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Case Study: Driving to Val d'Isère in an electric car

Case Study: Driving to Val d’Isère in an electric car

Simon McIntyre – MD at Iglu Ski – recently contacted us to share his experience of driving in an electric vehicle to Val d’Isère. He recently spoke to Iain in Episode 176 of The Ski Podcast and you can listen to that conversation at ~39 minutes: EV to Val d’Isère  He drove to France in...
The 'TravelSki Express' (Updated Jul 2023)

The ‘TravelSki Express’ (Updated Jul 2023)

The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. UPDATE (13 July 2023): The Travel Express will not run direct from London to the Alps in 2023/24, with a service via Lille likely instead (see below) What ski train services are on offer to the Alps in...
Serre Chevalier installs second hydroelectric turbine

Serre Chevalier installs second hydroelectric turbine

Serre Chevalier has added another element to its €3.6 million ‘Renewable Energy Programme’ by adding a second hydroelectric turbine. The programme has been underway in Serre Chevalier since 2016, and will mean that the ski resort will be able to meet its target of producing 30% of its own electricity consumption by the end of...
Courchevel adds floating solar panels

Courchevel adds floating solar panels

Courchevel in Les 3 Vallées has been working with Savoyard start-up HéliosLite to integrate floating solar PV panels in the mountains. In conjunction with the Société des 3 Vallées deployment of a 245 KW array is planned for the Ariondaz reservoir at an altitude of 2000m. Another array is already in place on the Lac...
CM DUPON releases world's first standard electric snow groomer

CM DUPON releases world’s first standard electric snow groomer

French snow groomer manufacturer CM Dupon has launched the world’s first fully electric snow groomer of standard size, designed at the request of Compagnie des Alpes (CDA). After testing in La Plagne last winter, the pre-production model of the Alpine B400 will go into operation this winter, with the company in discussion with several French...
Case Study: London to Verbier by train

Case Study: London to Verbier by train

In March 2023, Iain presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from London to Verbier by train. 0801 (GMT) – London St Pancras Eurostar check-in is so much simpler and faster than flying: 12 mins to get through security and passport control AND with a full water bottle, cup of tea...
Case Study: Taking the train from the UK to Arinsal, Andorra

Case Study: Taking the train from the UK to Arinsal, Andorra

Tom Thorp recently contacted us after listening to Iain talking about train travel on The Ski Podcast: “I’ve been enjoying your podcast, thank you for all your work creating interesting episodes and insights.”  Tom is a ski instructor, working both in the UK and regularly in the European mountains. He specifically wanted to share his...
Case Study: Driving to Méribel in a Tesla 3 Electric Car

Case Study: Driving to Méribel in a Tesla 3 Electric Car

Judy Mathews recently contacted us at Ski Flight Free to tell us about her experience of driving out to the Alps in her Tesla 3 earlier this year. The good news is Judy felt that the experience was “very positive” and she is already planning a similar trip for next season: “It required a bit...
5 ways Alpe d’Huez is reducing emissions

5 ways Alpe d’Huez is reducing emissions

SATA Group – the company that manages the lifts in Alpe d’Huez – has been working on practical ways to reduce their emissions as part of their goal to achieve Net Zero by 2037. This is a quick look at some of the policies they have put in place already, with other measures lined up...
Glacier lake in Chamonix at risk of overflowing

Glacier lake in Chamonix at risk of overflowing

The ski resort of Chamonix has met again to discuss the monitoring of the lake formed in 2018 on the Bossons Glacier. Formed from increased amounts of snowmelt, the lake now carries the threat of overflowing, should there be future extended periods of warm weather. Last year, the resort used an excavator to clear rocks...
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...
Case Study: UK to Méribel (Les 3 Vallées) by train

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

In January 2023, Iain Martin, presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from the UK to Méribel – in the heart of Les 3 Vallées – by train. London to Paris All train trips to the Alps from the UK depart from London St Pancras International. I booked the first Eurostar of the...