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Want to know more about the world of skiing?

The Ski Podcast is an award-winning podcast with over 200 episodes covering 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 the avalanche of ski news.

The Ski Podcast was voted 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in the 2021 Sports Podcast Awards and nominated for 'Best Broadcast Programme' in the 2023 Travel Media Awards.

Iain is a freelance journalist and digital marketing consultant (https://www.skipedia.co.uk/) specialising in snowsports. He is also the founder of Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org) - a campaign to encourage skiers to take the train or drive to their ski holiday.

Before The Ski Podcast, he spent six winters working in the Alps, then founded and managed the season worker community 'Natives' from 1999 to 2011.

Listen to all our back catalog at http://www.theskipodcast.com

If you want to get in touch or take part you can email us: theskipodcast@gmail.com

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The Ski Podcast The Ski Podcast

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    • 4.6 • 115 Ratings

Want to know more about the world of skiing?

The Ski Podcast is an award-winning podcast with over 200 episodes covering 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 the avalanche of ski news.

The Ski Podcast was voted 'Best Wintersports Podcast' in the 2021 Sports Podcast Awards and nominated for 'Best Broadcast Programme' in the 2023 Travel Media Awards.

Iain is a freelance journalist and digital marketing consultant (https://www.skipedia.co.uk/) specialising in snowsports. He is also the founder of Ski Flight Free (http://www.skiflightfree.org) - a campaign to encourage skiers to take the train or drive to their ski holiday.

Before The Ski Podcast, he spent six winters working in the Alps, then founded and managed the season worker community 'Natives' from 1999 to 2011.

Listen to all our back catalog at http://www.theskipodcast.com

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

    202: Blair Aitken, British Backcountry expert

    202: Blair Aitken, British Backcountry expert

    Episode 202 is a special interview with Blair Aitken, British Backcountry expert. 

    Blair is a former alpine national ski champion who has been backcountry skiing in Scotland since the mid-nineties.

    He now offers British skiers guided courses, introducing them to the Scottish highlands through his business British Backcountry. He is also the author of the book ‘Ski Touring in the Northern Cairngorms’.

    SHOW NOTES

    Blair was previously on the podcast in Episode 173 when we discussed the film ’10 in a Weekend’ (2:00)
    Blair skied on Hillend as a junior racer (4:00)
    Listen to our Dave Ryding special episode (5:00)
    Iain spoke with Zak Carrick-Smith in Episode 200 (5:45)
    Blair ran the New Generation Ski School in Val d'Isère (6:45)
    Starting British Backcountry (14:15)
    Gav Carruthers is Blair’s business partner (14:30)
    The impact of global warming on Scottish skiing (16:00)
    Cairngorm have introduced a ski touring pass (16:45)
    Watch Iain’s windy, raining ski touring experience at Glencoe (18:30)
    Travel by the Caledonian Sleeper to the Scottish ski fields is more popular (19:15)
    Blair’s book ‘Ski Touring in the Northern Cairngorms’ (20:45) 
    Find out more about Iain’s trip to Scotland in Episode 203, going live on 01 March (25:45)

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    You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast. Alternatively send your feedback about the show to theskipodcast@gmail.com 

    • 26 min
    201: Norway Special ft Gausta, Strandafjellet and Fjellsetra

    201: Norway Special ft Gausta, Strandafjellet and Fjellsetra

    This episode is a Norway special, featuring the resorts of Gausta, Strandafjellet and Fjellsetra. Iain was joined by Lucy Aspden, Ski Editor at The Telegraph and Rich Astley live from Norway.

    Intersport Ski Hire Discount Code
    Save money on your ski hire by using the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ at intersportrent.com, or simply take this link for your discount to be automatically applied at the checkout.
     
