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Tickets for Eurostar's direct ski service go on sale

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:07 on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Eurostar ski trainEurostar ski trainEurostar has today opened ticket sales for its direct ski trains, offering a relaxing and green alternative to lugging skis on flights this coming winter season.

The high speed trains will go from St Pancras or Ashford International direct to the towns of Moutiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice. From these stations there is just a short bus ride straight to popular ski resorts such as Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Meribel, Les Arcs and many more.

> Book tickets for the Ski Train with RailEurope: Eurostar's Ski Train

Return fares start from £149 return. Eurostar also allows ski passengers to carry on-board an extra item of luggage in addition to the normal luggage allowance - such as a pair of skis or a snowboard - at no extra cost. 

Alternative, you can opt to travel in Standard Premier, where there's more spacious seating, and meals and drinks are served at your seat, from £229 return.

The 2012/2013 seasonal ski services will run from 22 December (day services) and 21 December (night services) until 13 April 2013. 

The overnight services arrive in the Alps early on a Saturday morning and depart late on a Saturday evening, ensuring you maximise time on the slopes. Alternatively, the Saturday day service allows passengers to take in breath-taking views of the French countryside on route to the resorts.

>> Read our full guide to the Eurostar Ski Train

Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, 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.”

> Book tickets for the Ski Train with RailEurope: Eurostar's Ski Train

> For green accommodation options in the French Alps and other ski resorts see: Eco Chalet in the French Alps, Bed and breakfast in the French Alps, Eco pod in the Swiss Alps. Or see our green winter trips and tours for exciting holidays in the snow this winter. 

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