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Petition for London-Geneva train service

Petition for London-Geneva train service

A petition to launch a direct train service between London and Geneva launched last month has almost reached 5000 signatories. It was started by Nadine McCormick on Change.org and once the 5000 threshold was passed it will be sent to the Swiss railway company SBB. London to Geneva by train in 5+ hours It’s estimated...
French Alps record third warmest winter on record

French Alps record third warmest winter on record

According to Météo France, winter 2023/24 was the third warmest in the French Alps since records began in 1900. This included a very mild February and March and was before the record warm start to April, which saw temperatures of 29°C in Grenoble and 27°C in Albertville and Bourg-Saint-Maurice on 06 April 2024. Third warmest...
Norway lobbies for new sustainable FIS Calendar

Norway lobbies for new sustainable FIS Calendar

The Norwegian Ski Federation has lobbied FIS in an attempt to introduce a new, more sustainable calendar for the 2024/25 season. Billed under the slogan ‘Change The Course’ and developed in association with KPMG, the concept is to make the Ski World Cup more sustainable by changing the racing calendar completely. Start of season in...
[Case Study] How to take a bike overseas…without flying!

[Case Study] How to take a bike overseas…without flying!

Although Ski Flight Free is a resource for skiers, I thought I’d share my experience of travelling by train to Nice last summer. I’m hugely aware of the carbon cost of air travel and have significantly cut down on the number of flights I take in the last few years (and have pledged not to...
Compagnie des Alpes commits to add 7 electric snow groomers to their fleet

Compagnie des Alpes commits to add 7 electric snow groomers to their fleet

Compagnie des Alpes is the owner of 10 of the largest ski resorts in France, including Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes and Serre Chevalier – and are serious about commitment to sustainability. In 2021, they launched their Net Zero target of 2030. They took a significant step towards this when they converted their entire fleet...
[Case Study] UK to Saalbach by train

[Case Study] UK to Saalbach by train

Phil Skone contacted Ski Flight Free to share his experience of travelling to Saalback in Austria by train earlier this year in January 2024.  UK-Brussels-Cologne-Munich Starting in Kenworth, we travelled to King’s Cross, then Eurostar to Brussels and Brussels to Cologne. We had time for a meal and tour of the area near the station....
Case Study: Dachstein in Austria to the UK by train (via Amsterdam)

Case Study: Dachstein in Austria to the UK by train (via Amsterdam)

If you’ve ever wondered how to take the train from the Austrian Alps to the UK via Amsterdam on the way back from a ski trip, then Neil Guthrie – co-creator of  the excellent map ‘The Alps – Skiing by Train‘ kindly put together this report for Ski Flight Free. —– The new best entry...
Booking.com survey reports 53% of travellers look for sustainable accom

Booking.com survey reports 53% of travellers look for sustainable accom

According to a new survey by Booking.com, over half (53%) of travellers look for accommodation that blends comfort with innovative sustainability features. According to the survey, people ‘crave the serenity of nature indoors’, with 65% seeking out green spaces and plants in their stays. ‘Authenticity’ – a word we’ve been seeing more and more –...
On board the Caledonian Sleeper | London to Edinburgh

On board the Caledonian Sleeper | London to Edinburgh

Iain from The Ski Podcast and Ski Flight Free travelled on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Edinburgh in February 2024. This is super simple journey compared to travelling to the Alps, as evidently there is no changing trains in Paris after the initial Eurostar leg of the journey. London to Edinburgh I only travelled...
Huge cavern appears in Chamonix glacier

Huge cavern appears in Chamonix glacier

A huge cavern has formed in the upper part of the Glacier des Bossons in Chamonix. So large that it’s visible from the centre of Chamonix, the cave appeared last month in the upper part of the Bossons glacier. A old pocket of water or large crevasse? Located not far from the Grands Mulets refuge,...
Case Study: London to Chamonix by train

Case Study: London to Chamonix by train

In February 2024, Iain presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from London to Chamonix by train. “Chamonix is one of my favourite resorts and I’ve travelled there by train several times. It’s not quite as convenient as some resorts, as it typically requires two changes after Paris. However, the plus side...
Cool Bus celebrate first for their electric transfer fleet

Cool Bus celebrate first for their electric transfer fleet

Earlier this week the transfer company Cool Bus shared these great photos of eight vehicles simultaneously charging at their Bourg St Maurice base. It’s been seven years since the company bought their first electric vehicles. We have previously reported about the upgrades to their fleet. A lot of work to get to this point Founder...