    SHOW NOTES 

    Ian Williams reported from Les Arcs (2:30)
    Martha Wells was in Big White, Canada (3:45)
    Simon Burgess reported from Flaine (4:30)
    Pip bought ski boots and had them fitted at Michel Croz Intersport in Chamonix (6:45)
    Andrew Musgrave who finished 7th in the 20km Cross Country in Canmore (7:00)
    Listen to Iain’s interview with Zak Carrick-Smith in Episode 200 (7:15)
    Twin brother Freddie Carrick-Smith won gold in the u18 Slalom in the European Champs
    Sadly, both Esprit Ski + Powderwhite will not operate next winter (7:30)
    Iain has taken the Flight Free UK pledge not to take any flights in 2024 (10:15)
    Find out about Iain’s train journey to Chamonix on Ski Flight Free
    Lucy travelled to Gausta in Norway (10:30)
    Find out about the Gaustatoppen funicular and links with WWII (14:45)
    Watch the film ‘Heroes of Telemark’ (18:45)
    Find out about the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) (23:00)
    Rich is based in the Sunnmores Alps (25:30)
    Previously he has been ski touring with Uteguiden (25:45)
    Rich fell in love with the area on a trip to the Kilsti compact lodges (29:00)
    (29:00)
    He bought land in the area, and built a property, now available to rent (31:00)
    Fjellsetra is a great family resort (32:00)
    Strandafjellet has more freeride ski options (32:15)
     
    Feedback

    I enjoy all feedback about the show, I like to know what you think, especially about our features so please contact on social @theskipodcast or by email theskipodcast@gmail.com

    Andrew Petch: "Episode 199 with Dave Ryding was another great pod"
    Miranda Walsh: "Another cracking episode thank you. Mr Ryding is a legend!"
    Matthew: "Loving your work. Just wondering if you’d ever done a pod on helmet headphones? I’m going to go in on the Carv, so thinking about the audio element too"

    We’ll ask Al for an answer on that. In the meantime you can enjoy our Equipment Specials in our back catalog.

    If you like the podcast, there are three things you can do to help:
     
    1) Review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify
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    3) Book your ski hire with Intersport Rent using the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ or simply take this link for your discount to be automatically applied at the checkout.

    Helen kindly Bought Me A Coffee: "Thank you. I have been listening to all the previous episodes and just love it!"

    There are 206 episodes to catch up with and 180 were listened to in the last week. 53% of our listeners are in the UK, with 47% across the rest of the world, including listeners in the last week from Colombia, India, Kenya and Malaysia. 

    There is so much to listen to in our back catalog, just go to theskipodcast.com and search around the tags and categories: you’re bound to find something of interest to you. 

    You can follow Iain @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast. 

    • 41 min
    200: Chamonix, Jasmin Taylor & Zak Carrick-Smith

    200: Chamonix, Jasmin Taylor & Zak Carrick-Smith

    This episode is a Chamonix special. We look at the different ski areas, who they're best for (and who they're not) and explore the history of this famous resort. 

    Iain also reports on the Kandahar World Cup Slalom race, where he spoke with British skiers, Dave Ryding, Billy Major and Laurie Taylor. Plus there’s a chat with best of the next generation, Zak Carrick-Smith, who won three medals at the Youth Olympic Games last month.

    Iain was joined by Britain’s most successful ever World Cup skier, telemarker Jasmin Taylor. Jasmin is currently enjoying one of her best seasons.

    SHOW NOTES

    Jasmin was last on the show in Episode 94 (1:00)
    Tim Hudson from Inspired Italy reported from the Dolomites in Italy (2:20)
    Jen Tsang runs the website That’s La Plagne (4:00)
    Dave Burrows from SnoPros Ski School reported from Les Crosets (6:30)
    Watch Iain’s video snow reports on the Skipedia YouTube channel (9:00)
    Iain managed a Ski IQ of 149 on his Carv (9:15)
    https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1753424786049368108
    The Chamonix ski areas: Brevent/Flegere (11:00)
    The Chamonix ski areas: Argentière/Grand Montets (12:30)
    There was a fire in the Grands Montets mid-station in 2018 (13:45)
    The Chamonix ski areas: Le Tour (16:00)
    The Aiguille du Midi and the Vallée Blanche (19:45)
    The walk down the arête to the start of the Vallée Blanche (22:00)
    A new gondola from the Mer de Glace to Montenvers has opened (23:30)
    The QC Terme spa is so impressive (25:00)
    Iain visited the Rose du Pont (26:30)
    The Maison Carrier is a beautiful traditional restaurant (27:00)
    Jasmin is a fan of La Cha in Les Houches (27:30)
    Iain booked accommodation via Chamonix All Year at Apt Lou Lou (28:30)

