Episode 32: Japow, McSki, Chill Factore & Ski Val go bust

In this episode, Jim finds out about the legendary Ja-pow in Japan, while Iain takes a first slide at the Chill Factore in Manchester.

We find out about how to buy property in the Alps, discuss whether you should eat chips in a cable car and mourn the sad loss of chalet industry stalwarts Ski Val. There’s also a new selection for our ski book group.

All that and much more in this 32nd episode of The Ski Podcast. Remember all pod listeners can claim a 10% discount a the north west’s premier ski and snow centre Chill Factore using the code (‘SKIPOD10’).

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Show Notes

– Jim spotted a ‘Ski Podcast’ sticker in La Clusaz. If you’d like a few for yourself, just email jim@theskipodcast.com with your address (1:15)
– The Slide Thru Taco Bell restaurant is in Horseshoe Ski Resort, Canada (3:00)
– There is a McDonalds Ski Through in Lindvallen in Sweden


– You can find some good last-minute deals on chalets at Chaletline (7:30)
– Dave Froome from ifyouski.com was skiing in Japan (10:30)
– Dave was speaking with Stephen Pearlman from JAL (13:00)
– Dave obviously flew Business Class, not First Class! (21:45)
– FinnAir are flying to Japan via Helisinki
– 10 year-old Sky Brown is set to be Britain’s youngest ever competitor at a summer Olympics after switching her allegiance to the UK to compete in skateboarding (23:00)


– Snowboardcross athlete Charlotte Bankes switched from France to Team GB earlier this year. Iain interviewed her in Episode 25
– Tony Hawks video game (24:30)
– Thanks for all of the reviews, especially Matt Walton and all our friends at Snowheads (25:00):


– Buy yourself an eTag pass for the French motorways (29:00)
– Iain visited Chill Factore in Manchester (30:00). You can view his snow report for InTheSnow here:

– Jim interviewed Mark Lightfoot from SnowOnly (32:45)
– Jim plans to try out via ferrata this summer (41:30)
– Iain will be trail running in the Val d’Anniviers region of Switzerland in July before racing in the Haut Forts trail race in Morzine in August (42:00)
– Jim’s selection for the new Ski Book Group is ‘The Alps’ by Stephen O’Shea. We anticipate we’ll be discussing this book in Episode 35 or 36 if you’d like to read it as well (43:00)


Ski Val have sadly ceased trading this week after over 40 years in business. More info when we have it. (45:30)

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