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Low-carbon travel from the UK to the ski slopes

There are lots of reasons why going by train is better than flying: It's good for the planet, comfortable and relaxing, scenic, and family friendly.

There are lots of reasons why going by train is better than flying: It's good for the planet, comfortable and relaxing, scenic, and family friendly. © L_K_M/flickr

Taking the train from London to go skiing in Sestriere/I sounds like a nightmare scenario. But, as a new specialist website proves, it's not. For a number of weeks now, avid skiers can go to www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ (en) to find the most convenient train journeys to take them from London/UK to the Alps or the Pyrenees to go skiing.
Through their snowcarbon website travel journalists Mark Hodson and Daniel Elkan are offering an eco-friendly alternative to flying. Travelling by train can cut carbon emissions by up to 90% compared with travelling by air.
Users of the website are only a few clicks away from finding the travel information they need, complete with fares. Tickets can also be booked online. All the connections listed have been verified and double-checked by the bus and rail companies as well as resort tourist offices.
The winter resorts on offer are located in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy and Andorra. They were specifically selected by Hodson and Elkan because they can all be reached conveniently by train. The relatively small number of destinations also means that the information provided can be detailed. For each resort the website features details of how to get there, descriptions with general information and data about the slopes and the surroundings, recommendations for places to eat and drink, and après-ski and nightlife.

Source and additional information: www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ (en), http://diepresse.com/home/panorama/oesterreich (de)