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...
Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

It’s fast, comfortable, and far more sustainable than flying or driving from the UK to the Alps. But it’s cancelled. To the massive disappointment of skiers and the ski industry, Eurostar will not run its iconic Ski Train this winter, despite its environmental claims to ‘tread lightly’ Save The Ski...
"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...
How Individuals Can Make A Difference

How Individuals Can Make A Difference

You don’t have to stop taking ski holidays, but if you decide to take one less flight this winter then you will have made a difference. Will flying less make a difference? There are a lot of ways of calculating CO2 per person. Most estimates suggest the CO2 per capita...
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Sign the 'POW Pledge' from Protect Our Winters

Sign the ‘POW Pledge’ from Protect Our Winters

The ‘POW Pledge’ is a new project from Protect Our Winters, which calls on the outdoors industry to take climate action to help protect the environment. Climate breakdown is real and we need to act now The business sector accounts for around 70% of carbon emissions globally and the outdoors sector is significant – worth...
British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

At Ski Flight Free our whole remit is to encourage British skiers to choose to travel by train to the Alps or in a (fully-laden) car instead of flying. Yet it was with mixed feelings that we read the news that the number of skiers planning to fly has plummeted. Skiers planning to fly down...
French Ski Resorts commit to sustainability

French Ski Resorts commit to sustainability

Despite the Covid crisis, ski resorts are still taking steps to improve their sustainability. Alexandre Maulin, president of Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), said at their annual conference: “We are ensuring we cover the quantifiable and quantifiable, so we can’t be accused of ‘greenwashing” The carbon footprint of a ski holiday is determined more by...
Les Arcs survey skiers for sustainability ideas

Les Arcs survey skiers for sustainability ideas

Following a survey in January 2020, Les Arcs is reviewing the results and making a number of changes to make the resort more sustainable. The survey flagged four key topics at the top of respondents’ lists: – Waste – Energy – Transport – Preservation   Reducing waste a key issue The problem of waste was...
4 Ways Morzine is Going Green for 2020/21

4 Ways Morzine is Going Green for 2020/21

Morzine has released details of some of the environmentally friendly changes they are making in the lead up to the 2020/21 winter season. PV Panels Electricity is the top energy expenditure in the ski area. In addition to reducing consumption, the lift company (SERMA) plans to focus on renewable energy, particularly solar power. Photovoltaic panels...
“People are travelling to the Alps again by train” [1988 version]

“People are travelling to the Alps again by train” [1988 version]

‘Plus ça change’, as our French friends say. A more relevant quote might be one attributed to Karl Marx: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” In the same week that Eurostar announced that it was cancelling the direct train to the Tarentaise in the French Alps, Andrew Brannan, a keen listener of The Ski Podcast,...
New Train Service proposed to create link to Andorra ski resorts

New Train Service proposed to create link to Andorra ski resorts

In excellent news for skiers who enjoy travelling by train, a new study by the Andorran Chamber of Commerce is proposing a new railway line to Andorran ski resorts via Seu d’Urgell. Currently it’s only possible to travel to Andorra by road from neighbouring countries. However, the idea of a simple rail connection is attractive...
Ski Flight Free coverage in 'The Telegraph'

Ski Flight Free coverage in ‘The Telegraph’

Iain Martin, founder of Ski Flight Free, had this article published in The Telegraph this week, promoting driving to the Alps, rather than flying. This article is behind the Telegraph paywall, but you can download a Word doc version by taking this link.   While our preference would always be to travel by train, if...
[Video] #SkiGreen presentations at #CEweekLDN

[Video] #SkiGreen presentations at #CEweekLDN

Iain Martin from Ski Flight Free was delighted to take part in the #SkiGreen Webinar at Circular Economy Week London last week. The session was attended by over 70 people interested to find out more about sustainability in the world of skiing and snowsports. The webinar started with five short presentations by the attendees: Sally...
'Tourism Declares' a Climate Emergency

‘Tourism Declares’ a Climate Emergency

‘Tourism Declares’ is a collective of companies and professionals acting on climate change in travel and helping to develop solutions. The campaign launched in January 2020 and aims to encourage all sectors of the travel industry to acknowledge the climate emergency and develop appropriate action plans. “We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to tackle...
Free #SkiGreen Webinar at Circular Economy Week London, 05 June

Free #SkiGreen Webinar at Circular Economy Week London, 05 June

The ski industry has at last woken up to the sport’s environmental impact. So how do you #SkiGreen next season? From the clothes you wear, the way you travel and how you maintain your kit, to the changes being made by resorts you can make a difference. Iain Martin from Ski Flight Free will be...
Eco-Grazing in Megève

Eco-Grazing in Megève

We enjoyed watching this video from the French ski resort of Megève. Like many communities in France, Megève has opted to use natural grazing to maintain its green spaces. Eco-grazing is a simple and ecological solution which improves the living environment and has many advantages. Although an agricultural practice as old as farming itself, ‘L’écopâturage’...