The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 16 Sep)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 16 Sep)

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 direct rail service from London-Saint Pancras to the French Alps. The ‘TravelSki Express’ Ski Train The new service will be known...
New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

New low-cost rail service from London to Edinburgh

Next month Lumo – a new low cost rail service from London to Scotland – takes to the rails. The company, created by the FirstGroup travel company, plans to offer fares for significantly less than existing rail prices on the same route. One-way fares will be £20 in their initial...
Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

Train Travel to the Alps: Tips and Advice

As well as founding Ski Flight Free, Iain also presents The Ski Podcast. Earlier this month, he was joined by Daniel Elkan from Snowcarbon and Anna Hughes from Flight Free UK in a Facebook Live event to discuss train travel to the Alps. Useful links and notes Great options for checking your...
"Ski resorts are afraid for their future"

“Ski resorts are afraid for their future”

Make sure you pick up a copy of this month’s ‘Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine’ encouraging skiers to #SkiFlightFree. You can find Iain’s opinion piece on the existential threat to ski resorts on page 20: Find out more at www.skiflightfree.org
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...
Why Ski Flight Free?

Why Ski Flight Free?

Climate change represents an existential threat to human life on the planet. The evidence for this has been widely published, but you don’t have to take my word for it. This is what Britain’s most trusted man has to say on the subject: An existential threat to the ski industry...
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The Green Session: Your Free Guide to 'Eco' ski wear

The Green Session: Your Free Guide to ‘Eco’ ski wear

This is a great resource from the Green Session team for anyone thinking about buying new ski wear but also trying to minimise their impact on the environment. Cut through the ‘greenwash’ Created by Frenchmen Pierre and Vincent, the guide aims to cut through ‘greenwashing’ and while the technical aspects of products are important and...
Eurostar At Risk Without Government Support (Update 18 Jan 21)

Eurostar At Risk Without Government Support (Update 18 Jan 21)

UPDATE 18 JANUARY 2021 News outlets are reporting today that Eurostar is facing ‘an existential threat’. Eurostar was ‘not asking for special treatment’, but access to the same help as companies in similar positions (e.g. airlines) have received, such as business rates relief and loans. “Without additional funding from government, there is a real risk...
The world's First Hydrogen-Powered Snow Groomer

The world’s First Hydrogen-Powered Snow Groomer

Italian manufacturer Prinoth has announced the first hydrogen-powered snow groomer. The new LEITWOLF h2MOTION piste basher will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and is currently being tested by the South Tyrolean company. Prinoth also has a fully electric model, the HUSKY eMOTION, in development. Anton Seeber, president of the HTI group, said: “For us,...
Les Arcs awarded 'Flocon Vert' label for sustainability

Les Arcs awarded ‘Flocon Vert’ label for sustainability

We are delighted to report that French resort Les Arcs has been awarded the Flocon Vert label. Iain Martin, founder of the Ski Flight Free campaign, travelled to the resort in December 2019 to review its sustainability credentials. You can read his article, which was published by InTheSnow.com earlier this year. First ‘Flocon Vert’ resort in...
NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

Austrian rail operator ÖBB has confirmed that their NightJet service from Amsterdam to the Austrian Alps will start again in February 2021.   Departures from Amsterdam are every evening at 19.30, connecting to Vienna, and via Munich to to Innsbruck. According to their website: Until further notice, single seats can be booked on the ÖBB...
Vail Resorts aim to have 'zero emissions' by 2030

Vail Resorts aim to have ‘zero emissions’ by 2030

Vail Resorts has confirmed their plan to have zero net emissions across their portfolio by 2030 in their ‘Epic Promise’ Increase in renewables The plan means that all 34 of Vail’s US resorts aim to be 93% powered by renewable electricity by 2023. The change will be driven by two major renewable energy projects. The...
Travel by train to French Ski Resorts

Travel by train to French Ski Resorts

We found this article on travel by train to French ski resorts on the France Montagnes website really useful. Did you know that 57% of greenhouse gas emissions from ski holidays come from your journey to resort? Travelling by train is the single most effective way to reduce your emissions when you take a ski...
New Ouigo trains will link Paris with the Alps this winter

New Ouigo trains will link Paris with the Alps this winter

SNCF have announced that a new low cost TGV service will connect Paris to Bourg-Saint-Maurice this winter. Trains will start from 17 December 2020 and run to 29 March 2021, and will also connect with Grenoble and Albertville. From Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bourg St Maurice From December Ouigo trains will run between Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle...
Sign the 'POW Pledge' from Protect Our Winters

Sign the ‘POW Pledge’ from Protect Our Winters

The ‘POW Pledge’ is a new project from Protect Our Winters, which calls on the outdoors industry to take climate action to help protect the environment. Climate breakdown is real and we need to act now The business sector accounts for around 70% of carbon emissions globally and the outdoors sector is significant – worth...
British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

British Skiers Planning to Travel by Train up 50%

At Ski Flight Free our whole remit is to encourage British skiers to choose to travel by train to the Alps or in a (fully-laden) car instead of flying. Yet it was with mixed feelings that we read the news that the number of skiers planning to fly has plummeted. Skiers planning to fly down...
French Ski Resorts commit to sustainability

French Ski Resorts commit to sustainability

Despite the Covid crisis, ski resorts are still taking steps to improve their sustainability. Alexandre Maulin, president of Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), said at their annual conference: “We are ensuring we cover the quantifiable and quantifiable, so we can’t be accused of ‘greenwashing” The carbon footprint of a ski holiday is determined more by...
Les Arcs survey skiers for sustainability ideas

Les Arcs survey skiers for sustainability ideas

Following a survey in January 2020, Les Arcs is reviewing the results and making a number of changes to make the resort more sustainable. The survey flagged four key topics at the top of respondents’ lists: – Waste – Energy – Transport – Preservation   Reducing waste a key issue The problem of waste was...