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The Knowledge is Powder is a UK based skiing and snowboarding podcast in which people ramble on about winter sports all year long.

It is hosted by Jim Duncombe and Iain Martin who will be joined by guests from the world of snow to chat about wintery stuff and probe around in the avalanche of ski news.

Jim is a passionate skier and snowboarder who compleated numerous seasons and has continued to earn a living from skiing since retiring from the mountain life. His jobs have included badly selling ski holidays, reading complaint letters for a large tour operator, recruiting chalet staff and marketing. He currently creates content and blogs for a variety of winter sports companies.

Iain is part of the ski and snowboard industry furniture. Like Jim, he spent many winters in the mountains and went on to build two successful companies http://natives.co.uk a seasoned worker community and job portal. More recently Iain founded http://Skipedia.co.uk a digital marketing & PR consultancy.

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

The Ski Podcast The Ski Podcast

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    • 4.7, 69 Ratings

The Knowledge is Powder is a UK based skiing and snowboarding podcast in which people ramble on about winter sports all year long.

It is hosted by Jim Duncombe and Iain Martin who will be joined by guests from the world of snow to chat about wintery stuff and probe around in the avalanche of ski news.

Jim is a passionate skier and snowboarder who compleated numerous seasons and has continued to earn a living from skiing since retiring from the mountain life. His jobs have included badly selling ski holidays, reading complaint letters for a large tour operator, recruiting chalet staff and marketing. He currently creates content and blogs for a variety of winter sports companies.

Iain is part of the ski and snowboard industry furniture. Like Jim, he spent many winters in the mountains and went on to build two successful companies http://natives.co.uk a seasoned worker community and job portal. More recently Iain founded http://Skipedia.co.uk a digital marketing & PR consultancy.

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

    56: Australia, NZ & Skiing in the 'New Normal' in Les 2 Alpes

    56: Australia, NZ & Skiing in the 'New Normal' in Les 2 Alpes

    In Episode 56 Iain interviews Rachael Oakes-Ash, founder of the Australian website, Snowsbest.com.

    Jim reports on skiing in the 'new normal' from Les 2 Alpes and we wonder if bears do that thing in the Arosa woods. 

    There’s news on a new virtual Ski Show and Iain looks forward to a visit to Saas Fee.

    The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support.

    SHOW NOTES

    Jim was summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes (https://ete.les2alpes.com/fr)

    Why not visit the bears in Arosa (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.arosabaerenland.ch/eng&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0T5xXohKKI6vhYqp2tbd2y) ?

    Iain is going to visit Saas Fee (https://www.saas-fee.ch/en/) and Zermatt to test out skiing in the 'new normal' in Switzerland

    The 'World's Largest Ski Show (https://www.facebook.com/wlsshow) ' will be taking place virtually in October

    There may be some similarity between the WLLS logo and the Chamonix logo

    You can sign the petition to restore the ski train here (https://www.change.org/p/eurostar-international-limited-savetheskitrain-reinstate-the-eurostar-ski-train?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_23338933_en-GB%3A5&recruiter=16289573&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=29b2da36782f4f38985e9f6648ff06f4&use_react=false)

    Rachael Oakes-Ash is better known as MissSnowItAll (https://www.facebook.com/misssnowitall) and runs the website Snowsbest.com (https://snowsbest.com/) , focusing on the Australian and NZ markets

    Thredbo and Perisher had huge problems trying to pre-sell lift passes when their websites crashed (https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/snow-bunnies-frustrated-by-access-issues-c-1120002)

    Mt Hutt opened last month with no social distancing restrictions

    Coronet Peak experienced one of their busiest night ski sessions ever, despite the current lack of a 'Trans Tasman bubble'

    You can watch the brilliant 'Iso' videos from MissSnowItAll on her Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/misssnowitall/videos/2627631117455632/ )

    Yes, it's true. Jim is leaving the podcast. Episode 57 will be his final episode! 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A Ski Podcast Special: Q&A with Graham Bell

    A Ski Podcast Special: Q&A with Graham Bell

    In this one off special, Jim and Iain were joined by BBC Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell.

