187: Copper Mountain, BOA ski boots & ski equipment trends

We find out about Copper Mountain in Colorado and look at look at this season’s equipment trends, including BOA ski boots, the Rossignol ‘Essential’ ski, the new Lange ‘Shadow’ innovation and look at clothing rental.

Iain was joined by Maria Fox, Director of Marketing at Copper Mountain, and podcast regular, Al Morgan, from SkiKitInfo.com


Copper Mountain stayed open to 28 May last winter (2:00)
Intersport Rent is the new main partner of The Ski Podcast (3:45)
Use the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ when you book your ski hire at intersportrent.com (4:00)
National Snow Week takes place between 14 and 22 October (5:00)
The shows are at the Birmingham NEC (14-15 Oct) and the London Excel (21-22 Oct)
Listeners can get a free ticket by using the code ‘SKIPODCAST’ (5:30)

LISTEX takes place at London Excel from 17-19 October (6:00)
The Ski Podcast is a finalist as ‘Best Broadcast Programme’ in the Travel Media Awards (6:15)
SNCF trains are now on sale for journeys up to 09 January (6:30)
Listen to Episode 185 for more info on Inghams train options (6:45)
Go to Ski Flight Free for all the info you need about train travel this winter
The Telegraph’s Bucket List poll showed 26% of people have a US Road Trip on their list (7:00)
Snowmaking started in Copper Mountain on 02 October (7:30)

Check all the facts about Copper here (9:00)
Downhill race training is on offer in Copper from 20 October (10:00)
Copper Mountain bills itself as the ‘Athlete’s Mountain’ (12:30)
Copper is the Official Training Centre for the US Ski and Snowboard team
The Woodward Terrain Parks in Copper are a key feature (14:45)
Copper hosts the Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games (17:00)
Employees at Copper Mountain are also eligible for Athlete Sponsorship (18:00)

Find out more about the BOA binding system for ski boots (24:00)

Find out more about the Lange ‘Shadow’ system (29:00)
The Rossignol ‘Essential’ ski is the ‘most sustainable ski’ Al has ever seen (33:00)

Planks is very upfront that “We are not eco-friendly” (35:15)
Clothing rental trend is evident with HurrJohn Lewis, ecoski, Selfridges all offering ski clothing rental (36:00)

Feedback (39:00)

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

Ian: “Just catching up on a few eps of the podcast. That 3 Valleys hike in Episode 184 sounds awesome!”

David: “Thanks so much for the podcast: my wife and I are keen listeners”

James Hawkins: “I love listening to every episode so keep up the good work. I enjoyed the conversation about golf in Episode 186 and wanted to mention the Kitzbuhel Golf Festival…they transform “The Streif” into a golf course for the day. The first tee shot is taken from the actual Hahnenkamm starting gate and you play the exact race track.”

Tom Kelly: “I’ve enjoyed listening to your podcasts. I also do a skiing pod, the Last Chair, for Ski Utah. The episode on rail travel to the Alps made me jealous that we really don’t have that here in the USA.”

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