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Chamrousse planning to become the first ‘Smart Ski Resort’ in France

Chamrousse planning to become the first ‘Smart Ski Resort’ in France

The French ski resort of Chamrousse has agreed a multi-energy ‘smart grid’ contract with the power supplier ENGIE Solutions that will make it the first ‘Smart Ski Resort’ in the country. The project will see the village centre in Le Recoin renovated as a ‘hyperlieu’ – a hyperzone – in the mountains as a model...
La Thuile creates more renewable electricity than it uses

La Thuile creates more renewable electricity than it uses

La Thuile in Italy was the first ski resort in the world to develop a hydroelectric system to generate renewable energy from their artificial snow network. Electricity fed back into the national grid In three years, La Thuile has produced more than 4.8 million kWh purely from the force of the water circulating in its...
Ski Sunday advises skiers & snowboarders to 'Ski Flight Free'

Ski Sunday advises skiers & snowboarders to ‘Ski Flight Free’

We were delighted to see Ed Leigh and Graham Bell extolling the virtues of taking the train rather than flying to ski resorts on the BBC’s Ski Sunday. As Ed Leigh says: “If you’re serious about reducing your carbon footprint, then look at how you get from your house to the mountain. That traditionally accounts...
Warmest winter on record in Chamonix

Warmest winter on record in Chamonix

In a further sign that the Alps are being affected by global warming even more than the rest of the planet, Météo France recently announced that December 2019 and January 2020 were the second warmest in France since records began in 1900. In particular they picked out Chamonix where the average temperature during the period was...
Guide to Moûtiers-Salins Railway Station

Guide to Moûtiers-Salins Railway Station

This is a short guide to help if you’re travelling by train to Moûtiers station this winter, most likely to travel to one of the resorts of Les 3 Vallées. If you never been to the station before, or even if you have, this might help with your orientation after a long journey. Bus from...
Case Study 3: Is train travel more expensive than flying?

Case Study 3: Is train travel more expensive than flying?

I’ve just booked for my third trip by train to the Alps this winter and as for the previous two trips (to Les Arcs in December and Courchevel in January), I’ve analysed the cost of taking the train relative to flying. My motivation is to reduce my carbon footprint – and travelling by train saves...
Ski Flight Free in 'Totally Snow' Magazine

Ski Flight Free in ‘Totally Snow’ Magazine

We were really stoked to see this mention for the Ski Flight Free campaign in ‘Totally Snow’ magazine. The campaign has had some excellent support from the UK press:
'The Grand Jury': Les Arcs crowdsource sustainability ideas

‘The Grand Jury’: Les Arcs crowdsource sustainability ideas

Les Arcs already has an excellent reputation for sustainability. Ski Flight Free founder Iain Martin visited in December 2019 to check out the new 100% electric funicular that takes skiers direct from Bourg St Maurice to Les Arcs 1600. The new zero-emission funicular (running on 100% renewable electricity) opened yesterday. It takes just 7 minutes to...
"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
New ‘Verbier Express’ Service from Geneva to Verbier Opens

New ‘Verbier Express’ Service from Geneva to Verbier Opens

Last weekend the new ‘Verbier Express’ train service started, linking Geneva to Verbier with direct trains, instead of changing at Martigny. The service is aimed at day-trippers from the Swiss city and will run at weekends and certain public holidays. 90% of visitors to Verbier arrive by car Verbier is hoping to encourage more skiers...
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 building Let’s start by taking...
Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

While train travel to the Alps may not be more expensive than flying, it does normally take longer. Perhaps that has put you off taking the train to a ski resort, particularly on a shorter break. With a limited amount of holiday available, why use up some of your valuable days simply by travelling to...