    Questions were sent in advance or submitted live by our community and included:

    - Have you ever snowboarded? (Keith Webb) 
    - Is there any country you see joining traditional powerhouses on the World Cup circuit in the future? (Steve Whitaker)
    - Will we ever see a Chinese skier on a downhill podium? (Iain)
    - Who is the best skier you have ever skied with or raced against? (Keith Webb)
    -  I would love to know how you filmed opening titles for Ski Sunday - it never ceases to amaze me (Helena Taylor)
    - Will Ski Sunday include more mogul skiing next season, as the GB mogul team was very successful last year? (Kay Bates)

    You can watch the Q&A on our Facebook page here (http://www.facebook.com/1768925610081580/videos/299568544554748) .

    • 1 hr
    55: The Perfect Ski Run, Laurie Taylor & Andermatt

    55: The Perfect Ski Run, Laurie Taylor & Andermatt

    In Episode 55 Jim and Iain chat to UK slalom skier Laurie Taylor and ski journalist Megan Hughes about how to get into the industry.
    There’s an update from Andermatt, news on the end of lockdown in Zermatt and we find out more about this autumn’s possible London ski show.
    We finish off with Dave (Burrows) and Jim debating what makes the perfect ski run – have a listen and let us know if you agree.
    The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support
    Show Notes
    Jim has been mountain biking and hiking in La Clusaz
    Lars updates us from Andermatt (https://www.andermatt.ch/en) , where he works at the Radisson Blu (https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-andermatt-reussen) hotel
    Iain interviewed Lars about the history of Andermatt in Episode 52 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-52-aspen-ski-thief-graham-bell-andermatt/)
    This photo shows how Zermatt looks almost ‘normal
    The Portes du Soleil offered a limited number of season passes at half-price (https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19379/portes-du-soleil-sell-5000-season-passes-499.page)
    The website for this autumn’s London Ski Show is now live (https://theskishow.co.uk/) and is scheduled for The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead in late-Sep
    Megan Hughes is Social & Digital Content Manager at InTheSnow.com (https://www.inthesnow.com/)
    Laurie Taylor scored his first World Cup points at Kitzbuhel (https://m.facebook.com/thebritishskiacademy/posts/2892705604120434)
    You can view Laurie’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8LGONktuC3auL6rv741_-w) here.
    ‘What makes the perfect ski run?’ – let us know what you think 
    Jim and Dave recorded this in Anzere, previously featured in Episode 49 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-49-towed-by-a-tesla-french-pyrenees-the-rise-of-bansko/) and also the location for our Avalanche Special (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/a-ski-podcast-avalanche-special-with-dave-burrows-and-fjord-the-rescue-dog/)
    Thanks to Ster, Mike Pow and Primrose&Blue for your reviews on Snowheads (https://snowheads.com/)
    Coming Up
    Keep tuned to our Facebook page for details of our oncoming Live Q&A with Graham Bell.
    The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/) for their continued support.

    • 1 hr
    54: How to Build a Chairlift In Your Garden & Dave Ryding Interview

    54: How to Build a Chairlift In Your Garden & Dave Ryding Interview

    We would like to thank Switzerland Tourism for their continued support (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/switzerland-tourism-extend-sponsorship-of-the-ski-podcast/)
    Find out more about the Escape to Valais (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.valais.ch/en/information/landingpage/competition/escape-to-valais&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw1ql51I2p_nr0TrP9cpjFRs) challenge here
    The recent industry survey by Skipedia (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.skipedia.co.uk/2020/04/covid-19-uk-ski-industry-survey-results/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2vdli8QJqNemtej5OVPVs3) had some worrying results
    On a more positive note Chamonix (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.skiweekend.com/blog/lifts-in-chamonix-to-open-again-from-16-may&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2p2qMSWFd2YL-UrDY-AkVI) is preparing to open lifts from May 16
    And there is already skiing in Austria (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19371.page&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3oUGli5e-9Xf18lCr8qnoS)
    Iain interviewed Steve Cross, responsible for creating the super-viral 'garden chairlift' 
    Thanks to Pablo Rodriguez and Leon Rossi for their reviews via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theskipodcast) and Mike for his via Snowheads
    Pedro Davidenko didn't agree, but 93% of our iTunes reviews are 4* or 5* - why not have your say and give us a review or send us some feedback
    Thanks Andrew for your question about gay ski weeks. We'll put this on the list for next season
    Dave Ryding is the UK's top Alpine skier with two World Cup podium finishes and four Olympics under his belt already

