203: Scotland Special ft Ben Lawers, Glencoe & The Wild Weekend

This episode is a Scotland special, looking at resort skiing and backcountry options, some of this season’s events, as well as how to travel there by train.

Iain was joined by Amy Marwick, a freelance journalist, marketing consultant and qualified Ski Instructor.

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Amy was on the show in Episode 198, chatting with our equipment expert Al Morgan at the Ski Test
Listen to Katie from Ski Goddess in Episode 183 (2:15)
Alex Armand from Tip Top Ski Coaching reported from Les 2 Alpes (2:30)
Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Ski reported from St Anton (3:00)
Alex Irwin from 150 Days of Winter reported from Courchevel (5:00)
Zoe Atkin took 2nd & 3rd at the women’s Halfpipe WC Calgary (6:30)
Jasmin Taylor was 3rd in Aal, Norway – her 51st podium (6:45)
Listen to my interview with Jaz in Episode 200
Iain visited Killin in Perthshire (7:00)
My mother learned to ski on the slopes of Ben Lawers (8:00)

The first Scottish Ski Club hut was built there in 1932 (8:45)
Helen Cole is the Senior Ranger for the National Trust, who own the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve (9:00)
Iain interviewed Blair Aitken in Episode 202 (11:30)
The clouds parted to give us some exceptional views (12:00)

Iain skied at Glencoe when it was pretty windy! (14:45)
Andy Meldrum is the MD at Glencoe Mountain Resort (15:45)

Amy previously raced on the Scottish Freeride circuit (21:00)
The ‘Flypaper’ at Glencoe is steep! (22:30)
Watch Amy’s ski movie ‘LATE’
The Wild Ski Weekend is at Cairn Gorm on 16/17 March (23:45)
The event is based at Glenmore Lodge (24:15)

The clouds parted on Ben Lawers to offer some superb views (27:44)

The Brits took place at Aviemore in April 2023 (28:45)
Listen to Iain’s interview with Kirsty Muir (29:45)
The Mighty Coe takes place on 01 and 02 March (31:00)
The Brits will place place at Tamworth Snowdome
Iain travelled to Scotland on the Caledonian Sleeper (32:00)

Blair Aitken has seen more customers taking the Caledonian Sleeper (33:30)
The Upbattle – a snowboarding touring event takes place in Cairngorm on 16/17 March (34:45)
Listen to Iain’s interview with Jamie Grant, founder of Carv, in Episode 193 (37:30)
Al Morgan shared his thoughts on audio options for helmets (37:45)

Feedback (36:00)

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Anne Pedersen: The Norway episode (201) was excellent”

Borre Wickstrom: “Great podcast about Norway, but Beitostolen is amazing. We had a week there in Jan: super slopes, amazing for families. They been having an influx of happy British skiers this year.”

Robin: “Enjoyed the Norwegian episode! Sunmore is certainly on the ski touring list after seeing some of the terrain in films by Jacob Webster and Nikolai Schirmer”

Mark Woods: “I have now listened to every past episode, and am finally up-to-date. This is great content Iain, with excellent contributions from interesting guests (special mention to Al). Please keep up the great work.”

Grant Adam: “Love the podcast! Discovered it late last year and I’m working my way through the episodes. Keep up the good work.”

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