Skiers depend on a climate with cold winters to continue to enjoy the joys of the sport. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that even limiting global warming to 1.5°C will already have serious consequences to the environment and our opportunities to continue to practice snow sports, elite and recreational levels alike. One way everyone can help combat climate change is to adjust their travel habits from driving a vehicle that burns fossil fuels to taking the train to the slopes.
With less than two months remaining until the opening ceremony of the Åre 2019 championships, it is high time to plan your trip there. Taking the train to Åre is a comfortable and climate-friendly way to travel. The SJ night train arrives at 8:10 in the center of Åre, leaving ample time for a good breakfast and a few runs on Åreskutan before the competitions start. The National Arena is within an easy walk from the train station. Arriving by car will not get you even close as near because the Park & Ride lots are located outside town. The Park & Ride buses will however be running on fossil-free vegetable oil-based fuel called HVO100, one of the ways that the organizers of Åre 2019 are trying to reduce the footprint of the event, of which 64% has been calculated to be caused by visitor travel to Åre.
- Our goal is to attract 120 000 visitors to Åre to watch and cheer in the Arena and we hope that as many as possible will help us reduce the event’s carbon footprint by travelling here using a sustainable means of travel such as the train, said Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.
SJ provides a 10% discount to those making a sustainable choice by taking the train to Åre 2019. Book your ticket now at www.are2019.com. Several different train operators will be providing connections to Åre from Sundsvall, Östersund or Trondheim as well as most other Swedish and Norwegian cities. Regardless of the operator, you can book your trip and benefit from the discount on www.sj.se.
12 hours at Åre 2019 World Ski Championships
21.12 - Night train leaves Stockholm Central Station
08.10 - Night train arrives at Åre Station
08.15 - Breakfast at Bahnhof Café
09.00 - Skiing on the wonderful slopes of Åre, your ski pass = entry ticket to Åre 2019
12.00 - Skier’s lunch on the slopes
14.15 - 1st run giant slalom
15.30 - A couple more runs before the lifts close
17.45 - 2nd run giant slalom
18.30 - After-Ski in the National Arena
19.50 - Night train leaves Åre Station, dinner onboard
06.33 - Night train arrives at Stockholm Central Station
08.00 - Back in the office