Episode 48: Val d’Hérens, Bansko review & Courchevel by train

This episode Jim reports from his travels to Switzerland and Bulgaria and Iain has been to Courchevel by train. 

We discuss the merits of Ski Sunday and pick a new book for our ‘Ski Book Group.

The Ski Podcast would like to thank Switzerland Tourism for their support.

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Show Notes

  • The Ski Podcast is sponsored by Switzerland Tourism (0:30)
  • Chamonix has recorded its warmest winter on record so far (3:00)
  • We discussed how to ski on ice in Episode 46 (4:45)
  • Jim visited Val d’Hérens in the Valais region of Switzerland (5:30)
  • Jim is making full use out of his Magic Pass, which we discussed back in Episode 35 (15:00)
Val d’Hérens
London to Courchevel by Train

Iain travelled out last week to Courchevel via Eurostar and TGV on a super-smooth journey that took just 9 hours from London to Moutiers. #SkiFlightFree on your next ski holiday – www.skiflightfree.org

Posted by Ski Flight Free on Sunday, 26 January 2020
  • Courchevel is hosting the 2023 World Ski Championships in partnership with Meribel (24:00)
  • The downhill course will start from the Col de la Loze, travel down via a new piste cut from the trees, join Jockeys piste and finish in Le Praz
  • Jim visited Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria as a guest of Balkan Holidays (29:00)
Jim in Bansko
  • Is Ski Sunday worth watching? You’ve got one episode left if you want to find out… (35:00)
  • They did show us this shocking and gripping accident from the bad old days of the Hahnenkamm (36:00)
  • Jim enjoyed watching ‘Streif’ – the documentary about the Hahenkamm (38:00)
  • Ski Sunday did give the World Youth Games in Lausanne excellent coverage (38:30)
  • Dave Ryding took a 7th in the slalom in Schladming (39:00)
  • And there was an interview with Katie Ormerod, who is having a cracking season and leads the World Cup in Snowboard Slopestyle after a 3rd successive podium (39:30)
  • It’s Ski Book Group time again – this time Jim and Iain will be reading ‘Aiming High’ – life of Miss Erna Low, founder of…Erna Low (41:00)
  • Thanks to Stella Coton for her kind words: “It’s a really good listen!” (45:00)
  • Don’t forget that if you’d like some The Ski Podcast stickers, then please email jim@theskipodcast.com with your address and we’ll get some sent out to you (46:00)
  • Jim and Iain previously read ‘Going Downhill Fast’ by Cleeves Palmer and discussed it in Episode 40 (46:30)
  • If you’d like to give us a review, then please pop along to iTunes and share your thoughts (47:00)
  • There is the possibility of a strike in French ski resorts on Saturday 15 February (47:00)
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to The Ski Podcast wherever you download your podcasts so you never miss another episode

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