The Eurostar snow train is a great way to get to the slopes. You don't need to change trains, and there are no surcharges for your ski equipment. Check in is quick and easy, but please arrive at the station no later than 60 minutes before departure.
If you can get away on Friday afternoon you can enjoy a good night's sleep and arrive on Saturday morning ready for a full day's skiing. And if you return on the Saturday afternoon train you can enjoy eight days on the slopes! And you don't need to worry about rowdy behaviour on board, as Eurostar have strict limits on the amount of alcohol that can be taken on the snow train.
The alternative to the Friday night departure is the Saturday morning snow train. The benefit of this train is that you can enjoy the wonderful scenery, especially as you approach the Alps. And you should be in your resort in good time for an evening meal and a warming glass of gluwein.
The ski trains feature a bar-buffet serving decent snacks which is open for the whole journey on the day train, and on the night train until midnight and again for breakfast from 5 am. In addition if you upgrade to Leisure Select you get served an evening meal with wine, then breakfast, on the overnight journey, or lunch with wine on the day train, all direct to your seat.
The trains go direct to the valley resorts of Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg-St-Maurice, from where coaches, taxis or hire cars are available to take you to your ski resort. Among the popular French ski resorts served are Val Thorens, Courchevel, La Plagne, Meribel, Tignes, Val d'Isere, Les Menuires and Les Arcs. The local bus operator is Altibus. Travellers can contact Altibus on +33 4 79 68 32 96 or by visiting www.altibus.com, to book transfers from any of our three stations. Altibus can answer calls in English and will be able to advise on transfers and schedules.
In addition to all this convenience Eurostar claims that all its journeys are carbon neutral, so you can ski with an easy conscience.