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    Jasmin has recorded 50 World Cup and 4 World Championship podiums (29:30)
    Jasmin’s season to date has included 4 World Cup golds
    You can contribute to Jasmin's Crowdfunder here 
    Mia Brookes won gold & Zoe Atkin silver at Xgames (37:30)
    Charlotte Bankes won gold in Snowboard Cross in Guadari (37:45)
    https://youtu.be/gQDgN0itu0w
    The Kandahar World Cup Slalom was held in Chamonix (38:30)
    Post Race Interviews: Dave Ryding (39:00)
    Post Race Interviews: Billy Major (39:30)
    Post Race Interviews: Laurie Taylor (41:00)
    Listen to our exclusive interview with Dave Ryding in Episode 199 (42:00)
    Interview with Zak Carrick-Smith (43:30)
    Zak won three medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon
    https://twitter.com/TeamGB/status/1749343320034451825
    Zak’s mother is Olympian Emma Carrick-Anderson (46:00)
    You can follow the ‘Carrick-Smith Boys’ on Facebook and Insta (48:45)
    Mollie Butler also competed in Gangwon (49:30)
    Chamonix is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Winter Olympic Games (53:00)
    Interview with Bernadette Tsuda, Heritage Guide in Chamonix (53:15)

    Feedback (56:30)
     
    I enjoy all feedback about the show, I like to know what you think, especially about our features so please contact on social @theskipodcast or by email theskipodcast@gmail.com

    Miranda Slater: "Your podcast gets better and better"
    Robin: "Enjoyed the interview with Preet"
    Oliver Rutman: "Throughly enjoyed the South Pole expedition episode: what an extreme adventure!"
    Alan Pinegur: "Just listening to the Dave Ryding interview. Great content, as ever!"
    Nick Careless: "Love the podcast and really enjoyed the interview with Preet Chandi. Any podcasts on monoskis?"

    Watch ‘Apocalypse Snow’ on YouTube (57:45)

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    There are now 205 episodes to catch up with and 143 were listened to in the last week. 52% of you are

    • 59 min
    199: Dave 'The Rocket' Ryding

    199: Dave 'The Rocket' Ryding

    An exclusive interview with Britain’s most successful Alpine skier, Dave ‘The Rocket’ Ryding. Dave is the only Briton to win a World Cup Alpine Ski race, as well as being the oldest skier ever to achieve that feat. With seven World Cup podiums to his name, he is leading the way for the next generation of British skiers.

    In this chat we discuss the new talent that is breaking through, his training, his team mates (including Laurie Taylor’s controversial moustache!) and what it’s really like on race day.

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    SHOW NOTES

    Dave was last on the podcast in Episode 54 during the Covid lockdown (1:30)
    Dave next race will be in Chamonix (2:00)
    It was raining heavily at the Schladming Night Race (3:00)
    Dave is the oldest ever winner of a World Cup slalom race (4:45)       
    He made his debut at Alta Badia in Dec 2011 (5:15)
    Dave had a gondola named after him in Kitzbuhel (7:00)
    Why does Dave do so well on the second run? (8:00)
    What do you do in the gap between the first and second run (9:15)
    Dave can average 119 bpm heart rate for an entire race day (11:30)
    Dave has run sub-17 minutes in his local parkrun (14:00)
    At Madonna di Campiglio Dave became the 2nd oldest to podium after Giuliano Razzoli (18:30)
    At Kitzbuhel, there were 3 British skiers in the top 10 for the first time (19:00)
    Check out Laurie's YouTube channel 'Behind the Brits' (22:45)
    The team have to move around over 100 slalom gates and 50 pairs of skis (24:00)
    The rest of the team are Tristan Glasse-Davies, Jai Geyer, Alain Baxter & Brad Morgan (25:45)
    Listen to Lesley McKenna talking about Alain Baxter’s medal win in 2002
    Should Laurie ever grow a moustache? (31:00)
    Zak Carrick-Smith looks an amazing talent (32:00)
    You can buy ‘Rocket’ merchandise at Ski Racing Supplies (36:00)

    Cover photo courtesy of @chemmyski 

    FEEDBACK 

    I like to know what you think, especially about our features so please contact on social @theskipodcast or by email theskipodcast@gmail.com
     
    If you like the podcast, there are three things you can do to help:
     
     1) Review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify
     2) Subscribe
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    • 38 min
    198: Skiing to the South Pole, Les 2 Alpes Marathon & 2024 Ski Test Update

    198: Skiing to the South Pole, Les 2 Alpes Marathon & 2024 Ski Test Update

    We discover what it’s like skiing to the South Pole, Iain takes the train to Les 2 Alpes to run a marathon on snow and Al updates us from the SIGB Ski Test in La Clusaz.

