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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

The Ski Podcast The Ski Podcast

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    • 4.7 • 83 Ratings

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

    A Ski Podcast Special: Jon-allan Butterworth, Paralympic Snowboarder

    A Ski Podcast Special: Jon-allan Butterworth, Paralympic Snowboarder

    In this Ski Podcast Special, Iain speaks with Paralympian Jon-allan Butterworth.

    A four-time Paralympic medallist, Jon-allan recently joined GB Snowsport’s Para Snowsport World Class Programme following his retirement from Britain’s professional cycling programme in December 2020.

    SHOW NOTES




    Jon-allan won three silver and one gold medal at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and will represent Team GB in the Para Snowboard discipline in the Banked Slalom and Boarder Cross events.


    https://twitter.com/theskipodcast/status/1438080356087894023




    Jon-allan’s first event will be at SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands



    You can listen to our Ski Podcast Special with GB Snowsports Team Manager, Pat Sharples




    Jayne Kavanagh is GB Snowsport's Head of Culture and Para Operations 



    Prior to his sporting career, Butterworth was a member of the RAF and served in Afghanistan, in 2005, and in Iraq before losing his left arm below the elbow in a rocket attack in August 2007. 



    In 2015, Jon-allan Butterworth took part in Channel 4's 'The Jump':


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXztu1dT3qI

    • 21 min
    79: The new 'Travelski Express' Train, Expert Season Predictions & Ski Jobs Post-Brexit

    79: The new 'Travelski Express' Train, Expert Season Predictions & Ski Jobs Post-Brexit

    In Episode 79, we discuss the latest testing & travel rules, reveal how the new direct snow train will operate and listen to industry experts’ predictions for season.




    We also find out about Dynastar's new 21/22 skis, meet the latest member of GB Snowsports squad and find out if you can still work overseas in a post-Brexit world.
     
     Iain was joined by Alyn Morgan from SkiKitInfo.com and Christa Jackson, LDA
    resident and Area Manager for Eurocamp. 





    SHOW NOTES





    You can ski right now in Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland
    Al was testing skis at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead
    Christa last skied in Lauterbrunnen, Swizerland
    PCR tests are being replaced for the fully vaccinated 
    A Covid certificate may be required to ski in Switzerland, and possibly in Italy as well

    The Pass Sanitaire will apply to children in France from 30 September, so children's vaccinations in UK may become even more relevant





    https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1439844825822638090





    Austria have extended the max duration since full vaccination to 12 months from 270 days
    According to figures from the NHS, less than 1.5% of red and amber list arrivals tested positive in the week between Aug 26 and Sep 01 





    https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1438119171922046981
     


    Iain spoke to the following contributors at the Ski Launch
    event in London about their predictions for this winter season: Cathy Rankin (P&V), Nick Morgan (Le Ski), James Gambrill (Ski Club of Great Britain), Doug Newman (Ski Weekend), Jane Bolton (Erna Low), Hannah Zajic (Austrian Tourist Board)





    Listen to our Ski Podcast Special about Erna Low here 

     Find out more about the ‘Travelski Express’ in this blog post at Ski Flight Free

     Charlie Owen from SBiT has been on the podcast previously discussing post-Brexit recruitment in Episodes 8 and 20
     We featured Al’s review of Faction Dictator 3.0 in Episode 78 and discussed the Elan Voyager ski in Episode 71

     Read more about Dynastar’s range of skis for this winter on the SkiKitInfo website

     Jon-allan Butterworth is a multiple Paralympic medal winner in cycling
    Listen to our Pat Sharples Ski Podcast Special here

    He took part in ‘The Jump’ in 2015




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXztu1dT3qI

     
    Reviews

    Thanks to Andy (aka ‘sailormissingsnow’) for his 5* review on Apple Podcasts

    We really do appreciate reading all feedback about the show, so please do email me theskipodcast@gmail.com and if you can give us a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or
    whatever platform you listen on, then that would be great, as it helps other people find us.

    Don't forget you can always buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast and all cuppas are much appreciated. 

    • 49 min
    78: Mountaineering & Mountain Biking, National Snow Show plus Faction Skis interview

    78: Mountaineering & Mountain Biking, National Snow Show plus Faction Skis interview

    In Episode 78, we discuss the new National Snow Show coming up next month, summer activities in the mountains like e-biking, mountaineering and trail running, plus we talk to Tony McWilliam, founder of Faction Skis.

    Iain was joined by Stephen Morgan, MD at Raccoon Events, and mountaineer Olivia Jane, with contributions from Alyn Morgan at SkiKitInfo and Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance.

