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MORE SKI TRAINS ADDED FOR HALF-TERM
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The new Eurostar services have just gone on sale for the peak school holiday period in February 2017.

The good news is that these trains are suitable for skiers who want to book Sunday to Sunday holidays, and they will still get you and an extra day on the slopes. 

The outbound trains go overnight, departing London St Pancras on the evenings of Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th February, arriving in the Alps early on the Sunday morning.

The return journey is daytime, leaving the Alps on the mornings of Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th February and arriving back at St Pancras in the afternoon.

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You get the usual generous baggage allowance, which includes two suitcases plus hand luggage and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.

The ski train serves a series of resorts in the French Alps, including Les Arcs, La Plagne, Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes and Val d'Isere.

If you choose this new service you will be combining an overnight journey on the outbound with a daytime journey on the return.

Fares start at £309 return for adults in standard class.

Normally fares for children aged 4-11 are about 30% less than adult fares, and those under four can travel free without a reserved seat.

It could prove to be a big saving over flying to the Alps, assuming that most of the seats are priced between £300 and £450.

Currently, return flights on Easyjet from Gatwick to Geneva going out on February 12th are around £520, and that's excluding luggage and transfers.  

Timetable for additional trains - on sale 14th September

11th and 18th Feb, 2017: London to the French Alps

London

Dept.

19:42

Ashford

Dept.

20:28

Moûtiers

Arr.

05:34

Aime la Plagne

Arr.

05:58

Bourg St Maurice

Arr.

06:17

 

12th and 19th Feb, 2017: French Alps to London

Bourg St Maurice

Dept.

09:34

Moûtiers

Dept.

10:14

Ashford

Arr.

15:37

London

Arr.

16:13

 

The news has been welcomed by Daniel Elkan, founder of the independent rail-ski website, Snowcarbon. 

"Demand for train travel to the Alps continues to far outstrip supply, so it's good to see Eurostar responding and creating additional services," he said.

"These two new train options fit with Sunday to Sunday holidays, which in the Tarentaise region of the French Alps is estimated to be as much as 40% of the ski market.

"Interestingly, though, Eurostar has combined overnight travel on the Saturday night outbound with a daytime Sunday return. 

"This will give skiers the chance to experience both options - and get an extra day's skiing on the Sunday when they arrive. However, the overnight train doesn't have flat beds, only reclining seats, so some skiers won't get the best night's sleep and may not take that well to the experience.

"The direct overnight Ski Train is a bit like Marmite - some love it, and some not so much - whereas everyone loves the daytime ski train."

This 2-minute film by Daniel Elkan is about children's experience of travelling by train to the Alps.

 

Tickets are available from the 14th September on eurostar.com or by calling Eurostar on 03432 186 186.

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