Inside track - the Snowcarbon blog
Eurotunnel is carrying out essential engineering work on the Channel Tunnel on two dates this winter. The dates are:
It's great to read the emails coming in from skiers who are already hungry to get back to the slopes in 2019-20, and that's before this season has even finished!
I'm helping each enquiry that comes in, but will shortly be creating the 2019-20 Snowcarbon Jourey Planner so that you can start planning journeys ahead.
I'm also going through all the guides on the site to improve them and add new ones, so that the advice on the site becomes more useful.
Two extra days on the slopes and a direct journey that delivers you minutes from the ski slopes...the overnight Eurostar Ski Train sounds ideal in principle.
However, there is one problem: unlike sleeper trains from Paris, the direct service doesn't have proper flat beds but merely seats that recline a little. This means you have to sit up all night, lean on a friend or partner's shoulder or try and curl across two seats - if there is space.
Rail Europe has just announced that the winter 2013-14 booking horizons - which mean that you can book journeys that use a Eurostar + at TGV train or a Eurostar + a Corail Lunea sleeper train (the Eurostar Ski Train is already on sale).
The booking window opens at 5am on the 17th October.
The booking windows are never as simple as it could or should be, but it works like this:
You might have got out of bed as early as we did, to check fares on the Eurostar Ski Train.
Tickets went on sale at 06:30 this morning.
At 06:46 (the first time that the site gave us a price), the prices for peak dates had already rocketed: Christmas and New Year were both already £299 per adult retun, and February half-term already £369 return.
The Eurostar Ski Train opens for booking next week - probably on Tuesday morning.
The timetable is similar to last season, with a few notable changes.
The day train leaves from St Pancras at 09:39, twenty minutes earlier than previously. It reaches the Alps at the same time.
Around this time of year the Eurostar Ski Train can be quite expensive, particularly for peak dates.
But if you haven't already chosen accommodation and would be happy with a package from a ski tour operator, then a very good-value way to have a ski holiday with the Eurostar Ski Train is to buy a package with either Inghams or Crystal.
One of the many great things about travelling to ski resorts by train is that you can take your skis or board with you, and not have them dumped in the hold of a plane and be charged for the privilege.
Have you ever watched the excellent film No Country for Old Men?
One of the best lines comes when the Sheriff and his Deputy arrive at a scene of carnage. There has been a shoot out, and dead bodies lie blooded and strewn on the grass, between cars ridden with bullet holes.
Deputy: “It’s a big old mess ain’t it Sherriff?”
Sherriff: [staring into mid-distance] “Well if it ain’t a mess, it’ll do till the mess gets here...”
When you are trying to find a ski holiday by train, do you ever feel this way?
A lot of skiers – perhaps you - are waiting for booking to open in the Corail Lunea sleeper trains from Paris to French ski resorts.
The Corail Lunea trains have a big advantage over the direct overnight Eurostar Ski train (which is already on sale) because they have couchette beds (the Eurostar direct overnight train only has reclining seats).
For many journeys to ski resorts by train, you need to change station in Paris.
We often hear people say: "We'd love to travel by train, but isn't the change in Paris difficult?"
Well it is, and it isn't. We've created a whole section about changing in Paris to show you how to do it simply and easily.
If you’ve ever woken up at 2am to stand in an airport queue that seems longer than the flight itself, or huddled around the luggage carousel as it – hopefully - churns out your luggage, you’ll know that there isn’t much fun, or romance, about flying to a ski resort.And if you’ve taken the train, you’ll know that there is.