    • 1 hr 6 min
    53: Aspen's Cocaine problem, Goggles for Docs & Courchevel

    53: Aspen's Cocaine problem, Goggles for Docs & Courchevel

    This week Jim and Iain go searching for good news in our post-COVID world find out about Aspen's cocaine problem and how Timberline is on the up.
    There's interviews with Alex from Courchevel and Mark from Disability Snowsport UK and we discover yet another Ski Club of Great Britain CEO has resigned. 
    Show Notes
    In Alpe d’Huez, they are using ESF uniforms to make facemasks (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.chaletline.co.uk/blog/2020/04/alpe-dhuez-instructors-create-masks-from-esf-uniforms/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3JYZBBAzvfSbRtNU6OGr6S) for frontline staff
    More face masks (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/changing-things-up-brothers-use-businesses-to-help-hospitals-across-state-country&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3yslHsPW0i3xc8cp1BVSYO) has being made in ski as businesses pivot their production
    Find out more about the Goggles for Docs (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://gogglesfordocs.com/&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw3N0s8lOvtSgdVQ1BkGlau0) project
    Mt Baldy opened (https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/19363.page) for skiing last week, with social distancing in place
    Just in case you haven’t seen the homemade ski lift in a garden (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.facebook.com/skipedia/videos/355442455412891&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0GvIF_9O5S1ujBseZv7OIB) yet
    Zermatt has been projecting onto the Matterhorn (https://www.matterhornchalets.com/2020/04/07/the-matterhorn-a-symbol-of-hope/) to show their solidarity
    Zermatt has also been in the news for other reasons (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1247549719993356289&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2JMSwHmBsW43nAD38funEP)
    The CEO of the Ski Club CEO has resigned. Listen to our look at their travils in Episode 44 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-44-gstaad-verbier-and-your-dream-ski-job/)
    Jason Auslander tells us about the cocaine problem in Aspen
    You can listen to our interview with Jason about ski thief Derek Johnson in Episode 52 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-52-aspen-ski-thief-graham-bell-andermatt/)
    We first covered the problems in Timberline in Episode 38 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-38-blind-skiing-iceland-val-disere-the-timberline-story/)
    Our competition winner is GJ Harvey
    Pablo Rodriguez asked about Scotland, where Iain hopes to ski next winter and Spain (we mentioned Baqueira in Episode 49 (https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-49-towed-by-a-tesla-french-pyrenees-the-rise-of-bansko/) )
    Jim interviewed Mark from Disability Snowsport UK (https://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/)
    Iain interviewed Alex Irwin about his ‘150 days of Winter (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrYz48gTOY_l542GySjWVcA) ’ project
    Thanks for all the reviews from Daniel King (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id%3D100004928853967%26comment_id%3DY29tbWVudDoyMzE1MTcxMTM1NDU3MDIyXzIzMTU2NDM1MDIwNzY0NTI%253D&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0fxiz7lr5bqVznRzkNNDxM) , Paul Gilpin and Leon, as well as ‘wsirhc’ on Snowheads
     with the rest of the world 
    In the meantime, Dick Yates Smith has a different Covid message:
    An exclusive interview with Dave Ryding – we’ll be finding out about life behind the scenes and how his barrista training is going!

    • 58 min
    The Ski Podcast Live: Q&A with Jim & Iain

    The Ski Podcast Live: Q&A with Jim & Iain

    Jim, Iain and group of ski and podcast fans gathered on Friday 10 April to record a live episode of The Ski Podcast online. 
    Topics ranged from what do Jim and Iain actually do to what are the Alps like in the summer? 
    Throughout the podcast, listeners post questions to the duo via the Facebook stream or joined them live in the virtual studio. 
    You can watch the full Facebook Live video on our Facebook page:
    www.facebook.com/theskipodcast

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

loobzy ,

Great podcast

It’s fun and informative. I really enjoy the banter between the hosts. They keep it light while obviously knowing what they are talking about. It really helps me to understand the infrastructure and background of the resorts and also helps me decide where I might travel to for hols. Please don’t leave Jim, he was only joking!

Ged Ainsworth ,

Much needed taste of winter

Oh how we need Jim and Iain to provide that taste of winter in the summer down time. Just to here the title music puts me in eager anticipation of sliding on snow again. But what is this? Is Jim leaving? What will happen to this essential listening for all snow sports/ winter sports enthusiasts? Please keep going.

chunkyh ,

Keeps the ski season going

This is a great listen to enjoy all things skiing, learn more and enjoy skiing even when your not on the slopes. I’m also a former ski rep and it reminds me of those good times in the ski industry before I made the mistake of getting a proper job! Ha ha keep up the good work guys.

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