200: Chamonix, Jasmin Taylor & Zak Carrick-Smith

Feb 08, 10:37 AM

This episode is a Chamonix special. We look at the different ski areas, who they're best for (and who they're not) and explore the history of this famous resort. 

Iain also reports on the Kandahar World Cup Slalom race, where he spoke with British skiers, Dave Ryding, Billy Major and Laurie Taylor. Plus there’s a chat with best of the next generation, Zak Carrick-Smith, who won three medals at the Youth Olympic Games last month.

Iain was joined by Britain’s most successful ever World Cup skier, telemarker Jasmin Taylor. Jasmin is currently enjoying one of her best seasons.


Jasmin was last on the show in Episode 94 (1:00)
Tim Hudson from Inspired Italy reported from the Dolomites in Italy (2:20)
Jen Tsang runs the website That’s La Plagne (4:00)
Dave Burrows from SnoPros Ski School reported from Les Crosets (6:30)
Watch Iain’s video snow reports on the Skipedia YouTube channel (9:00)
Iain managed a Ski IQ of 149 on his Carv (9:15)
The Chamonix ski areas: Brevent/Flegere (11:00)
The Chamonix ski areas: Argentière/Grand Montets (12:30)
There was a fire in the Grands Montets mid-station in 2018 (13:45)
The Chamonix ski areas: Le Tour (16:00)
The Aiguille du Midi and the Vallée Blanche (19:45)
The walk down the arête to the start of the Vallée Blanche (22:00)
A new gondola from the Mer de Glace to Montenvers has opened (23:30)
The QC Terme spa is so impressive (25:00)
Iain visited the Rose du Pont (26:30)
The Maison Carrier is a beautiful traditional restaurant (27:00)
Jasmin is a fan of La Cha in Les Houches (27:30)
Iain booked accommodation via Chamonix All Year at Apt Lou Lou (28:30)

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Jasmin has recorded 50 World Cup and 4 World Championship podiums (29:30)
Jasmin’s season to date has included 4 World Cup golds
You can contribute to Jasmin's Crowdfunder here 
Mia Brookes won gold & Zoe Atkin silver at Xgames (37:30)
Charlotte Bankes won gold in Snowboard Cross in Guadari (37:45)
The Kandahar World Cup Slalom was held in Chamonix (38:30)
Post Race Interviews: Dave Ryding (39:00)
Post Race Interviews: Billy Major (39:30)
Post Race Interviews: Laurie Taylor (41:00)
Listen to our exclusive interview with Dave Ryding in Episode 199 (42:00)
Interview with Zak Carrick-Smith (43:30)
Zak won three medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon
Zak’s mother is Olympian Emma Carrick-Anderson (46:00)
You can follow the ‘Carrick-Smith Boys’ on Facebook and Insta (48:45)
Mollie Butler also competed in Gangwon (49:30)
Chamonix is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Winter Olympic Games (53:00)
Interview with Bernadette Tsuda, Heritage Guide in Chamonix (53:15)

Feedback (56:30)
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