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...
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...
"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...
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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Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

Italo success shows appetite for train travel in Europe

We’re looking forward to the opening of the new Midnight Trains project – planning to bring back overnight trains across Europe. They’ll be following in the footsteps of another successful new company who have been showing the appetite for train travel on the continent – Italo. Early innovator of high-speed train travel The company was...
Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

Les Arcs funicular forced to close due to rise in temperatures

The irony is inescapable: climate change has led to the closure of the emissions-free funicular that connects Bourg-St-Maurice to Les Arcs. Powered by 100% renewable energy, the funicular means that it’s possible to travel by train the entire way from the UK to the resort of Les Arcs. ‘Significant deformation’ of the track It’s a...
Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix partners with Kia Electric Vehicles

Chamonix has started a new three-year partnership in which the car maker Kia will provide electric vehicles for the resort. The resort already has a great reputation for sustainability and is a verified ‘Flocon Vert’ resort under the Mountain Riders scheme. Marc HEDRICH, President of Kia France said: “The relationship between Kia and Chamonix is...
Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier focuses on Renewable Energy

Serre Chevalier was one of the first ski areas in France to produce its own electricity since they started their renewable energy program in 2018. The resort plans to generate 50% of its electricity requirements by 2025 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. There are three pillars to their plan: Hydroelectricity...
Chamonix targets second life for climbing ropes

Chamonix targets second life for climbing ropes

Established in Chamonix 150 years ago, the Simond factory produces more than 200 tons of dynamic climbing ropes each year with a carbon cost equivalent to a single person flying around the earth almost six hundred times! In an effort to reduce their footprint, the company has launched an operation to collect old climbing ropes,...
Mountain Wilderness launch 'Installations Obsoletes' website

Mountain Wilderness launch ‘Installations Obsoletes’ website

For more than 20 years now, the French organisation Mountain Wilderness have been co-ordinating operations to dismantle obsolete installations in the mountains. It could be discarded piles of junk, concrete remains, pylons and cables left over from unused ski lifts or even abandoned buildings and shelters. Mountain Wilderness have recently launched a website listing all...
Mountain Riders create 'zero waste' campaign

Mountain Riders create ‘zero waste’ campaign

The Mountain Riders environmental group are launching a new national zero waste reduction program waste in the mountains, to be called “Montagne Zéro Déchet”. The plan is to increase the number of clearing sessions and to encourage the reduction of waste at source and will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the lobbying group. The...
Ski Instructor uniforms ‘debranded’ to allow resale

Ski Instructor uniforms ‘debranded’ to allow resale

More great work from the Montagne Verte team in Morzine, who have been ‘debranding’ ski instructor uniforms so they can be resold. Volunteer Chrissy Jahier and local seamstresses have been working together with partners One Tree at a Time. Instructor uniforms were donated by Mint Snowboarding and Billski. You can see in the image how the logos have been...
Morzine & Avoriaz launches bid to attain the ‘Flocon Vert’ label

Morzine & Avoriaz launches bid to attain the ‘Flocon Vert’ label

Morzine and Avoriaz 1800 have started their campaign to be awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’ label, only awarded to ski resorts that demonstrate high levels of sustainability and environmental responsibility. The accolade is awarded by the organisation Mountain Riders and recognises destinations that demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable development policy. The threshold is set very...
Is travelling by train still safe in the ‘new normal’?

Is travelling by train still safe in the ‘new normal’?

Are you looking forward to travelling again once lockdown ends, but are concerned about the risk of taking a train journey? You shouldn’t be: don’t be put off the greenest form of transport. Risk of Infection is less than 0.01%  According to research by the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), the risk of Covid-19...
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...