Admittedly, a plane’s speed is higher, but on a train you can travel in comfort, your equipment is free, and, if you travel on Friday night out and Saturday night back, you get eight days of skiing instead of six.
Crystal Ski offers ski holidays by train not just at the same prices as flight packages, but if you consider all the restrictions if you fly, it’s an easy ride through southern England, dive into the tunnel and watch French landscapes come and go. On board the Eurostar services include a bar and buffet carriage or you can be prepared and carry your own food and drink.
On arrival in the Alps, the train stations are close to the French Alpine ski resorts, with most being under an hour’s drive away. So if you’re on the Eurostar overnight service, you could have a lift pass, ski hire sorted and be up on the mountain skiing early on Saturday morning.
For a fast, convenient alternative to flying – climb aboard the Eurostar ski train
• Travel overnight by train on Friday for 8 days skiing
• On the Saturday service, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel through France to the Alps
• Short transfers to resort
• FREE carriage of skis – no baggage weight limit
• Upgrade to Standard premier for complimentary drinks, a tasty meal, roomy seats and newspapers
• Travel by ski train and reduce your carbon emissions
Direct weekly Eurostar trains run from St. Pancras International Ashford to Moûtiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St. Maurice for a quick connection to Alpine ski resorts.
Resorts that can be reached by ski train: all resorts in the Three Valley (Courchevel, Meribel, Mottaret, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, La Tania, Brides les Bains), Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne) and L’Espace Killy (Val d’Isère, Tignes) ski areas as well as Valmorel.
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Prices from £499 per person (based on two sharing) for eight days on the slopes including rail travel on Eurostar, transfers, half board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Curling in Tignes departing on 3 January 2014.
Find out more about the benefits of travelling by ski train on our Ski Buzz blog.