    SHOW NOTES





    Steve skied in Glencoe. Listen to our interview with Andy Meldrum, owner of Glencoe, in Episode 75

    There is now no quarantine for British arrivals into Italy

    Austria, Norway, Switzerland and Canada have all been added to the ‘Green List’

    But Austria are applying a 270 day limit on their double vaccination rules for travellers 
    The cost of tests remains an issue, as Battleface have identified in their previous research

     Iain used the Britanny Ferries discount for Randox tests
     Helen Coffey’s article in The Independent about ‘Trav-min’ is spot on
     We interviewed James Wilcox from Untamed Borders in our Special Episode about 'skiing in Afghanistan'
    Find out more about their campaign to support local guides here

    The National Snow Show is on at the NEC on 23-24 October
    Listen to our Ski Podcast Special with Benjamin Alexander – Jamaican Alpine Skier
    The mystery speaker turned out to be Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. Listen to our Ski Podcast Special interview with Eddie here. 
    We spoke to Mount Noire in Episode 61 of The Ski Podcast

    You can buy tickets to the National Snow Show here

    You can watch The Ski Podcast Live at the show at midday on Sunday 24 October
    Iain will be joined by Podcast regular Mike Richards as well as Simon Burgess, who told us about his experience skiing in the Lake District in Episode 73

    2021 is the 150th anniversary of Lucy Walker’s first female ascent of the Matterhorn

    Olivia Jane is part of the Mammut team

    Iain reported from Zermatt in Episode 76 




     https://www.instagram.com/p/CSW0BAIjQjI/ 





    Listen to Iain’s interview with Martin Anthamatten in Episode 77

    Iain took part in the Eiger Trail 51 race in Grindelwald, Switzerland
    Read Iain’s article ‘Five Tips for Fast Packing the Tour du Mont Blanc’

    The UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) is a 171km race with 10050m of climbing





    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyvVhgPp4p0
     


    Read Iain’s race report from the UTMB here

    Listen to Iain’s interview with Claire Burnet from the Chamonix Tourist Office in Episode 73

    The ‘Village Vacances Grandeur Nature’ offer in Chamonix meant visitors could enjoy free activities in July and August
    Jim went surfing at Alaia Bay and reported on that in Episode 76 and tried VTT in Crans Montana
    Iain spoke to Faction Skis founder Tony McWilliam about the early years of the company. You can listen to the full interview in our Ski Podcast Special

    Listen to our Ski Podcast Special with Jim Adlington

    Verbier holds an ebike Festival every year






    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQEGEx8D3J3/ 
     

    We're still waiting to get hold of Faction's new range, but Alyn Morgan (previously on the show in Episode 71) reviews the Faction Dictator 3.0 freeride here:




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6-nqtJb9Y0

    REVIEWS

    I'd like to thank everyone who bought me a coffee since our last podcast, it's very kind of you. Also thanks to these guys for their feedback and reviews:

    Tom Brownlee: “Keeping me going during this ski-less time!"
     
    Matt Hayes: "fantastic pods as ever"
     
    Andrew Brannan: “Two episodes to keep me going during August - Cheers for that!”
     
    Peter S: "An excellent discussion about the prospects for ski holidays this winter and a good report from Switzerland. Must listen to more of your podcasts now. Keep up the excellent work"
     
    Roddy MacDonald: "Enjoy the podcast, keeping the faith for the upcoming season both abroad and here in Scotland"

    Jon White: "I am enjoying your chats with everyone from ‘back in the day’ when I was in the industry"
     

    • 57 min
    A Ski Podcast Special: Tony McWilliam, founder Faction Skis

    A Ski Podcast Special: Tony McWilliam, founder Faction Skis

    In this Ski Podcast Special, we meet Tony McWilliam, founder of one of the world's leading snowsports brands - Faction Skis.

    We find out what inspired him to start the company and how it took it to become one of the most famous freestyle ski brands in the world.

    SHOW NOTES





    Tony designed my first brochure for my first business, Natives.co.uk

    You can listen to our Ski Podcast Special with Pat Sharples here
    Faction skis started in 2003
    BoardX took place in Battersea for several years
    You can listen to our Ski Podcast with Jim Adlington here

    Other key contacts for Tony in the early years were Phil Martin, Gordy Hughes and Matt Reardon
    He worked closely with Peter Bauer, founder of Amplid
    The first range of Faction skis had a waist of 80-110mm
    Initially the skis were made in Annecy before production moved to Austria
    Skis like the Seth Pistol were an inspiration

    Jamie Strachan's designs for Volkl were another influence
    The first run of Faction skis was just 44 pairs - they now sell 35,000 pairs every year globally

    Sam Smoothy is a NZ freeride skier

    Ski Service in Verbier was the first store to stock Faction Skis
    Tony first met Candide Thovex as a 16-year-old rider in Les Arcs
    Check out Candide in China here (he took 27 pairs of skis with him for that shoot!)
    Tony launched an eco-friendly outerwear brand, GHOSTS, on Kickstarter in 2019
    He also worked with Eric Pollard - ex-Line Skis - on the launch of the new ski and snowboard range Season Eqpt

    Find out about Candide's outerwear brand

    • 35 min
    77: Skiing in Northern Ireland, Olympic Spirit & Patrouille des Glaciers

    77: Skiing in Northern Ireland, Olympic Spirit & Patrouille des Glaciers

    In Episode 77, we find out about skiing in Northern Ireland and we talk Olympics - summer and winter - with my guests Olympian Emily Sarsfield and World Cup winning telemarker, Jasmin Taylor. Iain meets Martin Anthamatten to find out what it takes to win the Patrouille des Glaciers.

