Travel to the Alps by train

Getting to Alpine ski resorts by rail can be more enjoyable, less stressful and good value too. A website that aims to encourage and enable more skiers to travel to resorts by trains went online last week.

The arrival of is well timed. Charges for skis and extra bags are making scheduled airlines less and less attractive to skiers. The cost of flying with your ski equipment can add up, especially for large groups and families.

This will also be the first winter for 20 years without a Snow Train. The operator, Rail Europe has stopped the Snow Train service this season due to a combination of rising costs, the weak pound and the recession.

The Snow Train was a dedicated sleeper service that left London on a Friday evening and pulled into the Tarentaise valley in the heart of the French Alps early the next day. The return train departed on a Saturday afternoon, arriving back in London early on the Sunday. This allowed dedicated skiers to enjoy eight days on the slopes and still have a Sunday to recover on their return from their trip.

As Snowcarbon points out, we may have lost the only direct sleeper service from Britain to the Alps, but there are still other options for travellers who wouldn’t mind injecting a little imagination into their travel plans. The website highlights more than two dozen resorts in Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy to which you can feasibly travel by train.

Remember your 24/7 wintersports travel insurance…
It is not just medical emergencies that wintersports travel insurance can protect you from financially – policies may include:

  • cover for stolen or damaged ski equipment
  • baggage loss
  • piste closure
  • personal liability
  • loss of ski passes
  • medical repatriation

So check your wintersports travel insurance cover carefully to avoid being left out of pocket!
Travel Insurance with wintersports cover can be purchased for just £11.82* at – a small price to pay to be able to really enjoy your wintersports holiday on the slopes!
* Premium £11.82 includes Insurance Premium Tax, Personal Possessions cover and Wintersports cover. Based on a ‘standard’ single trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for one adult aged under 55 travelling to Europe for 3 days. Policy purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (November 2009) and are subject to change.