Resorts
Case Study: The UK to French Alps by Luxury Splitter Van

Case Study: The UK to French Alps by Luxury Splitter Van

At Easter 2024, Iain Martin, presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from Brighton to Les 2 Alpes in a luxury splitter van. What is a splitter van? Firstly, let’s clarify what we are talking about here. A splitter van is like a minibus, but with much more storage and way more...
Hydrogen bus tested between Moûtiers and Courchevel

Hydrogen bus tested between Moûtiers and Courchevel

A hydrogen bus has been tested on the Moûtiers and Courchevel route in a attempt to find new methods of reducing the carbon footprint of travel to resort. Feedback from the driver was positive, who noted the ease of the automatic transmission and the uphill power, although for this initial test, there were only twenty...
[Case Study] UK to Verbier by Train

[Case Study] UK to Verbier by Train

In March 2024, Iain from The Ski Podcast travelled by train from the UK to Verbier in Switzerland. Because of the seamless integration at the final stop, Le Chable, before going up to Verbier, this is one of the easiest ski resorts to travel to by train. Brighton-London-Paris I live in Brighton, so it was...
[Case Study] UK to Saalbach by train

[Case Study] UK to Saalbach by train

Phil Skone contacted Ski Flight Free to share his experience of travelling to Saalback in Austria by train earlier this year in January 2024.  UK-Brussels-Cologne-Munich Starting in Kenworth, we travelled to King’s Cross, then Eurostar to Brussels and Brussels to Cologne. We had time for a meal and tour of the area near the station....
Case Study: Dachstein in Austria to the UK by train (via Amsterdam)

Case Study: Dachstein in Austria to the UK by train (via Amsterdam)

If you’ve ever wondered how to take the train from the Austrian Alps to the UK via Amsterdam on the way back from a ski trip, then Neil Guthrie – co-creator of  the excellent map ‘The Alps – Skiing by Train‘ kindly put together this report for Ski Flight Free. —– The new best entry...
Huge cavern appears in Chamonix glacier

Huge cavern appears in Chamonix glacier

A huge cavern has formed in the upper part of the Glacier des Bossons in Chamonix. So large that it’s visible from the centre of Chamonix, the cave appeared last month in the upper part of the Bossons glacier. A old pocket of water or large crevasse? Located not far from the Grands Mulets refuge,...
Case Study: London to Chamonix by train

Case Study: London to Chamonix by train

In February 2024, Iain Martin, presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from London to Chamonix by train. “Chamonix is one of my favourite resorts and I’ve travelled there by train several times. It’s not quite as convenient as some resorts, as it typically requires two changes after Paris. However, the...
Case Study: London to Les 2 Alpes by train

Case Study: London to Les 2 Alpes by train

In January 2024, Iain presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from London to Les 2 Alpes by train. “This was a first for me, as while I’ve travelled to Switzerland and the Tarentaise in France on many occasions, this was my first train journey to the Southern French Alps.” 08:01 (GMT)...
25% lift pass discount if you travel by train to the Vialattea in Italy

25% lift pass discount if you travel by train to the Vialattea in Italy

The Vialattea ski area – also known by some Brits as the ‘Milky Way’ – has joined resorts like Morzine and La Rosiere in offering a lift pass discount to skiers arriving by train. The ltalian-French region has announced a new partnership agreement with Trenitalia, the main Italian train company. ‘Official Green Carrier’ Trenitalia has been...
Case Study: New (2023) Eurostar 'Snow Train'

Case Study: New (2023) Eurostar ‘Snow Train’

On 16 December 2023, I was invited to trial the new Eurostar Snow Train service by Inghams Ski, who are offering ski holidays packaged with train travel and transfers using the new service. This is a very significant step from Eurostar, having cancelled the previously successful service in 2020. So what was the new train...
Laax introduces a gondola that you can summon up like an Uber

Laax introduces a gondola that you can summon up like an Uber

This winter, the resort of Laax in Switzerland is introducing the world’s first ski lift that can be summoned ‘on demand’. The new CHF80 million lift addresses the inherent inefficiency of traditional gondola that sees cabins continually rotate regardless of whether they have any occupants. The ‘FlemXpress’ will send cabins only on request. Energy use...
NightJet service to run from Amsterdam via Cologne to Austria

NightJet service to run from Amsterdam via Cologne to Austria

Austrian rail operator ÖBB has confirmed that their NightJet service from Amsterdam to the Austrian Alps will continue to operate this winter.    Departures from Amsterdam are every evening at 19.30, stopping at Cologne and connecting to Vienna, and via Munich to to Innsbruck.  British travellers could choose to take the Eurostar to Amsterdam or...