Top tips for rail travel
• You won’t be allowed to bring any booze on the night train and none will be served on board either. This is to keep the vibe more peaceful and less party. You can save money by bringing your own food aboard though
• While the direct Eurostar Ski Train is great, you can also easily access other areas by planning an indirect journey. Simply get the Eurostar to Paris and then hop on an onward TGV train to the Alps. This will open up some beautiful Italian, Swiss and Austrian ski resorts for you, as well a wider choice of French destinations
• From Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station, several top resorts, such as Val Thorens and Val d'Isère, can be reached via an easy coach transfer. To reach other resorts, you might need to pay for a taxi instead. Sharing the journey with fellow passengers is cheaper and kinder to the environment
Great ski destinations by train
Les Menuires, France
It takes just an hour to reach the slopes of Les Menuires from Bourg-Saint-Maurice station. Once there, join the action on the slopes as you explore the huge 600km Three Valleys ski area or relax after your journey in the chilled out resort with its cosy bars and state-of-the-art leisure centre.
La Plagne, France
You’ll need to grab a taxi to get you from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to La Plagne. It will cost you around €80-100, so worth sharing the fee with others if you can. But in under an hour your holiday in this picturesque village really begins. At a snowsure altitude of 2,050m, most of the accommodation here is ski-in, ski-out, giving you a wonderful relaxed break.