    SHOW NOTES





    Mark and David skied in the Mourne Mountains (850m), just north of the border near Dundalk and at Errigal mountain in Donegal (751m)
    Watch their TikTok here 



    https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd4N4dCU/





    Andy Meldrum from Glencoe told us about midsummer skiing event in Episode 75

    We have over 100 episodes to catch up on at TheSkiPodcast.com

    Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance joined us
    Battleface research shows that on average people are prepared to pay £61 for travel tests




    https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1422830932793376771





    We interviewed Vicky Gosling - CEO of GB Snowsport - in Episode 21

    Listen to the Pat Sharples Ski Podcast Special

    Jasmin Taylor has reached the podium in World Cup events more than 30 times - you can listen to our Ski Podcast Special with Jasmin here

    Find out about the Ellie Souter Foundation


    'The Chimp Paradox' is by Steve Peters
    Iain spoke to Philippa Middleton about the Patrouille des Glaciers race way, way back in Episode 06 of The Ski Podcast


    Martin Andermatten is a previous winner of the Patrouille des Glaciers
    Find out more about the Sierre Zinal trail race

    Iain took part in the Eiger Trail in Grindelwald

    UTMB went 'fastpacking' around the Tour de Mont Blanc in four days
    Iain takes part in the UTMB trail race - 171km with 9500m+ - later in August

    • 1 hr 2 min
    76: Surfing, Skateboarding & Snow Drifts in Switzerland

    76: Surfing, Skateboarding & Snow Drifts in Switzerland

    In Episode 76, we discuss surfing, skateboarding and snow drifts in Switzerland in Crans Montana, Zinal & Zermatt. Plus we chat ski holiday trends for next winter, including the implications of Brexit for British workers, plus we find out what it's like to live in a mountain refuge year round.




    Iain is joined by Cathy Rankin from Pierre & Vacances and, joining us from La Clusaz, a voice that long time listeners of the show will know well, former presenter of The Ski Podcast, Jim Duncombe.





    SHOW NOTES





    Iain didn't get to ski in Zermatt, but he did do this snow report for InTheSnow Magazine

    Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School was skiing at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise from the Cervinia side
    The UK government has introduced a new 'Amber Plus' category for France in their traffic light system
    France has also introduced a new vaccination certificate system, called the Pass Sanitaire, to allow access to restaurants
    Jim was surfing in the Alaia Bay surf centre in Sion and skateboarding at the Alaia Chalet in Crans Montana



    The Alaia Bay surf centre





    Iain went to Crans Montana in December when he interviewed Adam Bonvin, the founder of Alaia Chalet and Alaia Bay

    Iain was trail running last week in Switzerland as preparation for the UTMB race in August




    Day 1 took him along the Sierre-Zinal course

    He first came across snow on Stage 6 of the Via Valais, which took him to the Turtmann Hutte where he interviewed Fredy Tscherigg



    Magdalen and Fredy Tscherigg




    Stage 7 was more challenging with heavy snowfall to deal with!
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM9RvCJaJpQ 

    Iain last stayed in a refuge when ski touring in Morocco. You can listen to his report on this in Episode 30



    Ski touring in Morocco





    Cathy Rankin took part in the Travel Industry Day of Action


    Seasonal Businesses in Travel are lobbying for British staff to be able to work in the Alps



    Photo (c) Daily Express

    Reviews




    "Love the skipodcast. Thank you for keeping us hopeful over the last 15 months."


    Simon Marr



    Thanks to Wayne Hall and Jonny Goldsbrough for buying me a coffee. Don't forget if you enjoy listening to The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast and all cuppas are much appreciated.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

sailormissingsnow ,

Great to stay connected to the snow!

I’ve enjoyed your podcast for a couple of years now. After attending a natives job fair I ended up doing 4 winters in Val d’Isere. I really enjoy being kept in the loop with the alps and also hearing about the more random ski locations around the world. I work at sea now and have listened to your show in most oceans and even up in the Northwest Passage. Thanks, Andy

Riferty ,

Ski Ski Ski

Thoroughly enjoyable podcast. Noticeable improvement since the other guy left. One of the few things that’s keeping me going through a winter with no skiing (although Ive now booked 3 separate weeks for next winter). Would be good to hear reviews and reports from more European resorts. Keep up the good work

Les petit singe ,

Brilliant

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.

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