212: Portillo & Valle Nevado, Chile plus how to become a Ski Club of Great Britain rep

May 24, 10:23 AM

In Episode 212 we find out about Valle Nevado and Portillo in Chile, what it’s like being a resort rep for the Ski Club of Great Britain and check in on a possible direct London-Geneva train.

Iain Martin was joined by travel journalist, Lou Cameron-Hall and artist and snowsports blogger, Martina Diez-Routh.


Katie Bamber wrote this article on summer ski options (2:00)
Iain skied in Saas Fee in the summer of 2020, covered in Episode 57 (3:20)
Australia and NZ have had their first snow (3:30)
Chalet company Alpine Action has ceased trading (4:00)
Listen to Episode 180 to find out more about the impact of Brexit on recruitment (4:30)
In Episode 95, Iain spoke with Diane Palumbo from Skiworld, who is on the SBiT committee (4:45)
Find out more about the Ski Club Consumer Survey in this blog post on Skipedia (5:00)
The Youth Mobility Scheme has not been welcomed by UK politicians(5:15)
The flight represents 60-70% of the carbon footprint of your ski holiday (5:45)
You can find out more about Inghams’ sustainability plans in Episode 185 and Episode 160 (6:00)
Nadine McCormick set up the petition calling for London-Geneva direct train service (6:00)
You can sign the petition here (13:45)
Eurostar also confirmed last week that they going to increase their fleet size by 30% (14:00)
The Brits took place last weekend at SnowDome Tamworth (14:00)
Iain interviewed Paddy Graham in Episode 211 to find out how ski movies like this were made (24:45)
Martina joined us for Episode 87 and Episode 50 covering the Aosta Valley (15:30)
Valle Nevado and Portillo are the two main ski resorts in Chile
There’s only one accommodation option in Portillo (18:30)
The sling-shot lift in Portillo takes some practice… (21:00)
Valle Nevado links to El Colorado and La Parva (23:30)
Mountain Capital Partners have bought La Parva (24:00)
Valle Nevado is on the Ikon Pass (25:00)
Listen to our feature on Perisher and Thredbo in Episode  (27:00)
Lou went on the Ski Club of Great Britain reps course (27:45)
The Ski Club of Great Britain celebrated their 120th birthday in 2023 (35:00)
Find out more about the Les 2 Alpes-Alpe d'Huez gondola link in Episode 93 (39:43)

Feedback (38:00)
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Robert Stone: "I recently discovered your podcast and found it very enjoyable. I skimmed previous episodes and was surprised to see you've never covered the Brit favourite of Sauze d'Oulx. It suffered an unfair reputation as a Benidorm-on-snow resort in the 90s, particularly after a very sneering Wish You Were Here episode. It's actually a charming old town and has a fabulous ski area linking to the huge Vialattea"

Paul Bond: "Episode 210 was as ever great listening. I've skied all over Europe and finally skied in Baqueira in March. Plenty of challenge with a unique vibe but also easy for a mixed ability family to ski the same mountains and meet up. My top tip: Hire a car from Toulouse and stay in Vielha in valley: a great old town with lots of accommodation and good value eateries."

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