Expert advice - Ask Snowcarbon

Looking for suggestions for superb resorts, fantastic accommodation and convenient journeys by train? SnowCarbon can offer you great advice and options

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Like some suggestions for your next ski holiday?

Ski holidays by train are fantastic - but what are the best options for your party?

SnowCarbon founder Daniel can help. 

Since 2004, Daniel has traveled to over 50 ski resorts by train, building up a wealth of knowledge.  As a ski-travel journalist he has written on this subject for The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Sunday Times, Travelmail, Snow magazine, Ski+board, InTheSnow, Time Out, National Geographic Traveller and Conde Nast Traveller. 

He can put his knowledge to good use for you, helping you choose the best resorts, accommodation and journeys - based on your criteria and what's important for your party.

Daniel says: "It's great to be able to use my knowledge and experience to save people hours of searching and to help them make the right choices. By focussing on the destinations that fit the most important criteria first, one can then choose options that are going to make a really great ski holiday.”

"The 'Ask SnowCarbon’ service has really taken off.  People love this tailored approach and the options that they get access to.  It's a real pleasure helping put someone on the right path to a fantastic holiday in the Alps."

How Ask SnowCarbon works

Daniel ElkanSnowcarbon Founder, Daniel Elkan

Ask SnowCarbon is a free, tailored advice service to help you find or create the best ski holidays by train. How does it work?

Step 1
You email SnowCarbon giving to let Daniel know what you are ideally looking for.  Useful things to say include: 

  • Which ski resorts you’ve been to before (if any)
  • The level of ski experience across your group
  • What kind of accommodation you are ideally looking for - such as a catered chalet, hotel or a self-catered apartment or chalet
  • Your ideal departure date
  • Anything that you are particularly looking for in terms of resort and accommodation, such as a traditional village, ski-in-ski-out, lots of apres ski, a quieter family-friendly resort etc etc

Step 2
Daniel will respond to your email. He might suggest a quick call to clarify anything.

Step 3
Daniel send you initial suggestions by email for resorts and accommodation. These could be independent accommodation options or via a ski tour operator, or both, depending on what’s most ideal in your case. Daniel has a huge range of contacts in the ski industry.  At the same time, Daniel can also provide sample train itineraries and advice on how to book them independently, or as part of a package if available.

Step 4
You see which options you like, ask for any more or anything different. And, if you like any of the options, you can book them directly with the accommodation provider or tour operator.

There’s no cost to you for this service. If you book one of the accommodation options that came via Daniel’s options and contacts, you pay the same price as if you'd contacted the provider directly, out of the blue. But Snowcarbon will receive a commission. This helps cover Daniel's time and helps us continue to make the Snowcarbon website better.

Click here to contact Daniel by email

What people say

"It was really an excellent holiday and if you are at all unsure about planning a trip drop Daniel a line as he is not only very helpful but also clearly very knowledgeable and will do his best to advise" - Tom Beynon.  Read about Tom's holiday.

"With Daniel's help we booked the Eurostar, connecting transfers, sleeper trains and our catered chalet. We'll certainly be looking at train travel again, and certainly be talking to Daniel" - Matt Vincent.  Read about Matt's holiday.

"Daniel guided us through the various options of train travel, resorts most suited to our group even gave us chalet options to compliment the ones I had already found, one of which we ended up choosing for the week." - James Woolley
Read about James' holiday

"We really appreciated Daniel's suggestions - a perfect trip. Many thanks!!" - Maria Craig
Read about Maria's holiday

Ski holidays by train — Ask SnowCarbon