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January 18, 2021 55 min
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.


  • 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:
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  • 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


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  • 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

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    Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism

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