Monthly archive January, 2022
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...
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 agreement with Eurostar to relaunch...
"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....