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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.
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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.
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
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
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
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:
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"
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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75: St Moritz Engadin, Midsummer Skiing in Glencoe & The Ski Club of Great Britain
In Episode 75, Iain and his guests find out about St Moritz Engadin in Switzerland, mid-summer skiing in Scotland and the oldest ski club in the world - the Ski Club of Great Britain.
Iain was joined by Marijana Jakic from St. Moritz and James Gambrill, the new general manager at the Ski Club of Great Britain.
60% of our listeners are from the UK, with the other 40% spread across the globe
Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from the summer glacier in Tignes
Alex Armand from Tip Top Ski Coaching reported from the glacier in Les 2 Alpes
Steve Angus was on the glacier in Val d'Isère
We featured skiing in Scotland in May in Episode 73
Andy Meldrum is the owner of Glencoe
If you'd like to know more about skiing in Scotland, can I suggest taking a listen to Episode 62, when we were joined by Trafford Wilson from Snowsport Scotland.
We have over 100 episodes to catch up on, so if you're a new listener, have a look on the website (www.theskipodcast.com), maybe look for a tag or category that takes your interest, from Crans Montana to Courchevel, Eddie the Eagle to Erna Low.
Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance talked us through the current travel situation
Cricket is still played on the St Moritz lake every winter
Engadin is famous for hosting the Engadin Ski Marathon - the second largest cross country event in the world
David Norris took part in the race in 2003 and 2004
James Gambrill previously founded and managed LISTEX - the trade networking show for the snowsports industry
The SCGB is the oldest ski club in the world, founded in 1903 at the Cafe Royale in London
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.
74: Cat Skiing in North Macedonia, Summer Snow in Avoriaz & Sustainability in Morzine
In Episode 74, we discuss summer skiing in Avoriaz, sustainability in Morzine and cat skiing in North Macedonia. Plus we talk origins with Jim Adlington from Planks Clothing and the demise of apres-ski in Courchevel with Alex Irwin.
Iain is joined ‘live’ by Sara Burdon from Morzine Tourist Office and regular guest and friend of the show, Mike Richards.
· Katie Crowe is from Battleface Travel Insurance
· You can read the details of their latest research here
· Their Sherpa tool is useful for checking the latest situation in each country
· Richie Owen reported from Mt Hutt in New Zealand
· Tammy from Mint Snowboarding was in Avoriaz
· We were joined by Paul Anderson, CEO at NZski.com in Episode 73
· We have over 100 episodes to catch up on
· Morzine and Avoriaz are both within the same ‘commune’
· Avoriaz was founded by Jean Vuarnet, ski racer and sunglass pioneer
· Al Judge from AliKats took part in our Electric Vehicles special
· Dom Turner from Skiology was on the show in Episode 65
· Find out about the excellent organisation Montagne Verte
· Iain went to Les Arcs to review their sustainability in Episode 45
· Morzine was the first ski resort to have a dedicated MTB course in 1997
· Mike went to North Macedonia in January 2011
· Mike has previously talked about his experiences in Georgia (Episode 37), Montenegro (Episode 39), Japan (Episode 41) and in Wales (Episode 65)
· Popova Shapka was a candidate for the 1992 Winter Olympics (which went to Sarajevo instead)
· Mike stayed at the Hotel Slavija, which opened in 1987
· Eskimo Freerideoffer cat skiing in Popova Shapka
· Find out more about the resort here (in Macedonian)
· Listen to our special episode of The Ski Podcast with Jim Adlington
· Alex Irwin is presenter of the 150 Days of Winter YouTube channel
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I'd like to thank Wayne Hall and the Winterised team for buying me a cuppa since our last episode.
It takes hours to put together a single episode of the podcast, so if you enjoy The Ski Podcast, you can buy me a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/theskipodcast
Don't forget if you'd like some TSP stickers for your helmet, skis or phone, then just email email@example.com with your address and we'll post some out to you for free.
Our next episode will be out in early July - let's hope we have some better news on travel by then…
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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
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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
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.