165: Orelle, Uzbekistan, Madesimo & ‘Le Board’ in Val Thorens

In Episode 165 we discuss skiing in destinations as diverse as Orelle, Madesimo and Uzbekistan, find out about the new sports centre in Val Thorens, plus we have snow reports from across Europe and some words from a World Champion.

Iain was joined by Sophie Ibbotson and regular guest, Mike Richards. 


  • Both Mike and Sophie were on ‘The Ski Podcast Live’ panel at the National Snow Show in Birmingham
  • In Episode 90 Mike told us about skiing in Turkey (2:00)
  • The Ski Podcast is sponsored by L3V – the largest ski area in the world
  • Charles Leocha in the book ‘Ski Europe describes it: ‘On paper, the area is overwhelming, in person it’s mind expanding’ (3:00)
  • Andy Butterworth of Kaluma Ski reported from St Anton (4:30)
  • Robin Shah is in Verbier (7:14)
  • Alex Armand from Tip Top Ski Coaching is in Les 2 Alpes (9:20)
  • Les Gets smoking ban: A territory without butts (10:00)
  • Iain visited Orelle, travelling by train (12:15)
  • The new Orelle-Cime gondola opened in December 2021 (15:00)
  • Iain travelled as a pedestrian from Orelle to Val Thorens (17:00)
  • Iain visited the new sports centre in Val Thorens, ‘Le Board’ (18:00)
  • Eric Blancot is the commercial director at the Val Thorens Tourist Office
  • Laurent Vanat produces the International Report on Snow and Mountain Tourism (33:15)
  • This excellent article on Uzbekistan by Tristan Kennedy appeared in Snow Magazine
  • Felix Milns told us about parachuting above the Eiger in Episode 98 (34:15)
  • You can find out more about Madesimo in this article from Fall Line (35:00)
  • This is the official Madesimo website (39:00)
  • Double podium for Charlotte Bankes in back-to-back Cervinia World Cups (41:30)
  • Andrew Musgrave took his second World Cup podium 
  • Andrews Musgrave and Young appeared in this special episode of the podcast) (42:00)
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield’s 6th in Idre Fjall, Sweden was her best ever result
  • Kirsty Muir took 5th in the Copper Mountain Ski Big Air World Cup
  • Alexis Pinterault is the most successful French ski racer of all time (42:50)
  • You can listen to how Al and Iain decided on Atomic Prime Hawx ski boots in Episode 163 (46:45)
  • Iain’s skis from Intersport Ski Hire were Atomic Backland 86s – great skis! (47:00)
  • Listen to Mike talking about skiing in Wales (49:30)


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