76: Surfing, Skateboarding & Snow Drifts in Switzerland
In Episode 76, we discuss surfing, skateboarding and snow drifts in Switzerland in Crans Montana, Zinal & Zermatt. Plus we chat ski holiday trends for next winter, including the implications of Brexit for British workers, plus we find out what it’s like to live in a mountain refuge year round.
Iain is joined by Cathy Rankin from Pierre & Vacances and, joining us from La Clusaz, a voice that long time listeners of the show will know well, former presenter of The Ski Podcast, Jim Duncombe.
- Iain didn’t get to ski in Zermatt, but he did do this snow report for InTheSnow Magazine
- Dave Burrows from SnowPros Ski School was skiing at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise from the Cervinia side
- The UK government has introduced a new ‘Amber Plus’ category for France in their traffic light system
- France has also introduced a new vaccination certificate system, called the Pass Sanitaire, to allow access to restaurants
- Jim was surfing in the Alaia Bay surf centre in Sion and skateboarding at the Alaia Chalet in Crans Montana
- Iain went to Crans Montana in December when he interviewed Adam Bonvin, the founder of Alaia Chalet and Alaia Bay
- Iain was trail running last week in Switzerland as preparation for the UTMB race in August
- Day 1 took him along the Sierre-Zinal course
- He first came across snow on Stage 6 of the Via Valais, which took him to the Turtmann Hutte where he interviewed Fredy Tscherigg
- Stage 7 was more challenging with heavy snowfall to deal with!
- Iain last stayed in a refuge when ski touring in Morocco. You can listen to his report on this in Episode 30
- Cathy Rankin took part in the Travel Industry Day of Action
- Seasonal Businesses in Travel are lobbying for British staff to be able to work in the Alps
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