deborah Stevenson: “It’s a great book: much more than just the recipes. Lots of interesting insight into the regions and history.” Find out more about TTG’s Mental Health Hub here #GetTravelTalking Coming up next time We have an interview with industry veteran ski journalist Peter Hardy interview and we’ll be talking to the team at Sapaudi Brewing Don’t forget you can support us by buying me a cuppa at buymeacoffee.com Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism
21 minutes | 3 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Graham Bell 'Dancing on Ice'
Graham Bell tells us about 'Dancing on Ice 2021', including - how he rates his chances- who he sees as his main competitors- how his training is going- whether he'll get to ski this season- and of course, whether he'll try the 'Headbanger'!Dancing on Ice 2021 starts on Saturday 16 January on ITV.A shorter version of this interview first appeared in Episode 64 of The Ski Podcast (www.theskipodcast.com)
65 minutes | 3 months ago
65: The 'Great Escape' from Verbier, Skiing in Wales, Cross Country & Crans Montana
In this episode we discuss skiing in Wales, the 'Great Escape' from Verbier, the challenges of cross-country skiing, ski touring in Crans Montana and plenty more.Iain was joined by guests Betony Garner in the Chamonix valley and regular 'friend of the pod' Mike Richards in Wales, as well as down the line by Alex Moore in Wengen and Dom Turner in Morzine.SHOW NOTES Dave Ryding finished 10th in Alta Badia Andrew Young took 2nd in the Cross Country at Dresden Mia Brookes took a podium on her debut in Snowboard Slopestyle in the Europa Cup Reece Bell is the daughter of Martin Bell and niece of Graham Bell The Brexit ‘deal’ has been done Passports must be at least six months in date SBIT will let us know the impact on British workers soon Did Brits really escape from Verbier? This article by Abi Butcher looks at the facts Alex Moore has been reporting on quarantine in Switzerland for The Telegraph The French have been stopped from skiing at border Iain visited the ‘Rando Parc’ in Crans Montana Iain travelled to Crans Montana by train Adam Bonvin is the owner and founder of the Alaia Chalet Find out more about the Hotel Pass in Crans Montana Iain tried cross country with his guide Christian on the Plaine Morte glacier in Crans Montana You have two options for cross country: Classic or Skating Betony bought the Haute Savoie Nordic Pass Mike skis in the Brecon Beacons area of Wales Check out some of his recent great pics You can follow Mike on Instagram at @mikethesnow Evidently word has got out already… Iain interviewed Dom Turner from Skiology We noticed his Christmas story in an email from Montagne Verte Les Arcs have been awarded the Flocon Vert label Reviews Janet Barnett “A big thank you for your very informative and entertaining ski podcast which I look forward to every few weeks” Andrew Brannan “Thanks for another great podcast. Red Mountain...top of my list too!” Terry “I was delighted not only to find the podcast. They have a good mix of interviews, friendly banter, background info and general chit chat and ski news. It's been great to get an insight, through the many interviews, of people's backgrounds, their passions for the sport and how they got to where they are.” Please complete our survey here and tell us what you’d like more of and less of in The Ski Podcast and you could win this great prize Matt Hayes recommends ‘Alpine Cooking’ by Meredith Erickson, especially the Herdsman macaroni and tartiflette (“The best I've ever come across”)
12 minutes | 4 months ago
64.5: Your Christmas Update From The Alps
In this special pre-Christmas mini-podcast, listen to updates from friends of the show around the Alps, including:- Alex Irwin in Courchevel- Steve Angus in Val d'Isère- Mark Seaton in Chamonix- Katy Dartford, reporting from the Jura mountains- Ed Mannix in Zermatt Matterhorn- Charlie Rees, reporting from Andermatt Merry Christmas everyone. We look forward to sharing more ski chat with you you in 2021!
