The Ski Podcast

The Ski Podcast

Want to know more about the world of skiing? The Ski Podcast is a UK-based podcast that looks at at all aspects of the world of skiing and snowboarding, from resorts to racing, Ski Sunday to slush. It is hosted by Iain Martin, who is joined by guests from the world of snow to chat about wintery stuff and probe around in the avalanche of ski news. Iain is part of the ski and snowboard industry furniture. He spent many winters in the mountains and went on to found Natives.co.uk (http://natives.co.uk) - the season workers' website. 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, but still occasionally appears as guest. 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

Episodes

April 12, 2021 61 min
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 Batt...
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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=C...
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    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 ...
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    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 i...
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    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 Bi...
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    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 at...
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    This week, Iain is joined by Stephie Dijkman from Tignes. We discuss the challenges of this ‘saison blanche’ and plans for summer glacier skiing.

    We find out more about the new National Snow Show, Charlie reports from Murren, we learn how to become a pisteur and discuss the impact of Brexit on UK tour operators.

    Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism for supporting the podcast.


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  • Stephie Dijkman is Sales & Marketing Di...
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    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
  • ...
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    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...
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    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 &#...
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    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 podcas...
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    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 A...
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    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.

    W...
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    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)


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    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...
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    December 23, 2020 12 min
    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!


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    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 reco...
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    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...
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    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 Epi...
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    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 throu...
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