Your 2024 French Alps Ski Holiday is Just a Train Ride Away

“Embark on Your Dream 2024 Ski Holiday in the French Alps via a Scenic Train Journey” 

Even though your skis are still wet and glistening from this year’s snow, it’s not too early to start planning an unforgettable 2024 French Alps ski holiday.

Best of all—skiing in the French Alps is just a train ride away. Check out the packages and schedule offered by the Travel Ski Express train that departs London’s St Pancras each winter. Before you know it, you’ll be skiing in the French Alps before you can say, “Is it 2024 already?”


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The Ski Train

From England, it’s easier and more stress free than ever to travel to the French Alps thanks to the Travel Ski Express, (formerly the Eurostar Ski Train) that zips skiers, snowshoers and fans of fabulous mountain scenery to some of Europe’s best ski resorts.

Each winter, the Travel Ski Express operates between December and April, whisking winter sports enthusiasts from London’s St Pancras International to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Moûtiers stations, putting travelers within easy reach of exclusive French Alps ski and winter sports resorts such as Courchevel, Les Arcs, Méribel, and Val d’Isère. 

Pick your favorite and ski the French Alps next season. 

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The Region

Stretching from Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, France, the French Alps region is vast, with diverse landscapes, one-of-a-kind traditions, and unique gastronomy that make it an exciting place to spend a winter holiday. The spectacular scenery impresses year-round and includes Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, at 4807 metres.

France’s dramatic mountain paradise is full of glaciers, frozen lakes and waterfalls, as well as picturesque old towns and villages that look like snow globe scenes come to life and offer visitors a chance to ski within some of the Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery.

There are an estimated 8,479 kilometres of skiable terrain, including the world’s biggest linked ski-lift network —3 Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) ski area—making the French Alps a dream destinations for skiers and winter warriors of all stripes.

Best of all, your unforgettable French Alps ski vacation is as easy as hopping aboard the ski train. 

The Resorts

In the vast French Alps you are spoilt for choice. And like tea, everyone has their preferred ski-station taste. Whether you want your French Alps ski vacation steeped in black diamond runs and buzzing après-ski scenes or you’re a beginner who wants to find out what all the fuss is about, there are options in the French Alps.

Here are a few BSY favorites to get you started:

Courchevel: Renowned the world over for its skiing and Michelin-star dining, Courchevel in 3 Valleys is made up of three villages (1550, 1650 and 1850) and is home to some of the most sought-after skiing, buzzing après-ski scenes, and sophisticated restaurants and in the French Alps. 

Les Arcs: As part of the the famous Paradiski ski area with more than 400 kilometres of runs and trails, boredom is out of the question at Les Arcs. Beginners, families, and fans of of après-ski won’t be disappointed either thanks to plentiful bars and restaurants, ski school, and family-fun on and off-piste.


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La Plagne: Welcoming families for more than 50 years, La Plagne, at an elevation of 1,250 to 3,250 metres, reigns above the village of Aime and proposes a diverse set of adventures for winter sports enthusiasts of all levels. With the Vanoise Express Cable Car linking to Les Arc, it is one of the largest ski areas in the world.

Val d’Isère:  Synonymous with challenging skiing and alpine charm, Val d’Isère (combined with its neighbour Tignes),offers some of the world’s most exciting on an off-piste skiing with the charm of a typical Savoyard village. There’s also a snow park with rip-roaring jumps and obstacles


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Les Menuires: With eight small villages connected by diverse ski runs, walking paths, chair lifts and shuttle buses in the heart of the 3 Valleys area, Les Menuires is made for families, friends, and winter warriors looking for fun on and off the slopes.


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Méribel: For a family-friendly ski resort in the 3 Valleys, hurry to this picturesque mountain village clad with storybook wood and stone chalets. Gourmet restaurants and a vibrant nightlife give Méribel the fun-for-all stamp of approval.


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BeSeeingYou In: The French Alps

Good to know :The Travel Ski Express offers ski vacation packages that include hotel or chalet stays, VIP transfers, lift tickets and ski lessons.

Wow! Factor: Travel time on the ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice can be as fast as seven hours.

Tip: Browse Travel Ski Express Instagram for inspiration and ideas.

All photos ©Frederic de Poligny

 

Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
Annick Dournes and Frederic de Poligny are two French tourism journalists who travel the world for many years. They will share with you their very favorite experiences of worldwide travels. Those about France, their native country, will be found on a regular basis in their chronicle “Meanderings through France”.

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