60 minutes | 4 months ago
64: Richard Branson in Verbier, Graham Bell 'Dancing on Ice' & Yoda's onesie
In Episode 64, Iain was joined by Jane Peel (Chief Reporter, Planetski.eu) and Alf Alderson (author and freelance journalist). We discuss the latest on resort openings, have snow reports from Courchevel and Engelberg, and we talk favourite ski areas. Graham Bell updates us on his preparations for 'Dancing on Ice', while the Chalet Shop team tell us what it was like working for Richard Branson. Plus we have Xmas pressie recommendations and there's even more in this episode of The Ski Podcast.SHOW NOTES Jane last skied in Les Menuires (before injuring her ACL) Alf last skied at Castle Mountain in Alberta It was suggested today that Brits might not be able to travel to the EU The town hall in Chatel has added Swiss flags There have been demonstrations across French ski resorts against the lift closures It's been suggested that the Chamonix border could move slightly to allow lifts to open There are limits on the French going to ski in other countries (but will it be enforceable?) Switzerland is currently open but are there restrictions on the way? Social distancing was not being observed on Verbier's first day Austria skiing will open from 24 Dec, but for locals only Jasna in Slovakia is planning to open Ski Amis ceased trading (adding to VIPSki, overed in Episode 63) Alpine Elements have gone into pre-pack administration You can read Jane's interview with James Hardiman here 'Test & Release' starts on 15 Dec, reducing quarantine on return to UK to 5 days Alex Irwin reported on ski touring in Courchevel Alex previously appeared in Episode 61 Charlie Rees reported from Engelberg in Switzerland Listen to Charlie's previous reports from Andermatt (E61) and Engelberg (E62) Craig Glennie reported from Lake Louise Mark Frary talked about 'Aiming High: The Life of Ski Pioneer Erna Low' in this special episode We talked to Jon Trigell, about his book Cham in Episode 20 Alf has written 'Ultimate Skiing Adventures' - 100 Epic Adventures in the Snow'. There is a 30% discount for podcast listeners with code 'SKIBK' if you buy before 31.3.21 Jane's favourite resort is Tavascan in the Spanish Pyrenees Alf's favourite resort is Red Mountain, BC Star Wars-loving ski younglings will enjoy this Mandolorian onesie from Columbia for Christmas Graham Bell told us about his Housenkamm viral video from Lockdown 1 in Episode 52 Graham is taking part in the new season of 'Dancing on Ice', which will start in January 2021 You can find out more about Chalet Shop on their website Sally and Hannah first job was kitting out Richard Branson's property in Verbier Intersport Ski Hire offer a free Cancellation guarantee on all bookings Podcast listeners can save an extra 10% using the Discount Code 'WINTER2020' (France only) Coming UpOur next episode will be out towards the end of December - in the meantime there are over 80 episodes you can catch up with over the festive season. And please do give us a review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts as it helps people find us. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism and Intersport Ski Hire for their support.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: Electric Vehicles in Ski Resorts
In conjunction with Ski Flight Free, this is a Ski Podcast Special all about Electric Vehicles in ski resorts.Find out more about driving to the Alps and in ski resorts from four EV owners in the ski industry.Iain was joined by Richard Sinclair (Sno.co.uk), Rob Forbes (CoolBus.co.uk), Al Judge (AliKats) and down the line by author Jonathan Trigell. - Find out more about the Ski Flight Free campaign - Up to 75% of the greenhouse gas emissions generated from a ski holiday come from your journey to resort- According to the Ski Club of Great Britain 35% of skiers plan to drive to their ski holiday this winter (twice the numbers for last year) - There are now 164,000 EVs in the UK- Registrations for pure-EVs in 2020 to date are up 158% YOY- You can find out more about Tesla vehicles here- AliKats have a Renault Kangoo Z.E.- Jon owns a Renault Twizy (and previously appeared in Episode 20)- This page on the Sno website has some great advice about driving an EV to the Alps- You can see the full Tesla charging map here- Montagne Verte is an excellent community environmental organisation in Morzine- President Macron has pledged green subsidies for France- Excellent options for a family EV are the Hyundai Kona and Kia eNero- Have a look at EV-Pow.com for fitting charging points in France (a great idea for a tour operator looking for a competitive advantage)Enjoy your skiing this winter and if you do want to reduce your emissions, please remember to Ski Flight Free
