85: Crans Montana, Les Menuires, Courchevel & How to Choose your Hire Skis

This episode is a ‘Resorts’ special: we’re going to be looking at Crans Montana, Courchevel & Les Menuires, plus we discuss how to choose your hire skis and talk to more Olympians.

Iain guests for this episode were freelance journalist Katy Dartford and Alex Irwin, host of the YT channel 150 Days of Winter, as well as regulars Katie Crowe Battleface Travel Insurance and equipment expert Al Morgan from SkiKitInfo.

We’d like to thank Switzerland Tourism for sponsoring the podcast.


  • Check out Battleface for your travel insurance
  • Andy Butterworth from Kaluma Travel reported from St Anton
  • Stephen Speirs was in Alpe d’Huez
  • Simon is using the Magic Pass and was in Leysin. Follow his travels on his website
  • Katy was skiing powder in Crans Montana, where she tried out the trampolines at the Alaia Chalet
  • Iain was lucky enough to see the sunrise the following morning
  • The Saulire cable car was damaged in testing in October
  • Check out Candide Thovex’s run down the couloirs in Courchevel
  • There is a new beginners area in La Tania [Video]
  • Intersport Ski Hire offers ski hire in France, Austria and Switzerland
  • Alex and Al are fans of the original K2 Seth Pistol



  • Charlotte Bankes took 1st in the Snowboard Cross at Montafon, Austria
  • Katie Ormerod was 5th in the Big Air in Steamboat
  • Dave Ryding finished 5th in the Slalom in Val d’Isère
Dave Ryding in Val d’Isere


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