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...
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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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...
The world's First Hydrogen-Powered Snow Groomer

The world’s First Hydrogen-Powered Snow Groomer

Italian manufacturer Prinoth has announced the first hydrogen-powered snow groomer. The new LEITWOLF h2MOTION piste basher will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and is currently being tested by the South Tyrolean company. Prinoth also has a fully electric model, the HUSKY eMOTION, in development. Anton Seeber, president of the HTI group, said: “For us,...
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...
NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

NightJet service to run from Amsterdam to Austria from February 2021

Austrian rail operator ÖBB has confirmed that their NightJet service from Amsterdam to the Austrian Alps will start again in February 2021.   Departures from Amsterdam are every evening at 19.30, connecting to Vienna, and via Munich to to Innsbruck. According to their website: Until further notice, single seats can be booked on the ÖBB...
Vail Resorts aim to have 'zero emissions' by 2030

Vail Resorts aim to have ‘zero emissions’ by 2030

Vail Resorts has confirmed their plan to have zero net emissions across their portfolio by 2030 in their ‘Epic Promise’ Increase in renewables The plan means that all 34 of Vail’s US resorts aim to be 93% powered by renewable electricity by 2023. The change will be driven by two major renewable energy projects. The...
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...