87: The Magic Pass, Aosta Valley & Allenheads Ski Club

In Episode 87 we discuss the Swiss Magic Pass, the best new kit for next winter, plus we find out about skiing from Allenheads in England to the Aosta Valley in Italy.

Iain was joined by Simon Burgess and Martina Diez, from The-Ski-Guru.com as well as regulars Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment guru Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo


  • Dave Ryding become the first British skier to win an Alpine World Cup race
  • Katie Crowe joined us from Battleface Travel Insurance for the travel update
  • The Day 2 return travel test looks like it will end on February 11
  • The French travel ban ended on 14 January
  • Italy now requires a ‘Super Green Pass’ to go skiing
  • Abi Butcher was nominated in the TravMedia awards for her exclusive on the Verbier fiasco last year. You can listen to Abi talking about that story in E66
  • Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School reported from the Jura mountains in Switzerland
  • Babsi Lapwood from the Mountain Trade Network was in Serfaus
  • Jim Duncombe is based in La Clusaz
  • Nigel Sanger spoke on behalf of the Allenheads Ski Club
Iain and Nigel from Allenheads
  • Artilect were one of the award winners
  • Smartwool offer plant-based dye on their Merino underlayers
  • Find out about Intersport’s BootDoc service in Episode 86
  • There’s been some great success at the Paralympic World Champs
  • Iain previously interviewed Jon-allan Butterworth who represented GB for the first time.
  • Charlotte Bankes took a Double 1st in Snowboard Cross at Krasnoyarsk
  • Katie Ormerod was 4th in Snowboard Slopestyle in Mammoth
  • Kirsty Muir took 5th in Ski Slopestyle at the same event
  • Charlie Guest took a career best 13th in the Slalom in Schladming Slalom
  • Team GB athletes have been given ‘burner phones‘ to avoid being spied on


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