    Iain was joined by Preet Chandi - the world’s fastest woman to complete a solo unsupported ski expedition to the South Pole.

    Intersport Ski Hire Discount Code
    Save money on your ski hire by using the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ at intersportrent.com, or simply take this link for your discount to be automatically applied at the checkout.

    SHOW NOTES

    Iain gave an update on ski conditions in Les 2 Alpes (1:45)
    Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Ski is in St Anton (2:30)
    Betony Garner reported from La Clusaz (5:00)
    Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter is in Courchevel (6:15)
    Congratulations to Andrea Dalton who wins our competition to win stuff (7:30)
    Dave Ryding (5th), Billy Major (13th) and Laurie Taylor (19th) became the first three British athletes to all finish in the top-20 of an Alpine World Cup race (7:45)
    Youth Olympic Winter Games in Gangwon, Zak Carrick-Smith won gold in Alpine Combined, delivering Britain's first ever gold medal at any Olympic competition in Alpine skiing (8:00)
    Jaz Taylor won back-to-back golds in Telemark Sprint World Cup competition in Carezza Dolomites (8:45)
    Iain had pledged to go Flight Free in 2024 (9:15)
    Watch Iain’s panel on train travel at the Birmingham Ski Show
    Find out more about train travel to Les 2 Alpes via Grenoble (9:30)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wE6bG9lVxU
    Les Lumieres de la Muzelle is a marathon entirely on snow (11:15)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU31iRTq7n0
    Katie Bamber was last on the show in Episode 172 (12:00)
    Harpreet ‘Preet’ Chandi is the world’s fastest woman to complete a solo unsupported ski expedition to the South Pole (16:00)
    Preet covered 1130km of Antarctic ice between 26 Nov and 28 Dec 2023 (16:30)
    Preet used Alfa cross country skis and boots (17:30)
    Her sled weighed around 75-80kg (22:00)
    Her nutrition was provided by Base Camp Foods (25:00)
    Temperatures went as low as -30C (27:30)
    Preet loves her ‘pogies’ (30:00)
    Al Morgan and Amy Marwick were at the SIGB Ski Test in La Clusaz (40:45)
    Preet wore five layers of gloves at times! (45:00)

    FEEDBACK (46:00)

    I enjoy all feedback about the show, I like to know what you think, especially about our features so please contact on social @theskipodcast or by email theskipodcast@gmail.com
     
    Dave Mills (FB): "The perfect podcast for a dog walk. The Ski Podcast just keeps getting better and better...What more could you possibly want before your next ski trip?”

    Laura-Jane Shouldice: "I recently found your podcast and it is truly fantastic!"

    Scott Grogan: "I’m a recent discoverer of the show.  It's been a nice companion while tuning and waxing a huge pile of my kids’ skis"

    If you enjoy the podcast, you can always buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast. Thanks to Ster and Charlotte for their coffees and kind words:

    Ster: "Keep up the good work"

    Charlotte (BMAC): "I discovered your podcast last week and have been really enjoying it! I went skiing for the first time this year, after wanting to go for years and fell in love with it. I’ve been listening through all your episodes since I got back, and they’ve really helped me learn more about the sport and relive the great memories from my holiday!"

    If you like the podcast, there are three things you can do to help:

    1) Review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify
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    3) Book your ski hire with Intersport Rent using the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ or by taking this link

    There are now 203 episodes to catch up with and 169 were listened to in the last week. 59% of our listeners are in the UK, with 41% across the rest of the world, including places as diverse as Malaysia, Kazakstan, Mexico and Kenya. 

    You can follow me @skipedia and the podcast @theskipodcast. 

    • 48 min
    The Best Ski Gloves & Socks of Winter 2024 (plus why you should NEVER buy ‘tube socks’)

    The Best Ski Gloves & Socks of Winter 2024 (plus why you should NEVER buy ‘tube socks’)

    Iain and Al pick the best ski gloves and socks for winter 2024, plus we explain what a ‘Lobster Claw’ glove is and why the two biggest ‘ski sock sins’ are wearing tube socks or wearing two pairs of socks! 

    This Special Episode of The Ski Podcast has been made possible by Ellis Brigham - the winter sports specialists.
     
    They have 16 shops around the UK where you can find all the kit you need for this winter. Alternatively, simply go to their website at ellis-brigham.com to buy online now.

