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New Solar Panels for Meribel

New Solar Panels for Meribel

Méribel has joined the increasing number of ski resorts to deploy solar panels on their ski lifts. This winter look out for the unique PV panels on the roof of the mid-station of the Saulire Express gondola. In the summer of 2022, 182 solar panels, measuring one meter by two meters each, were installed covering an...
We can't wait for Midnight Trains to arrive...

We can’t wait for Midnight Trains to arrive…

We’re in the midst of creating a sleeper train company, but more precisely, we’re aiming to reinvent the night train to make it the most comfortable and sustainable mode of transport of the century, as an alternative to medium-haul flights. The new trans-continental train company ‘Midnight Trains’ is not expected to launch until the end...
Consumers want more sustainable options in travel

Consumers want more sustainable options in travel

Recent research from Skift shows event more evidence that sustainable tourism has become more important since the pandemic. Interest in sustainable travel options by consumers has been steadily increasing over the past decades, and we are now seeing a societal shift towards sustainability that needs to be addressed by the travel industry. Details of the...
New Direct Train from Amsterdam to Austrian Alps (Updated Dec 2022)

New Direct Train from Amsterdam to Austrian Alps (Updated Dec 2022)

December 2022 Update: The TUI Ski Express has started. ⛷ Big news: The very first #TUI Ski Express hit the rail. 🚆The special #train is a weekly direct service from The Netherlands 🇳🇱 to the Austrian alps 🇦🇹. In addition to its comfort and cosiness, the big bonus is a more #sustainable transport to winter...
Case Study: UK to Orelle (Les 3 Vallées) by train

Case Study: UK to Orelle (Les 3 Vallées) by train

In December 2022, Iain Martin, presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from the UK to Orelle – the secret fourth valley of Les 3 Vallées – by train. London to Paris As with all train journeys to the continent, my day started at London St Pancras. Although on arrival...
Record ice loss by Glacier Blanc in Ecrins National Park

Record ice loss by Glacier Blanc in Ecrins National Park

No one can be unaware that last summer was devastating for the world’s glaciers. We reported previously on the record melt in the Pyrenees. New data from the Glacier Blanc in Pays des Ecrins glacier backs this up. According to this research, 2022 represented not just the lowest winter snowfall for 23 years, but also...
Serre Chevalier given energy efficiency award by EU

Serre Chevalier given energy efficiency award by EU

The French resort of Serre Chevalier has been recognised by the European Union for its outstanding use of renewable energy. The Energy Efficiency Prize was awarded by the EU to the lift company Serre Chevalier Vallee Domaine Skiable for its ‘EnR’ project. Consistent implementation of PV solar panels, wind turbines and use of hydroelectricity throughout...
Cool Bus updates their electric fleet of transfer vehicles in Alps

Cool Bus updates their electric fleet of transfer vehicles in Alps

Transfer company Cool Bus have confirmed that they are updating their fleet of electric vehicles After six successful years using Tesla Model X’s for transfers to ski resorts in the Tarentaise valley the vehicles have clocked up nearly 600,000km of zero emission transport. New Mercedes Electric Minibuses This winter the cars will be supplemented by...
Travelski Express returns for 2022/23 with new destinations

Travelski Express returns for 2022/23 with new destinations

Despite a challenging first season, Travelski Express have confirmed that they will be continuing their direct train service from London to France for the 2022/23 winter season. Due to engineering works, the outbound train will continue to depart on Friday evening, arriving Saturday morning, with the return train leaving on Sunday morning, arriving back into...
What is the actual carbon footprint of a train?

What is the actual carbon footprint of a train?

We are indebted to our friends at Midnight Trains for this analysis, first published on their website, but so compelling that it deserves to be shared. Let’s weigh up the stats‍ First up, according to the French government, the transport sector generates more greenhouse gases than any other, representing 31% of all emissions. Drilling down...
Brèche de Roland: 2010 v. 2022

Brèche de Roland: 2010 v. 2022

When Greta Thunberg told us that ‘Our house is on fire‘ in 2019, it seemed like she was talking figuratively. Just three years later, it seems literal. We have already seen glaciers collapsing in Italy and closing early for summer in France.  This trend is evident in the French Pyrénées at the Brèche de Roland....
Sunweb offering night train to the Alps from Netherlands/Belgium

Sunweb offering night train to the Alps from Netherlands/Belgium

In another indicator of the growing provision of rail options by travel companies to match the increased demand for this low-carbon form of travel. Last week we wrote about the ANMSM’s goal to lobby for improved rail services to the Alps. Their research showed a high potential level of demand, if there were more trains...