The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

Iain tested the inaugural outbound service in January 2022. You can read his article here, listen to the special podcast episode or watch his video below: —————- The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. Compagnie des Alpes has signed an...
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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Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

This was the first season of the Travelski Express direct train from London St Pancras to the Tarentaise, but what did travellers think of the service. Review: Charlie Mack Ski Flight Free follower Charlie Mack contacted us with his review of the Travelski Express. Charlie had previously travelled to Arc 1800 seven years in a...
Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

We love this great infographic, detailing the carbon cost of a day’s skiing, and the differences your choices can make to the final figure. The data was based on a study by the French ski areas of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Tignes. It concluded that the carbon footprint of a day’s skiing is...
POW Europe launch 'POW Mobility week'

POW Europe launch ‘POW Mobility week’

POW Europe have recently launched a sustainable transport hub to raise awareness about transport-related emissions generated by outdoor sports. As regular visitors to Ski Flight Free will be aware, your travel to and from a ski resort generate anything from 50-70% of the emissions associated with your holiday. POW Europe also note that train travel is the...
[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

In March 2022, Iain from Ski Flight Free travelled to Andermatt in Switzerland by train. He left London St Pancras at 08:01 GMT and arrived in Andermatt at 19:06 CET (18:06 GMT). This is his report of the journey. London-Paris Although I started in Brighton, let’s start off this blog post from London, as this...
Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Last weekend I travelled to Les Arcs on the inaugural Travelski Express train service, direct from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice. You can find out more about the experience of travelling overnight on the train in my article for InTheSnow Magazine, this video or in the podcast I published about it for The...
WhoSki launch new website for pre-owned ski kit

WhoSki launch new website for pre-owned ski kit

We were delighted to see that whoski.com launched their new website this week. Founded by Sally Warren and Nicola Davenport, WhoSki.com is a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned ski kit. Every season we see more and more interest in the sustainable fashion revolution and WhoSki is one of the platforms that allows users...
Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

I loved this subtle guerilla campaign that Alpe d’Huez recently ran in conjunction with SNCF. Many resorts are encouraging holidaymakers to take the train rather than fly or drive, but the resorts of Alpe d’Huez teamed up for a few days with Ouigo, the SNCF’s low-cost offering. Travel to resort is typically 50-80% of the...
"Dude, where’s my flying car?"

“Dude, where’s my flying car?”

With new announcements about ‘electric planes’ regularly appearing in the press, I found this article by Andrew Orlowski in The Telegraph interesting. He points out that despite the many new prototypes for e-VTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) models, there are precious few in production. Orlowski writes: “Jet fuel has 70 times the energy density of...
Alpe d'Huez adds hydrogen-powered snow groomers

Alpe d’Huez adds hydrogen-powered snow groomers

SATA – the lift company responsible for Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes has confirmed it has ordered five new hydrogen-powered snow groomers (fondly known ‘Piste Bashers’ to Brits) and three new zero-emission hydrogen buses. The vehicles from Green Corp Konnection (GCK) will replace existing diesel engines to reduce the impact of slope management on...
New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

Another great train option has arrived with the iconic Italian high-speed train Frecciarossa launching on the Paris-Lyon-Milan route.   Trenitalia is offering two daily return trips between Paris Gare de Lyon and Milan Centrale, via Lyon Part- Dieu, Chambéry, Modane and Turin. Prices are being advertised from as little as €29 from Paris to Milan....
Booking.com launches Travel Sustainable badge 

Booking.com launches Travel Sustainable badge 

Booking.com has launched a Travel Sustainable badge for properties implementing sustainable practices to their agreed standard. According to Booking.com, the badge will be the first of its kind in the hospitality industry and applies to all kinds of properties including hotels, resorts, apartments and holiday homes. This first version of the accreditation uses measures from the...
The award for the best railways in Europe goes to...Switzerland

The award for the best railways in Europe goes to…Switzerland

The exciting ‘Midnight Trains’ project won’t be launching for a long time yet, but their weekly newsletter continues to entertain and inform. The most recent edition awards Switzerland the badge of the ‘Best Railways in Europe’. This is not surprise to us, as we love train travel in Switzerland. Iain had travelled from the UK...