80: St Anton, 007, Beijing 2022 & How To Choose Ski Boots

We have lots of ski-related chat in this episode, including a St Anton update, how to find the right ski boot for you, Graham Bell on Beijing 2022, the latest update on Covid rules and whether it’s possible to take all your holidays flight free.

Iain was joined by Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel, first time guest Helen Coffey, travel editor at The Independent, as well as regulars Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment expert Al Morgan.


  • ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was filmed in Murren, Switzerland
  • The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant was the location for Blofeld’s base in 1969
  • Find out more about James Bond in Switzerland
  • Listen to our special episode focussing on the Inferno downhill race
  • Andy hopes to ski in Hintertux, following their fresh snow last week
  • Ruka ski resort is in Finland
  • Listen to our Travelski interview in Episode 79
  • Andy is based in St Anton
  • Kaluma Ski are facing some challenges of recruiting post-Brexit 
  • Iain hosted the Olympics sessions at the recent Ski Launch event in London. Please let us know if you’d like to hear more of this by emailing me at theskipodcast@gmail.com


Joe McHugh: “Thanks Ian for keeping the skiing vibe on life-support during Covid times”

Inside Morzine: “Well worth a listen.. Iain’s #podcast are ALWAYS essential listening”

Greg Hilton: “Loving the podcasts”

Thanks also to Mike Greenland, who pointed out Lauterbrunnen is part of Jungfrau (I was confusing it with Adelboden)

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