190: The story of Méribel + Killington & Banff Sunshine Village

We explore the history of Méribel and discover Banff Sunshine Village in Canada and Killington on the East coast of the States.

Host Iain Martin was joined by Kendra Scurfield (Banff Sunshine Village), Kristel Killary (Killington) and David Lindsay (ESF Meribel and son of the resort’s founder Sir Peter Lindsay).

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Killington opened on 03 November (1:30)
Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Ski is in St Anton (5:00)
Robin Shah has already been skiing in Verbier (8:45)
Jen Tsang is from That’s La Plagne (9:30)

La Plagne earlier this week

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The first ever cross-border Alpine World Cup races take place this weekend in Zermatt and Cervinia (13:00)
You can read more about the debate about use of diggers on the course (13:15)
Sir Peter Lindsay is recognised as the founder of Méribel (14:30)

Jean-Marie Choffel is author of the book ‘Méribel since 1938’ (15:45)
Lindsay’s business partner was the French Count, Jean Gaillard de la Valdenne (17:45)
In 1936 Lindsay and two guides climbed La Saulire on skins and skied down to Brides-les-Bains (21:00)
ESF Méribel are launching their ‘Master Classes’ for January 2024 (26:00)

David Lindsay in his ESF uniform

Iain tested the Carv in Episode 171 (29:45)
Kendra has her own podcast: ‘For The Love of Winter’ (30:00)

Ski Big 3 is a joint venture between Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay (34:00)
Find out about Banff Sunshine Village (35:00)
Kendra skied with Robin Williams at Sunshine Village (39:00)
Killington is the largest resort in Eastern North America (41:00)
Killington’s partner is Pico Mountain (42:00)

The World Cup crowds at Killington

Listen to Iain’s report on skiing in Australia in Episode 182
Over Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov 25/26) Killington is hosting the Women’s World Cup (47:30)
Discover Cow Power in Killington (48:30)


Amy Stewart: “I’ve been a long time listener and got to listen to Episode 182 about Perisher and Thredbo. I love it, as a long time instructor over here it’s awesome to finally hear about this unique ski area on an international level. This podcast was great through the pandemic when I was over here to keep me in touch with the winter season back in Europe!”

Oli: “It was great to meet you at London Snow Show. Great talk. Looking forward to listening to more episodes this winter!”

James: “I really enjoy the podcast, with the wide range of topics. Keep up the good work.”

Hans Weeren: “I just started listening to your podcast. Nice work!”

Miranda Slater: “Very big congrats on being honoured with a finalist position. Keep up the good work as you are a great channel.”

Matt Hayes: “Congratulations on a great achievement for the pod. Hopefully it serves as some compensation and recognition of the time, dedication and quality that you put in.”

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