London might be slapping on the sunscreen this summer but anyone planning a ski break this Christmas and who wants to travel by train had better book their seats now.
Tickets for Eurostar’s direct ski service from St Pancras to the French Alps have just gone on sale for this winter with a recession-busting £30 saving on last year’s fares.
The twice-weekly service starts from the 19 December 2009 with the daytime train leaving St Pancras on Saturday at 10am and arriving in the Alps at 5.30pm. The overnight service, departing from London every Friday at 8.31pm, starts from New Year’s Day.
Despite the increasing popularity of rail travel as a green alternative to flying, Rail Europe is struggling. It has just announced that it will not operate its famous Snow Train during the 2009-2010 season, blaming the recession and poor exchange rates. For 20 years the Snow Train has run from Paris to the Alps with a disco carriage that achieved legendary status with partying skiers.
The Eurostar ski trains will call at Moûtiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice taking travellers to popular resorts such as Courchevel, Méribel and Les Arcs, an alternative to crushed airports and long transfers with a possible two extra days on piste.
Prices on the Eurostar ski service start from £149 return. To book, and for more information, call Eurostar on 08705 186186, or visit www.eurostar.com.