Eurostar tickets from London St. Pancras International and Ashford International, Kent to the French Alps are now on sale.
The services will probably come as a welcome option for travellers caught in last year’s snow disruption at major UK airports and the ski season services will run from December 17th till Saturday April 14th 2012. Taking the train on holiday is also a much carbon-friendlier way to travel.
The Euro train giant will whisk passengers straight to the French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, with return fares starting from £149 and no excess charges for ski equipment. And there’s the added advantage of being able to check emails during the journey and soak up the picturesque Alpine views on the way to your timeshare resort.
The destination train stations are all an easy bus or taxi ride from the main resorts and the stations provide links with major ski resorts including Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Meribel and Les Arcs.
Ski bunnies will be able to carry an extra item of luggage in addition to the normal luggage allowance – a pair of skis or a snowboard – at no additional charge.
The services are well timed for week long breaks. Eurostar is offering both day and night services – overnight services provide a full week at the destination of choice, arriving in the Alps early on a Saturday morning and departing late the following Saturday evening.
Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s director of communication, said: “French ski resorts are some of the most popular in Europe, and more and more travellers are seeing that high speed rail is the perfect way to reach them, with a minimum of stress and limited impact on the environment.
“On average, a Eurostar journey accounts for just one tenth of the carbon emissions of an equivalent flight and allows travellers to arrive close to their resort, relaxed, refreshed and ready to hit the slopes.”