The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated July 2022)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated July 2022)

Iain tested the inaugural outbound service in January 2022. You can read his article here, listen to the special podcast episode or watch his video below. Note that on this service the overnight was outbound, but for 2022/23 it will be the return service that is overnight. —————- The ‘Travelski...
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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What is the actual carbon footprint of a train?

What is the actual carbon footprint of a train?

We are indebted to our friends at Midnight Trains for this analysis, first published on their website, but so compelling that it deserves to be shared. Let’s weigh up the stats‍ First up, according to the French government, the transport sector generates more greenhouse gases than any other, representing 31% of all emissions. Drilling down...
Brèche de Roland: 2010 v. 2022

Brèche de Roland: 2010 v. 2022

When Greta Thunberg told us that ‘Our house is on fire‘ in 2019, it seemed like she was talking figuratively. Just three years later, it seems literal. We have already seen glaciers collapsing in Italy and closing early for summer in France.  This trend is evident in the French Pyrénées at the Brèche de Roland....
Sunweb offering night train to the Alps from Netherlands/Belgium

Sunweb offering night train to the Alps from Netherlands/Belgium

In another indicator of the growing provision of rail options by travel companies to match the increased demand for this low-carbon form of travel. Last week we wrote about the ANMSM’s goal to lobby for improved rail services to the Alps. Their research showed a high potential level of demand, if there were more trains...
French ski resorts lobby for more trains

French ski resorts lobby for more trains

The National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts (ANMSM) has called for better train services to ski resorts in France to reduce the carbon footprint of ski holidays. A survey commissioned by the ANMSM and conducted by G2A Consulting showed that almost half of respondents would change the way they travel to resort if the...
[Case Study] Chamonix by Train from the UK

[Case Study] Chamonix by Train from the UK

In May 2022, Iain from Ski Flight Free travelled to Chamonix in France by train. He left London St Pancras at 08:01 BST and arrived in Chamonix at 19:02 CET (18:02 BST). This is his report of the journey. London-Paris I live in Brighton, so actually my journey started early with a direct train to...
Travelski Express returns for 2022/23 with new timings/destinations

Travelski Express returns for 2022/23 with new timings/destinations

Despite a challenging first season, Travelski Express have confirmed that they will be continuing their direct train service from London to France for the 2022/23 winter season. The key change for their second winter is that the outbound train will depart on Saturday morning, arriving Saturday afternoon, with the return train leaving on Saturday evening,...
Paris-Briancon Night Carriages to be upgraded

Paris-Briancon Night Carriages to be upgraded

Good news from Serre Chevalier for lovers of train travel – France Relance, the plan introduced by the French Government to stimulate the economy, has invested in new night trains. There is an overall investment of EUR100 million and the Paris-Briançon line carriages will be among those first to be renovated. A total of 44...
Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

Travelski Express Review 2022 by Charlie Mack

This was the first season of the Travelski Express direct train from London St Pancras to the Tarentaise, but what did travellers think of the service. Review: Charlie Mack Ski Flight Free follower Charlie Mack contacted us with his review of the Travelski Express. Charlie had previously travelled to Arc 1800 seven years in a...
Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

Research: What is the carbon footprint of a ski holiday?

We love this great infographic, detailing the carbon cost of a day’s skiing, and the differences your choices can make to the final figure. The data was based on a study by the French ski areas of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Tignes. It concluded that the carbon footprint of a day’s skiing is...
POW Europe launch 'POW Mobility week'

POW Europe launch ‘POW Mobility week’

POW Europe have recently launched a sustainable transport hub to raise awareness about transport-related emissions generated by outdoor sports. As regular visitors to Ski Flight Free will be aware, your travel to and from a ski resort generate anything from 50-70% of the emissions associated with your holiday. POW Europe also note that train travel is the...
[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

[Case Study] Switzerland by Train from the UK

In March 2022, Iain from Ski Flight Free travelled to Andermatt in Switzerland by train. He left London St Pancras at 08:01 GMT and arrived in Andermatt at 19:06 CET (18:06 GMT). This is his report of the journey. London-Paris Although I started in Brighton, let’s start off this blog post from London, as this...
Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Free Tickets on the Funicular to Les Arcs for train travellers

Last weekend I travelled to Les Arcs on the inaugural Travelski Express train service, direct from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice. You can find out more about the experience of travelling overnight on the train in my article for InTheSnow Magazine, this video or in the podcast I published about it for The...