183: Val Thorens in summer, Aussie lift queues & POW’s ‘Send It’ campaign

In Episode 183 we find out what Val Thorens is like in summer, how Australian ski resorts are dealing with lift queues and all about the latest campaign from Protect Our Winters.

Iain was joined by Jen Tsang from ThatsLaPlagne.com, and Lindsey Dixon from Protect our Winters.


Lindsey was last on the show in Episode 168, talking about taking the train to Val d’Isere (1:00)
Lindsey skied at Skieasy in Chiswick (3:00)
Moving Mountains offers the same option in Sussex (4:30)
Listen to Iain’s report on skiing in Australia in Episode 182 (6:00)
Jen and her family took part in the VT Summit Games (8:45)

It snowed while Jen was in Les 3 Vallees (9:30)

Find out more about the new sports centre Le Board (11:00)
The soft play at Le Board sounds great fun (14:45)
Chez Pepe Nicholas is a wonderful mountain restaurant in Les Menuires (17:00)
Jen was in Les Gets for the Tour de France (21:00)
It’s going to be WARM in the Alps this week (26:45)

The ’Send It For Climate’ campaign from Protect Our Winters is due to launch very soon (28:00)
Postcards and postboxes will be available from partners such as Ellis Brigham and Patagonia (31:00)
It was the ninth warmest July in Australia (33:15)
Perisher has had some tough getting criticism on social, especially TikTok (33:45)
Thredbo have brought in a cap on lift pass sales (35:00)
Australia has ‘Lodges’ that work very much like our chalets (39:00)
Listen to Iain’s interview with Helen Coffey, the non-flying travel editor of The Independent (42:00)
Many offsetting projects have been discredited (42:30)
Iain donated to an organisation called ‘Cool Earth’ (43:00)
William MacAskill is the author of a book called ‘Doing Good Better’ and one of the founders of ‘Effective Altruism’ (43:30)


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Doug: “Listened to #182 on a run and loved it.”

Simon Burgess: “I really enjoyed the Thredbo/Perisher episode. It brought back some really nice memories.”

Bo Spanding: “Truly enjoying the podcast, but I’m wondering why you’re never talking about Scandinavian ski resorts. There are a lot of good areas in those countries (except for Denmark of course).”

We featured Svalbard in Episode 94 and Norway in Episode 58, plus our special interview with cross country skiers Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young, who are based in Norway (47:00)

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