84: Travel Rules Latest, Booking Lessons Online & Prepping your Ski Kit

In this episode, we cover all the latest rules about travel, we look at a new way of booking ski lessons and discuss how to get your kit ready for the season. 

Iain was joined by Lucy Aspden, Online Ski Editor at The Telegraph and Nick Robinson, founder of Maison Sport, a portal for booking ski lessons, as well as regulars Katie Crowe from Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment expert Al Morgan from SkiKiIinfo.

As always we are very grateful to Switzerland Tourism for supporting The Ski Podcast


  • Lucy was on the show a year ago in Episode 60
  • Austrian lockdown will be until 13 Dec at least
  • Switzerland quarantine for UK passengers started on Sat 27 November and was reversed on Friday 03 December
  • In France, all skiers need to show the Pass Sanitaire to use ski lifts, and the non-vaccinated must show daily negative Covid tests
  • The Super Green Pass (meaning skiing would be restricted to only the vaccinated and recovered) in Italy has been deferred unless the situation worsens
  • The UK has introduced a compulsory PCR test and quarantine on return to the UK as well as pre-return negative test requirement.
  • The definition of what ‘fully vaccinated’ means is changing by country (and the day) to as little as 7 months before a booster is required
  • Battleface offer specialised winter sports cover
  • We had so many snow reports this week, we had to put them into a separate episode:

Thanks to Charlie Rees (Diavolloza), Andy Butterworth (Kaluma Travel, St Anton), Steve Angus (Val d’Isere), Keith Webb (Kaprun), Dave Burrows (Glacier 3000) and Luca Caruso (Cervinia)

  • Alex Armand runs Tip Top Ski Coaching in Les 2 Alpes
  • Lucy has been live reporting on the travel changes for The Telegraph
  • The situation re transit at Geneva airport ran and ran. Don’t forget to follow Skipedia on Twitter for real time updates on big issues such as this
  • Charlotte Bankes won silver in Snowboard Cross in China
  • Jon-allan Butterworth took 3rd in the Para Snowboard event at Landgraaf
  • You can listen to our interview with Jon-allan here


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