Case Study: Driving To The Alps In An Electric Car

Case Study: Driving To The Alps In An Electric Car

With the adoption of electric vehicles increasing fast, more and more British skiers will be driving to the Alps in an electric car. Iain Martin, founder of Ski Flight Free, drove to Zermatt at the end of August 2022 in a Tesla Model Y to see what it’s like on...
The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Nov 2022)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated Nov 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. —————- The ‘Travelski Express’ is fantastic news for train lovers and skiers looking to reduce their carbon emissions. Compagnie des Alpes has signed an...
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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Six more French ski resorts awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’

Six more French ski resorts awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’

Last week at the International Festival of Mountain Professions in Chambéry, the environmental organisation Mountain Riders confirmed that six more ski resorts have been awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’ sustainability label. The new resorts to receive the accreditation are: Font-Romeu (Pyrenees-Orientales) Val d’Isère (Savoie) Tignes (Savoie) Valloire (Savoie) Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (Haute-Savoie) Cordon (Haute-Savoie) In addition, two...
'The Best Ski Resorts to travel to by train'

‘The Best Ski Resorts to travel to by train’

Iain – founder of Ski Flight Free – was recently commissioned by ‘The Independent’ to put together a summary of the best ski resorts to travel to by train. The eight resorts that made the short list were: Les Arcs (Find out about the Travelski Express here) Crans Montana Serre Chevalier (Read about their night...
More Travelski services...from Paris

More Travelski services…from Paris

Lovers of train travel will no doubt already be aware of the Travelski Express direct service from London St Pancras to the French Tarentaise. You can find all the details of this service elsewhere on Ski Flight Free, including Iain’s review of the inaugural service in January 2022. However, it recently came to our attention...
Les Arcs plans to reduce energy use this winter by 10%

Les Arcs plans to reduce energy use this winter by 10%

Les Arcs has always been ahead of the game as far as sustainability is concerned. Already awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’ accreditation and in the course of attaining B-Corps accreditation, the resort has also announced measures to reduce the resort’s energy usage this winter by 10%. Ski lifts (6.5% reduction in overall resort energy consumption)  –        ‘Eco-driving’...
Record ice loss by Glacier Blanc in Ecrins National Park

Record ice loss by Glacier Blanc in Ecrins National Park

No one can be unaware that last summer was devastating for the world’s glaciers. We reported previously on the record melt in the Pyrenees. New data from the Glacier Blanc in Pays des Ecrins glacier backs this up. According to this research, 2022 represented not just the lowest winter snowfall for 23 years, but also...
Compagnie des Alpes converts all piste bashers to biofuel

Compagnie des Alpes converts all piste bashers to biofuel

If reducing the carbon footprint of your ski holiday is important to you, the obvious first step is to choose an alternative to flying, but you can also make a difference by choosing a resort that has high sustainability standards. The Compagnie des Alpes (CdA) has taken a huge step to reducing the emissions generated...
Serre Chevalier given energy efficiency award by EU

Serre Chevalier given energy efficiency award by EU

The French resort of Serre Chevalier has been recognised by the European Union for its outstanding use of renewable energy. The Energy Efficiency Prize was awarded by the EU to the lift company Serre Chevalier Vallee Domaine Skiable for its ‘EnR’ project. Consistent implementation of PV solar panels, wind turbines and use of hydroelectricity throughout...
New PV Solar Panels for Switzerland

New PV Solar Panels for Switzerland

A combination of new government measures and private investment initiatives will lead to significantly more solar power capacity in Switzerland. Earlier this month (October 2022), the upper house of the Swiss parliament voted in favour of legislation ruling that from 01 January 2024 all new buildings with an area of over 300m2 must be equipped...
8 Ideas to Improve Sustainability in Travel from the Skift/McKinsey Report

8 Ideas to Improve Sustainability in Travel from the Skift/McKinsey Report

The recent joint research carried out between McKinsey & Company and Skift Research contained some valuable ideas for improving sustainability in travel. The report sets the scene by noting that global travel and tourism accounts for 8-11% of global emissions and that travel activity is expected to soar by 8% from 2016 to 2030. It...
New Solar Panels for Meribel

New Solar Panels for Meribel

Méribel has joined the increasing number of ski resorts to deploy solar panels on their ski lifts. This winter look out for the unique PV panels on the roof of the mid-station of the Saulire Express gondola. This summer, 182 solar panels, measuring one meter by two meters each, were installed covering an area of...
Cool Bus updates their electric fleet of transfer vehicles in Alps

Cool Bus updates their electric fleet of transfer vehicles in Alps

Transfer company Cool Bus have confirmed that they are updating their fleet of electric vehicles After six successful years using Tesla Model X’s for transfers to ski resorts in the Tarentaise valley the vehicles have clocked up nearly 600,000km of zero emission transport. New Mercedes Electric Minibuses This winter the cars will be supplemented by...
New Electric Snow Groomer for Val Cenis

New Electric Snow Groomer for Val Cenis

Val Cenis remains in the vanguard of ski resorts focussing on sustainability. This winter the Savoyard ski area are adding their first 100% electric snow groomer (piste basher to the Brits) to their fleet. The Prinoth Husky eMotion will be used to prepare their cross country pistes, tobogganning areas and pedestrian paths. Three hour battery life...