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'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’...
New solar panels being tested in Serre Chevalier

New solar panels being tested in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier is currently testing a new photovoltaic (PV) solution designed specifically for lifts in ski resorts. The ‘Alpha Module’ – created by Sunwind Design – is being used on the roof of the Prorel lift in the southern alps ski resort.   20% more power The photovoltaic panels are made of thin triangular prisms,...
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...