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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...
'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...
Do you ‘Give a Flake’? Aspen does…

Do you ‘Give a Flake’? Aspen does…

While at Ski Flight Free we do not advocate taking a flight to the States (a return flight to Denver generates over 1200 tonnes of CO2), we do recognise the good work on climate change undertaken by Aspen Snowmass. Give a Flake Their ‘Give a Flake’ campaign is an excellent example of how ski resorts...
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...
The Léman Express: New Geneva to Chamonix train service

The Léman Express: New Geneva to Chamonix train service

The new Geneva to Chamonix train service – the Léman Express – is due to open on 15 December 2019. The service will make it easier for skiers and snowboarders who want to travel by train to Chamonix, as well as the resorts of the Grand Massif (Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens) and the Portes du...
Case Study 2: Train travel is less than flying (again!)

Case Study 2: Train travel is less than flying (again!)

I’ve heard several people say “Well, I would take the train, but it costs so much more than flying.” However, while this may be true in certain circumstances my blog post last month showed that it’s certainly not always the case. In that case, I looked at the equivalent cost of travelling to Les Arcs...
Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

A question often asked is whether it costs more to travel to the Alps by train? The answer might surprise you. Two reasons people often give for continuing to fly and not travelling by train is that it will 1) cost more 2) take longer But while it will typically take longer to take the...
Chamonix's glaciers from the air: 1919 v 2019

Chamonix’s glaciers from the air: 1919 v 2019

Two British academics have put together these shocking photos, showing the extent of the glacial retreat in Chamonix. Dr Kieran Baxter and Dr Alice Watterson from the University of Dundee compared photos taken a century ago in 2019. The original photos were taken by the Swiss pilot and photographer Walter Mittelholzer, who flew over the...
Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

The first booking window opened last week for indirect trains (i.e. Eurostar + SNCF) travelling between 15 December 2019 and 05 January 2020. Eurostar trains can be booked well in advance, but one of the limitations of SNCF is that tickets normally only go on sale around 90 days in advance. Tickets for journeys travelling...
Global Warming in 577 steps...

Global Warming in 577 steps…

There are a lot of graphics that demonstrate global warming and climate change, but this superb and worrying image stands out. I can remember skiing the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix for the first time in 1984…it’s a very different experience today!   chamon   This photo shows the difference in the Mer de Glacier as...