170: Roccaraso in Italy, Rusutsu in Japan & La Plagne

Feb 24, 12:57 PM

We discuss skiing in Roccaraso in the Italian Appenines, take a look at skiing in Hokkaido, Japan and look at the impact of climate change on La Plagne.
Iain was joined by Jen Tsang in La Plagne and podcast regular, Mike Richards in Niseko, Japan.


Jen was on the show talking about La Plagne in Episode 99
You can read Jen’s guide to La Plagne here
Mike most recently joined us in Episode 165, discussing Madesimo
Andy Butterworth (Kaluma Ski) reported from St Anton in Austria (3:30)
Dave Burrows (SnowPros Ski School) has news from Villars in Switzerland (7:00)
Jen updates us on the snow conditions in La Plagne (9:30) 
Listen to Jen talking about the changes on the glacier in La Plagne in Episode 99 (13:45)
Will summer skiing in Europe be affected by low snowfall this winter? (16:00)
Ski racers have signed an open letter to FIS asking for more action on climate change (18:00) 
Mike spoke from Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan (20:00)
Rusutsu is one of Mike’s favourite resorts (23:00)
Lucy Aspen-Kean from Telegraph Ski & Snowboard recently visited Japan as well
Mike also recommends basing yourself in Furano (28:00)
Roccaraso is in the Appenine mountain range in Italy (29:00)
Naples and Pompeii are easy side trips to combine with the ski area
Iain interviewed Bonaventura Margadonna, head of the Alto Sangro ski area (31:00)
Fiona from Ski Abruzzo was Iain’s translator (33:00) 
Iain will report on the Carv in discussion with Al Morgan in Episode 171 (36:00)
The GB Bobsleigh team picked up silver at the World Champs (37:00)
Jasmine Taylor took her first podium of the season in telemark
Charlotte Bankes won the Cortina World Cup in Snowboard Cross
Kirsty Muir and Zoe Atkin took World Cup podiums in Ski Slopestyle & Big Air
The Freestyle World Champs are on right now in Bakuirani, Georgia (38:00)

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