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The 'TravelSki Express': New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 Sep)

The ‘TravelSki Express’: New direct ski train to the French Alps (Updated 24 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. STOP PRESS (24 September): Packages are now available to book online The ‘TravelSki Express’ Ski Train...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 carbon footprint include the WWF Footprint...
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 Train That’s why we’ve helped...
'The Grand Jury': Les Arcs crowdsource sustainability ideas

‘The Grand Jury’: Les Arcs crowdsource sustainability ideas

Les Arcs already has an excellent reputation for sustainability. Ski Flight Free founder Iain Martin visited in December 2019 to check out the new 100% electric funicular that takes skiers direct from Bourg St Maurice to Les Arcs 1600. The new zero-emission funicular (running on 100% renewable electricity) opened yesterday. It takes just 7 minutes to...
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 building Let’s start by taking...
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...
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...