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 the season worker community Natives.co.uk (http://natives.co.uk) . He now 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. If you want to get in touch or take part you can email us: theskipodcast@gmail.com Music: http://www.purple-planet.com Logo: http://www.vexels.com

Episodes

November 28, 2022 50 min
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
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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 SkiKitInfo.com

SHOW NOTES

  • Colin skied at Kuhtai on the SIGB Ski Test 
  • Listen to Al talking about the Ski Test in Episode 91
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    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)
  • Pru...
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    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 La...
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    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, SkiKitInfo.com
  • Jarrod Osbourne, Ski Olympic
  • Will, Random Rental
  • Luke Rees, AWE365.com
  • Megan Hughes, National Geographic Traveller
  • Doug Newman, Ski Weekend
  • Graham Bell, BBC Ski Sunday
  • Mia Brooks, GB ...
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    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 AWE365.com.

    SHOW NOTES

  • Check out Sam’s new ‘Climate & Board Sports’ Substack
  • Listen to Felix Milns talk about his helicopter freefall ...
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    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...
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    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 (Epis...
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    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 unpre...
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    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...
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    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 f...
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    August 22, 2022 34 min
    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 ext...
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    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...
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    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
  • https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1539557332144758787
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    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 t...
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    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 Worl...
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    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 t...
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    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. 

    S...
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    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 Epis...
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    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 P...
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