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

May 31, 07:53 AM
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 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.

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SHOW NOTES

  • NZ.com includes Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt and welcome 700,000 guests each winter, of which 30-40% are from Australia
  • 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
  • Mark Seaton talked to us about the ski touring options in Chamonix in Episode 62
  • Betony Garner reported on the rise of cross country skiing in France in Episode 65
  • The ‘Village Vacances Grandeur Nature’ deal in Chamonix this summer means visitors can enjoy free activities on week days in July and August
  • Iain is taking part in the UTMB trail running race

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