67: Behind the Scenes at ‘Ski Sunday’ with Chemmy Alcott, The Snow Centre & James Blunt tour secrets

In Episode 67, we go behind the scenes at ‘Ski Sunday’, on tour with James Blunt, discover craft beer in the Alps and reveal the results from our survey.

Iain’s guests for this episode where BBC Ski Sunday presenter Chemmy Alcott and Ian Brown, Managing Director at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. 

We would like to thank our sponsors Switzerland Tourism for their continued support for the podcast.


  • Iain travelled to Crans Montana in December
  • Chemmy has tried cooking for Ed!
  • Dougie and Chemmy are coaching Giselle Gorringe
  • Graham would probably have been very hot in this outfit…
  • Betony Garner appeared in Episode 65 when we discussed cross country skiing
  • Her report was recorded in Les Contamines
  • Charlie Rees took the Mammut backcountry course in Andermatt
  • The avalanche danger is very high in Switzerland


“Just to say I love the Podcast not being able to ski at the mo is made easier by your interviews and discussion thanks!” Suzi Jones

“With not much chance of getting on the slopes, the Ski Podcast brings some relief to us all” Chris Filey

“Often copied, never surpassed” Skibum70

“Keep it up, it’s very enjoyable” Jill Taylor

“Another great listen” James Hawkins

“Love this pod, keeps me entertained in many a commute, lockdown workout or when I’m simply missing the mountains” Matt Hayes

“I’ve listened to quite a few other podcasts but ‘The Ski Podcast’ is by far the best for me. Great content, interesting guests, plus it has really kept us informed through the shall we say an ‘interesting’ last twelve months.” Eggfried100 on Snowheads 

Tips on Car Hire at Geneva

  • Hire from the Swiss side and don’t wait for the bus, just walk (it’s only 5 mins)
  • Don’t return the car empty – it’s expensive!
  • Iain recommends booking via Holiday Autos
  • Chemmy suggests renting from Super U on the French side for long-term rentals (but don’t take too much meat!)

You can read the results of our recent survey here. The winner of the prize draw was Adam Horsfield.

If you’d like some The Ski Podcast stickers then please contact us with your address and we’ll drop a few in the post to you  

Thanks to Matt Hayes, Michael Gold, Mark McGarry, Julie Slaughter, Doug Newman, Rachael Westbrook and Joanna Yellowlees-Bound for buying me a cuppa at BuyMeACoffee

You can follow Iain @skipedia and the show @theskipodcast on Twitter

Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism

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