The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 Sep)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 Sep)

The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. Compagnie des Alpes has signed an agreement with Eurostar to relaunch the direct rail service from London-Saint Pancras to the French Alps. STOP PRESS (24 September): Packages are now available to book online...
New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

Next month Lumo – a new low cost rail service from London to Scotland – takes to the rails. The company, created by the FirstGroup travel company, plans to offer fares for significantly less than existing rail prices on the same route. One-way fares will be £20 in their initial...
Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

As well as founding Ski Flight Free, Iain also presents The Ski Podcast. Earlier this month, he was joined by Daniel Elkan from Snowcarbon and Anna Hughes from Flight Free UK in a Facebook Live event to discuss train travel to the Alps. Useful links and notes Great options for checking your...
"Ski resorts are afraid for their future"

“Ski resorts are afraid for their future”

Make sure you pick up a copy of this month’s ‘Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine’ encouraging skiers to #SkiFlightFree. You can find Iain’s opinion piece on the existential threat to ski resorts on page 20: Find out more at www.skiflightfree.org
Guide to Bourg St Maurice Station

Guide to Bourg St Maurice Station

This is a short guide to help you if you’re travelling by train to Bourg St Maurice this winter. If you haven’t been to the station before, or even if you have, it can be useful to help with your orientation after a long journey. Main Bourg St Maurice station...
Why Ski Flight Free?

Why Ski Flight Free?

Climate change represents an existential threat to human life on the planet. The evidence for this has been widely published, but you don’t have to take my word for it. This is what Britain’s most trusted man has to say on the subject: An existential threat to the ski industry...
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Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

The most obvious routes to the Alps are via Paris, but did you know that you can travel to ski resorts via Lille? There are direct TGV trains from Lille Europe on the Tarentaise line to Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice as well as through the Mont Blanc valley to Cluses, Sallanches...
New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

Like buses, overnight trains to ski resorts come in two at a time. We only recently reported on the Briancon service and now we have news of a Paris to Pyrenees night train. After the successful reopening of an Intercités night train from Paris to Nice in May, the SNCF is launching a night service...
Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

With all the (justified) attention around the new ‘Travelski Express’ service, it’s easy to forget that there are still French ski resorts that are served by a ‘proper’ overnight train that offers couchettes, rather than just seats. Long-time train travellers will recall the days when there was a wide choice of overnight sleeper trains from...
Cut through the Greenwash: A guide to 'Carbon Cutting' terminology

Cut through the Greenwash: A guide to ‘Carbon Cutting’ terminology

We are great fans of the work done by Charlie Cotton at eCollective Travel in helping companies audit and cut their carbon footprint. Charlie recently shared his thoughts to help you cut through the ‘greenwash’ and understand what companies really mean behind their carbon cutting terminology: Carbon Neutral: “I have done a high-level guess of...
Google to Deliver Sustainability Credentials in Travel Search Results

Google to Deliver Sustainability Credentials in Travel Search Results

UPDATE (07 Oct 2021): Google is also now including the carbon emissions from flights in search results ================= How do you skip through the greenwash when making your travel choices? Possibly it will be easier now Google has confirmed that hotels that have met certain sustainability standards, with accreditation from organisations such as Green Key...
BA Completes First Sustainable Fuel-powered Passenger Flight

BA Completes First Sustainable Fuel-powered Passenger Flight

On Tuesday of last week (14 September 2021) British Airways flight BA1476 became the airline’s first passenger flight to be powered purely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The flight went from London Heathrow to Glasgow and was carbon-neutral, using one of airline’s new ‘sustainability aircraft’. The flight took slightly less than an hour and was designed to demonstrate...
45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying

45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying

We were very encouraged to read a new survey by YouGov for Omio shows that 57% of Brits are willing to make more environmentally-friendly travel choices. According to the research this compares with 45% in Germany and 40% in France. 45% of Brits would choose train travel over flying 45% of Brits surveyed said that they...
Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

We’re looking forward to the opening of the new Midnight Trains project – planning to bring back overnight trains across Europe. They’ll be following in the footsteps of another successful new company who have been showing the appetite for train travel on the continent – Italo. Early innovator of high-speed train travel The company was...
Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

The irony is inescapable: climate change has led to the closure of the emissions-free funicular that connects Bourg-St-Maurice to Les Arcs. Powered by 100% renewable energy, the funicular means that it’s possible to travel by train the entire way from the UK to the resort of Les Arcs. ‘Significant deformation’ of the track It’s a...
Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix has started a new three-year partnership in which the car maker Kia will provide electric vehicles for the resort. The resort already has a great reputation for sustainability and is a verified ‘Flocon Vert’ resort under the Mountain Riders scheme. Marc HEDRICH, President of Kia France said: “The relationship between Kia and Chamonix is...
Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier was one of the first ski areas in France to produce its own electricity since they started their renewable energy program in 2018. The resort plans to generate 50% of its electricity requirements by 2025 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. There are three pillars to their plan: Hydroelectricity...
Chamonix targets second life for climbing ropes

Chamonix targets second life for climbing ropes

Established in Chamonix 150 years ago, the Simond factory produces more than 200 tons of dynamic climbing ropes each year with a carbon cost equivalent to a single person flying around the earth almost six hundred times! In an effort to reduce their footprint, the company has launched an operation to collect old climbing ropes,...