58 minutes | 4 months ago
63: When Will We Ski Again? Plus Verbier, Val d'Isère & Electric Cars in Ski Resorts
Iain’s guests for Episode 63 of The Ski Podcast are Vanessa Fisher and Steve Angus. We discuss reduced quarantine and a dramatic week for French ski resorts. When will we get to ski this winter? There are snow reports from Verbier and Crans Montana, plus we talk electric cars and have another suggestion for Ski Book Group.SHOW NOTES Vanessa made her debut as a dalek in Episode 7, told us about her downhill racing experiences in Episode 23 Regular listeners will know Steve from Episode 6, 25 & Episode 43 Steve is a Ski instructor at TDC in Val d'Isère You can book lessons in Val d’Isere with Steve at Clareangus.co.uk or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org Quarantine has been reduced to 5 days (with a negative test) Could quarantine even be reduced to zero? Intersport's survey showed that 58% of skiers were more likely to travel now You can read Ski Weekend's survey here Will French/European resorts open after Macron's speech You can read Iain's blog on Skipedia about France's dramatic week here La Clusaz is 'not an amusement park' #jesuisunestation There is a petition with over 20,000 signatures Note that ski touring is NOT banned in France in December Italy want resorts closed over Christmas Zermatt has allegedly seen overcrowding, but Switzerland is still open VIPski has gone out of business Hotelplan have confirmed they will run no chalets this winter You can listen to our review of Bankso in Episode 48 There is going to be a Brexit staffing issue after 31 December Testing has been set up in Courchevel and in Val Thorens Sam from Altitude Ski School reported from Verbier Pierre-Henri Mainetti reported from Crans Montana There will be no World Cup racing in Val d'Isere No dancing on the tables at the Folie Douce this winter Ischgl has scaled down apres ski Vanessa reported on her experiences at the Inferno in in Episode 23 Intersport Ski Hire is offering free and easy cancellation on all bookings 81% of their customers hire so they don't have to haul their skis around 33% are hiring because it's cheaper than ski carriage on flights Podcast listeners can get an additional 10% by using the code 'WINTER2020' Our 'Electric Vehicles in ski resorts' special was recorded last week and will come out as a Podcast Special Episode on 08 December Would you like one of these for Christmas? Iain has some new sunnies from Messy Weekend Listen to our Ski Podcast Special about 'Aiming High': the life of Erna Low We covered 'A Whole Life' in Ski Book Group in Episode 61 Vanessa recommended 'Beneath a Scarlet Sky' Chris Howie suggested getting the sleeper to Scotland...I'm working on it, Chris! Nicola Sturgeon notwithstanding - can you even travel between England & Scotland? You can listen to our Train Travel Special here ReviewsDodshuz (via twitter): Nice to listen to people talking about skiing and managing to stay positive about the up & coming season. Good job well doneSally InghamLove The Ski Podcast and listen to you often while I am working from home Mark Wilson (via Facebook):I listen to the podcasts everywhere, especially in the garden with my headphones on whilst messing about. my skis are ready to go.... just waiting for something to happen, and we’re away!Chris HowieReally excellent to see you continuing to make great podcasts even with COVID descending. Loving your podcasts, keep up the great work! Coming Up If you missed our Facebook Live, our Ski Podcast Special on Electric Vehicles in Ski Resorts will be live on 08 Dec as a podcast.Episode 64 will be out on 15 December. Thanks to Switzerland Tourism and Intersport Ski Hire for supporting the podcast.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
A Ski Podcast Special: The Life of Ski Pioneer Erna Low
In this special podcast, Iain interviews Mark Frary, author of 'Aiming High', the biography of ski pioneer Erna Low and Joanna Yellowlees-Bound, former CEO of Erna Low. We discuss the background and history of the eponymous founder of Erna Low Holidays, who advertised her first ski holiday as early as 1932. Joanna Yellowlees-Bound explains why she commissioned Mark to write the book and we look at how he made his way through the reams of archive material available. We learn how back in the early days all skiers travelled by train and had to go ski touring (as there were no lifts); how Miss Low overcame early challenges and how she helped introduce French ski resorts to the British public. If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please do share it on social and tag us at @theskipodcast www.facebook.com/theskipodcastwww.twitter.com/theskipodcastwww.theskipodcast.com
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