    SHOW NOTES
    Listen to all of our equipment specials (on skis, ski boots, jackets, goggles and helmets)
    Listen to Al sharing his thoughts on Slide 2024 in Episode 197 (1:00)
    Try before you buy (3:30)
    What is a ‘Lobster Claw’? (4:30)
    What are powder cuffs or powder gauntlets? (5:00)
    Is ‘touch screen compatibility’ a must? (6:00)
    Try the Thermic Heat Boost£300 if you’re looking for ‘electrically heated gloves’ (7:00)
    Can you have ‘waterproof’ gloves? (8:00)
    What’s a ‘liner glove’? (9:30)
    What’s a ‘shell’ glove/mitt? (10:30)
    What’s new in sustainability in gloves? (11:30)
    Find out more about PFCs and DWR in our ski jackets episode (12:30)

    The Best Ski Gloves for Winter 2024

    Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX 3 Finger Men's Gloves, £165 (14:30)
    Hestra is an iconic glove brand. The Army Leather 3 finger gives fabulous warmth with decent dexterity, thanks to the lobster claw design and it has a long powder gauntlet. You get excellent breathable waterproofing thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane. It’s a unisex glove, only in black, with a white goat leather palm and thumb cover. 

    Black Diamond Women's Spark Gloves, £100 (15:15)
    Redesigned for this season, this is available in men’s and women’s versions in various colours. It’s an under-cuff design using tough goat leather, with PrimaLoft Gold insulation for great warmth without loads of bulk. There’s foam padding across the back of the hand and the lining of this version has made it easier to get damp hands into. If want a real work-horse glove without breaking the bank, consider the £45 ‘Dirt Bag’ glove.

    The North Face Montana Luxe FUTURELIGHT Men's Gloves, £90 (16:15)
    TNF’s own Futurelight insert gives good waterproofing and excellent breathability. This great value glove has recycled material for the outer and lining, a PFC-free DWR and their own Heatseaker Eco insulation. It’s an under-cuff design with a pull loop for getting into the glove, and touch-screen compatible tips on the thumb and index finger. 
     
    Roxy Jetty Women’s Mitts, £60 (18:00)
    These mitts use PFC-free water repellent, uses some recycled materials, and has Roxy’s DryFlight tech to keep the weather out. The palm is artificial PU leather, rather than real leather. Leather is typically more durable but this is a vegan option for those who don’t want to use animal products. This is excellent value, offering good warmth.

    Salomon Propeller Glove, £55 (19:00)
    This is a superb value glove, which uses a durable polyamide (?) shell, synthetic leather palm and synthetic insulation. The finger ends are wrapped, although this is a ski glove rather than a snowboard glove. It uses Salomon’s own waterproof, breathable membrane and has an under-cuff design. It’s a great value option, if you don’t suffer with cold fingers.

    Why you should never buy tube socks… (20:00)
    How important is ‘padding’? (21:00)
    Should I wear two pairs of socks? (22:00)
    Are thick ski socks warmer? (23:00)
    Can you have snowboarding-specific socks? (23:30)

    The Best Ski Socks of winter 2024

    Therm-ic Powersocks Set - Heat Fusion+ S-pack 1400 BT, £270 (24:30)
    An excellent, if expensive, option for anyone who suffers from cold feet. Offer up to 16 hours battery life, but even without heating, the wool and synthetic blend provides good warmth. Uses USB rechargeable batteries and can be controlled via Bluetooth and an app.

    Smartwool Targeted Cushion Women's Ski Socks, £27 (26:15)

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Gggrrraaannnttt ,

Amazing ski podcast

Love this podcast! It covers a wide range of ski subjects in lots of detail! It is a must listen! Keep up the good work.

GarnBet ,

Great snowsports insights

I enjoy the Ski Podcast as I feel like I come away from every episode learning something about the snowsports industry. Any keen snow lover should take a listen

LianaF1234 ,

Golden nuggets of all things mountains

As a new listener to the podcast, thoroughly enjoying venturing through the episodes’ catalogue. A fantastic listen with interesting and invaluable insight into various resorts, the latest kit, and admirable guest speakers.
Really valued the Ski Train episode and the special segment at this years’ Birmingham Snow Show. It’s helped with debunking the unknowns around train’ing to the Alps and we’re excited to have booked the train to Tignes (Bourg Saint Maurice) in January! So thanks for that Iain.
Always look forward to the newest episode. Have a fantastic coming season (not long now)!

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