Episode 35: Val Thorens Zip Wire, Magic Pass v. SnowPass & Grimentz Zinal

In Episode 35, Jim reports on his recent visit to Grimentz in Switzerland while Iain tests the new zip wire in Val Thorens.

We look at the success of the Magic Pass, the new SnowPass, find out how to store your skis over summer and which resort is the most visited in the world…

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Show Notes

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Marmots: best not eaten raw
  • Val Thorens closed on 05 May with 30cm of fresh snow on the floor (5:00)
  • Iain tried out the new three-stage zip wire in Val Thorens in April (6:30)
Research from LISTEX
  • Snowonly offer 42 properties for sale in La Plagne, which offers great value compared to other resorts (16:00)
  • Magic Pass is already on sale for 2019/20 (17:30)

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Jim was skiing in Grimentz
  • LISTEX research showed that holidaymakers who go to Switzerland do not find it as expensive as it’s perceived
  • Iain interviewed Paddy Griffith from Huski at LISTEX on the challenges of growing a new business (30:30)
  • The first 100% electric piste basher have been revealed (40:30)
  • Thanks to Merlin 127 for his 5-star review on iTunes (41:00)
  • Simon from Waxoff.fr shared his tips on how to store your skis over the summer (45:00)
  • Alpe d’Huez do a slope and village clean (47:30)
  • Please send through your suggestions for our next Ski Book Group to iain@theskipodcast.com (48:00)
  • Don’t forget to catch up with our old episodes. (49:00). The most listened to pods so far are:
  1. Episode 25: St Anton, Charlotte Bankes & Billy Morgan’s favourite resort
  2. Episode 30: Ski Touring in Morocco, Powder Technique & Eddie The Eagle Pt2 
  3. Episode 24: Billy Morgan, Chemmy Alcott v. Graham Bell and Inside Chill Factore
  4. Episode 33: Drug Dealers in Ski Resorts, Mogul Technique, French Pyrénées & Skiing at 220 km/h
  5. Episode 28: Wolves in the Alps, How Cows Prevent Avalanches & Ski Sunday Returns

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Coming up in Episode 36

  • How to ski in October Half-Term
  • Is teaching yourself to ski a good idea?
  • Split-boarding on the Haute Route

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