168: Ski Test 2023/24, Protect Our Winters & Solar Power in Méribel

In E168 we discuss next year’s kit, travelling to the mountains by train & EV and solar panels in Méribel. Plus we have new snow reports, a Team GB update and a snippet from our forthcoming interview with Ed Leigh.

Iain was joined by Lauren MacCallum and Lindsey Dixon from Protect Our Winters and equipment expert, Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.com


  • Al was in La Clusaz (2:00)
  • Here’s a look at Candide Thovex doing what he does best in his home resort
  • Lindsey reports on her skiing in Val d’Isere
  • Lauren was splitboarding in Cairngorm, Scotland and prior to that in Les 7 Laux, France (see our main photo for a shot of the inversion!) (3:00)
  • Betony Garner reported from Flaine, France (5:15)
  • Dave Burrows from Snowpros Ski School reported from Morgins, Switzerland (plus Avoriaz & Villars) (6:30)
  • Ed Leigh has been splitboarding in Courchevel (9:15)
  • The SIGB Ski Test took place in La Clusaz (11:15) 
  • The industry trade show, Slide, takes place in early January (17:00)
  • Al writes up his equipment tests for his own website SkiKitInfo.com, as well as for The Telegraph and Fall Line Skiing magazine 
  •  Trends to look out for include ‘BOA’ bindings on ski boots (20:00)
  •  Look out for the Salomon Addict Pro piste ski (21:00)
  •  Lauren uses a Nidecker Thruster unisex snowboard (23:00)
  •  Al tested the Carv device (24:00)
  •  Protect Our Winters was founded by snowboarder Jeremy Jones (28:00)
  •  Lindsey travelled on a Ouigo service from Paris to Bourg-St-Maurice (30:30)
  • The final bus transfer was booked with Altibus (37:00)
  •  Lauren drove to Val Thorens in a Tesla Y electric car (38:00)
  •  Iain drove to Zermatt in a Tesla in August (39:00)
  • Regenerative braking adds to the battery range when going downhill (42:30)
  • Clement Martinod works for the Meribel Alpine lift company
  • Zoe Atkin won gold in the Ski Superpipe at the XGames in Aspen
  • Kirsty Muir won two bronzes at the XGames
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield took bronze in her first Moguls World Cup podium 
  • The Alpine Ski World Championships take place in Courchevel and Meribel in Les 3 Vallees from 06-13 Feb (51:00)
  • The full interview with Ski Sunday’s Ed Leigh will be released as Episode 169 on 10 February


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