163: Ski Boot Fitting at Profeet, La Plagne’s glacier & protecting your skin

In Episode 163 Iain has his ski boots fitted at Profeet, we discuss how to protect your skin when skiing and look at La Plagne glacier lift changes.

Iain was joined by Jen Tsang from La Plagne and regular guest and equipment expert Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.com and down the line by Michelle Baker from Melanoma Fund and Tim Fawke from Snowsport England.


  • Jen last appeared on the snow in Episode 99
  • Al skied in Obertauern in Austria
  • The Ski Podcast is sponsored by Les 3 Vallées  the largest ski area in the world
  • Patrick Thorne is author of ‘Around the World in 50 Pistes’ and appeared on the show in Episode 162 
  • Les 3 Vallées once had 220 lifts, but now it’s only 160 – as they are bigger and faster, with an uplift capacity of 300,000 skiers/snowboarders per hour
  • Chris Moran from Intersport Ski Hire reported from the opening weekend in Courchevel (3:40)
  • Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School was in Cervinia, Italy (5:30)
  • Keith Webb reported from Kaprun, Austria (7:10)
  • Betony Garner was skiing in Courmayeur, Italy (9:20)
  • Michelle Baker is the CEO of the Melanoma Fund about their new snowsports campaign (10:15)
  • After a lot of discussion with Al, Iain chose the Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 CT GW for his new boots (24:45)
  • Al explains about GripWalk soles in ski boots (26:50)
  • Iain went to Profeet in Fulham to have his new boots fitted and custom insoles made (28:00)
  • Master bootfitter Sam Jones looked after Iain (29:30)
  • Sam also fitted the Carv device, which Iain will be testing in Val Thorens later this month (36:30)
  • The choice of sock material (merino, silk, manmade) depends on individual physiology and budget (38:30)


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