172: The Haute Route, Off-Piste in Verbier & Les 3 Vallées Enduro

In Episode 172 Iain was joined by ski journalists Katie Bamber and Tristan Kennedy to discuss the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, plus we look in detail at Verbier in Switzerland.


  • The Ski Podcast is sponsored by Les 3 Vallées – the largest ski area in the world
  • Winter Legacy event in Courchevel is organised by Alexis Pinterault (5:15)
  • In Episode 98 Emily Sarsfield spoke about the AJ Bell Challenge (5:30)
  • Olivier Desaulty and Tom Herbst from Les 3 Vallées joined us to discuss the ‘Enduro’ (6:00)
  • The Les 3 Vallées Enduro takes place on Sunday 02 April
  • Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from Courchevel (14:45)
  • Betony Garner was in Courmayeur in Italy (15:45)
  • Simon Burgess was skiing in Yad Moss in England on 11 March (16:45)
Yad Moss earlier this month

  • Robin Shah has reported for the podcast from Verbier on several occasions (21:30)
  • Iain and Robin skied the Three Fingers Couloir from Attelas (28:30)
  • Listen to our in-depth interview with Warren Smith in this special episode (29:00)
  • Can all ski resorts be categorised as either ‘fur’ resorts or ‘Goretex’ resorts? (33:30)
  • The final of the Freeride World Tour takes place in Verbier on 25 March (34:30)
  • Iain ate at two excellent restaurants: Le Rouge and La Nonna (35:00)
  • Dr. Michel Payot made the first ski crossing from Chamonix to Zermatt in 1903 (38:00)
  • The Patrouille des Glaciers race goes from Verbier to Zermatt (39:00)
  • Katie’s trip on the Haute Route was organised by Adventure Base
Katie on the Haute Route


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