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Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

Join the campaign to #SaveTheSkiTrain

It’s fast, comfortable, and far more sustainable than flying or driving from the UK to the Alps. But it’s cancelled. To the massive disappointment of skiers and the ski industry, Eurostar will not run its iconic Ski Train this winter, despite its environmental claims to ‘tread lightly’ Save The Ski Train That’s why we’ve helped...
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,...
Les Orres Reveals Plans for Improved Sustainability

Les Orres Reveals Plans for Improved Sustainability

Positive sustainability news from Les Orres in France which is starting a project to improve its energy efficiency and renewable energy self-sufficiency.   There are plans for more hydroelectricity, turbine purification of used water, as well as new biomass units and photovoltaic power.
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...
London to Zermatt by Train (Case Study)

London to Zermatt by Train (Case Study)

We love to hear from people about their own trips to the Alps by train. Alun Pinnegar recently contacted us to tell us about his journey from London to Zermatt by train: London to Zermatt by Train Alun’s journey took 13 hours door-to-door and cost £1000 for a family of four. Given he was travelling...
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...