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Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

This was the first season of the Travelski Express direct train from London St Pancras to the Tarentaise, but what did travellers think of the service. Review: Charlie Mack Ski Flight Free follower Charlie Mack contacted us with his review of the Travelski Express. Charlie had previously travelled to Arc 1800 seven years in a...
Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

We love this great infographic, detailing the carbon cost of a day’s skiing, and the differences your choices can make to the final figure. The data was based on a study by the French ski areas of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Tignes. It concluded that the carbon footprint of a day’s skiing is...
[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

In March 2022, Iain from Ski Flight Free travelled to Andermatt in Switzerland by train. He left London St Pancras at 08:01 GMT and arrived in Andermatt at 19:06 CET (18:06 GMT). This is his report of the journey. London-Paris Although I started in Brighton, let’s start off this blog post from London, as this...
Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Last weekend I travelled to Les Arcs on the inaugural Travelski Express train service, direct from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice. You can find out more about the experience of travelling overnight on the train in my article for InTheSnow Magazine, this video or in the podcast I published about it for The...
Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

Alpe d’Huez delivers a subtle hint to take the train

I loved this subtle guerilla campaign that Alpe d’Huez recently ran in conjunction with SNCF. Many resorts are encouraging holidaymakers to take the train rather than fly or drive, but the resorts of Alpe d’Huez teamed up for a few days with Ouigo, the SNCF’s low-cost offering. Travel to resort is typically 50-80% of the...
The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Feb 2022)

Iain tested the inaugural outbound service in January 2022. You can read his article here, listen to the special podcast episode or watch his video below: —————- The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. Compagnie des Alpes has signed an agreement with Eurostar to relaunch...
The award for the best railways in Europe goes to...Switzerland

The award for the best railways in Europe goes to…Switzerland

The exciting ‘Midnight Trains’ project won’t be launching for a long time yet, but their weekly newsletter continues to entertain and inform. The most recent edition awards Switzerland the badge of the ‘Best Railways in Europe’. This is not surprise to us, as we love train travel in Switzerland. Iain had travelled from the UK...
Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

The most obvious routes to the Alps are via Paris, but did you know that you can travel to ski resorts via Lille? There are direct TGV trains from Lille Europe on the Tarentaise line to Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice as well as through the Mont Blanc valley to Cluses, Sallanches...
Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

With all the (justified) attention around the new ‘Travelski Express’ service, it’s easy to forget that there are still French ski resorts that are served by a ‘proper’ overnight train that offers couchettes, rather than just seats. Long-time train travellers will recall the days when there was a wide choice of overnight sleeper trains from...
Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

The irony is inescapable: climate change has led to the closure of the emissions-free funicular that connects Bourg-St-Maurice to Les Arcs. Powered by 100% renewable energy, the funicular means that it’s possible to travel by train the entire way from the UK to the resort of Les Arcs. ‘Significant deformation’ of the track It’s a...
Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix has started a new three-year partnership in which the car maker Kia will provide electric vehicles for the resort. The resort already has a great reputation for sustainability and is a verified ‘Flocon Vert’ resort under the Mountain Riders scheme. Marc HEDRICH, President of Kia France said: “The relationship between Kia and Chamonix is...
Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier was one of the first ski areas in France to produce its own electricity since they started their renewable energy program in 2018. The resort plans to generate 50% of its electricity requirements by 2025 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. There are three pillars to their plan: Hydroelectricity...