73: New Zealand, Chamonix & Skiing in the Lake District…in May

Episode 73 covers three time zones with Paul Anderson (NZski.com) in New Zealand and Claire Burnet (Chamonix) in France joining Iain in the UK.

We discuss the coming season Down Under and the expected boom for NZ resorts from the Trans-Tasman bubble; the lifts turning again in Chamonix and the prospects for a ‘normal’ summer season in France.

We have a special feature on skiing in the UK in May – it’s very rare, but we have reports from Wales, Scotland and the Lake District in England.

Thanks as always to Switzerland Tourism for supporting The Ski Podcast. We are delighted to announce that this partnership has been extended to cover this summer and next winter.


Photo by Greg Hilton, taken in the Cairngorms in May
Simon Burgess’ view in the Lake District
  • NZ.com includes Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt and welcome 700,000 guests each winter, of which 30-40% are from Australia
Amazing views from Coronet Peak
  • The resorts near Queenstown offer ‘remarkable’ views with a season lasting from June to October
  • A recent survey suggests pent-up demand for NZ skiing in Australia
  • The lifts starting turning again in Chamonix on May 19 at 50% capacity as ‘deconfinement’ gets underway
  • Last winter’s ‘saison blanche’ saw peak season occupancy reduced to 30-50% of normal levels

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Coming Up

Don’t forget if you haven’t listened to it yet, our Pat Sharples Ski Podcast Special is now live. Do listen to this one – it’s one of our best!

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