64: Richard Branson in Verbier, Graham Bell ‘Dancing on Ice’ & Yoda’s onesie

In Episode 64, Iain was joined by Jane Peel (Chief Reporter, Planetski.eu) and Alf Alderson (author and freelance journalist).

We discuss the latest on resort openings, have snow reports from Courchevel and Engelberg, and we talk favourite ski areas.

Graham Bell updates us on his preparations for ‘Dancing on Ice’, while the Chalet Shop tell us what it was like working for Richard Branson. Plus we Xmas pressie recommendations and that’s this episode of The Ski Podcast.


  • There have been demonstrations across French ski resorts against the lift closures
  • It’s been suggested that the Chamonix border could move slightly to allow lifts to open
  • Charlie Rees reported from Engelberg in Switzerland
  • Listen to Charlie’s previous reports from Andermatt (E61) and Engelberg (E62)
  • Craig Glennie reported from Lake Louise
  • Mark Frary talked about ‘Aiming High: The Life of Ski Pioneer Erna Low’ in this special episode
  • We talked to Jon Trigell, about his book Cham in Episode 20
  • Alf has written ‘Ultimate Skiing Adventures’ – 100 Epic Adventures in the Snow’. There is a 30% discount for podcast listeners with code ‘SKIBK‘ if you buy before 31.3.21   
  • Graham Bell told us about his Housenkamm viral video from Lockdown 1 in Episode 52
  • Graham is taking part in the new season of ‘Dancing on Ice‘, which will start in January 2021
  • Intersport Ski Hire offer a free Cancellation guarantee on all bookings
  • Podcast listeners can save an extra 10% using the Discount Code ‘WINTER2020’ (France only)

Coming Up
Our next episode will be out towards the end of December – in the meantime there are over 80 episodes you can catch up with over the festive season.

And please do give us a review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts as it helps people find us.

Thanks to Switzerland Tourism and Intersport Ski Hire for their support.

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