"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...
Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

While train travel to the Alps may not be more expensive than flying, it does normally take longer. Perhaps that has put you off taking the train to a ski resort, particularly on a shorter break. With a limited amount of holiday available, why use up some of your valuable...
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...
How Individuals Can Make A Difference

How Individuals Can Make A Difference

You don’t have to stop taking ski holidays, but if you decide to take one less flight this winter then you will have made a difference. Will flying less make a difference? There are a lot of ways of calculating CO2 per person. Most estimates suggest the CO2 per capita...
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“Meet the man trying to put us out of business…”

“Meet the man trying to put us out of business…”

I was at the London Ski & Snowboard Festival last month. It has its critics, but I always enjoy catching up with other people in the industry, and also having the chance to meet the people that mean there is a ski business at all – the holiday-taking public. London is the only remaining consumer...
Oatly lead way for carbon labelling

Oatly lead way for carbon labelling

You can have the greatest impact on your carbon footprint by reducing the number of flights you take but changing your diet can help too. Recently I stopped drinking dairy milk and moved to oat milk. That’s when I came across Oatly. You may know the brand: their advertising stands out. These are two of my...
Ski Flight Free in The Telegraph

Ski Flight Free in The Telegraph

It was great to see this article by Ski Flight Free founder Iain Martin published by The Telegraph this week. Under the title ‘Climate change could kill the ski industry – so take the train to the Alps this winter’, Iain explains his motivations for setting up the Ski Flight Free campaign. It’s the well-educated...
Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

Does it cost more to travel to the Alps by train?

A question often asked is whether it costs more to travel to the Alps by train? The answer might surprise you. Two reasons people often give for continuing to fly and not travelling by train is that it will 1) cost more 2) take longer But while it will typically take longer to take the...
Loco2 to be rebranded as Rail Europe

Loco2 to be rebranded as Rail Europe

Our favourite website for booking train travel to Europe – Loco2.com – will shortly be re-branded as the more logical and easier-to-remember ‘Rail Europe’. The switch is planned for Wednesday 06 November 2019 with the aim of positioning Rail Europe as a single global brand for environmentally conscious travellers to book European train travel. Cristina...
Alpine glaciers could be gone by 2100

Alpine glaciers could be gone by 2100

Most of Europe’s remaining glacial ice will be gone by the end of this century, according to a new report by scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. The study showed that unless there is urgent action to slow or prevent climate change, then the 4000 Alpine glaciers will have...
Chamonix's glaciers from the air: 1919 v 2019

Chamonix’s glaciers from the air: 1919 v 2019

Two British academics have put together these shocking photos, showing the extent of the glacial retreat in Chamonix. Dr Kieran Baxter and Dr Alice Watterson from the University of Dundee compared photos taken a century ago in 2019. The original photos were taken by the Swiss pilot and photographer Walter Mittelholzer, who flew over the...
Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

Book your trains via Paris to the Alps (Dec19-Jan20)

The first booking window opened last week for indirect trains (i.e. Eurostar + SNCF) travelling between 15 December 2019 and 05 January 2020. Eurostar trains can be booked well in advance, but one of the limitations of SNCF is that tickets normally only go on sale around 90 days in advance. Tickets for journeys travelling...
Survey shows importance of environment for business travel

Survey shows importance of environment for business travel

The appetite for action on climate change within the travel industry is growing quickly. Business travel specialists TripActions has taken the decision to provide its customers with data on the CO2 emissions, to enable them to make better decisions in relation to their travel choices. Minimising environmental impact the single most important factor A recent...
Fall Line Magazine: The Eco Issue (Sep 2019)

Fall Line Magazine: The Eco Issue (Sep 2019)

Make sure you pick up the latest copy of Fall-Line Skiing – the whole focus is on eco and environmental issues. It’s full of excellent ideas and info to help you make your skiing decisions this winter. Features include: 20 Green Ski Ideas Taking the train to the Austrian Alps ‘The fight to save our snow’ Scrutiny...
Eurostar, SNCF and Thalys to merge?

Eurostar, SNCF and Thalys to merge?

Exciting plans to merge Europe’s two high-speed operators, Eurostar and Thalys, were released at the weekend. The proposal is for the owners of French National Railways (SNCF) and Belgian National Railways, which between them own a majority stake in both Eurostar and Thalys. The working name for the new reform is the ‘Green Speed Project’....
Global Warming in 577 steps...

Global Warming in 577 steps…

There are a lot of graphics that demonstrate global warming and climate change, but this superb and worrying image stands out. I can remember skiing the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix for the first time in 1984…it’s a very different experience today!   chamon   This photo shows the difference in the Mer de Glacier as...