Inside track - the Snowcarbon blog
Sometimes you happen to be on a chairlift when you meet someone - who can brilliantly encapsulate what thousands of skiers and snowboarders think about travel to the Alps.
I was trying my hardest not to laugh so the camera didn't shake...
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:
Know that you want to take the train, but haven't yet chosen your ski resort?
In many cases that doesn't matter, as our investigation reveals..
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 daytime, overnight and Eurostar Swiss Service both go on sale at 06:30am on Tuesday 6th August.
If you are wanting to book a peak-season date, such as Christmas, New Year or February half-term, it might be wise to set your alarm.
We'd dove to hear how you get on - so by all means contact us and let us know.
You can book both these trains at Eurostar.com or by calling Eurostar (from 8am) on 08432 186 186
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.
If you are already looking at options for the 2013-14 winter ski season - and why wouldn't you be - then what trains can and can't you book already?
Independent travel - not yet..
The answer is, that if you want to book independent train travel to the Alps, train tickets are not on sale yet. This is when they go on sale:
We're working on some site developments and updates at the moment, so please bear with us.
These are all aimed at making it easier for you to find out about great ski holiday options by train, either with independent travel or with a tour-operator package.
Won't be long now...
Standard Class seats will now cost £119 from London to Switzerland return, for travel on any dates between 2nd March and 13th April.
For £219 return you can travel in Standard Premier (the Eurostar equivalent of First Class).