snowcarbon is an independent Web site dedicated to helping UK skiers and snowboarders reach alpine ski resorts by train. It has just marked its first birthday (Oct. 27) and is proving more popular than ever.

The Web site tries to lure skiers and snowboarders off planes and on to trains, with its list of 35 leading ski resorts easily accessible by rail from the UK. It provides step-by-step guides to timetables, transfers, and booking.

Founder of snowcarbon, Daniel Elkan, told, "The snowcarbon philosophy of enjoyable, low-carbon travel is one that we believe will benefit skiers, snowboarders and the entire wintersports industry. We aim to be a catalyst for change, encouraging and co-ordinating travel improvements to make rail journeys to ski resorts ever more convenient."

snowcarbon offers information on how much you can save in carbon emissions by taking the train. For example travelling to Grindelwald is 10.44kg CO2 per person by train (81kg by plane); Bardonecchia is 16.15kg CO2 by train (97kg by plane); Alpbach is 22kg by train (112kg by plane); and Chamonix is 11kg by train (79kg by plane).

The Web site have just released a number of rail-accommodation packages for skiers too. For example, a week's accommodation in Courchevel with Eurostar Direct Ski Train (anytime) costs £445 per person; a week's accommodation in Sauze-d'Oulx with Eurostar and TGV (daytime) is £479 per person; and a week's accommodation in Saas-Fee with Eurostar and TGV (daytime) is £480 per person.

Train fares and packages also are available to a number of other leading resorts, including Avoriaz,  Chamonix, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, Meribel, Serre Chevalier, Tignes, St. Anton, Zell am See-Kaprun, Soll, Crans Montana, Murren, and more.

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