Why take the train to a ski resort, surely it is easier just to fly? Well, maybe not. For a family, flying can be nothing short of a nightmare. There is the potential early morning drive to the airport, the 2 to 3 hours early arrival, the queuing, the waiting around, and inevitably the delays. There is also a considerable environment benefit to taking the train to your ski resort. Your carbon footprint can be up to 10 times lower if you choose to go by rail instead of by air.
The list below covers ski and snowboard resorts in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Andora, and can all be reached by taking a train from England. The list below is in no particular order and does not reflect the quality of each resort.
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La Clusaz, France
La Clusaz in France has some great off-piste snow for those who relish it, but also intermediate-Nirvana slopes are available. This is not the highest ski resort but the conditions are great. Set in a traditional French village that has a nice and lively nightlife this resort is great fun for all.
Take the Eurostar from St Pancras and then change in Paris onto a Corail Lunea sleeper train to Annecy. Here, there is a connecting bus to take you right to the resort in La Clusaz. All in all this entire journey will take you 12 hours and 50 minutes.
Set in a charming village at an impressive height of 1850 metres above sea level, the slopes of the Montgenevre ski resort in France have a particularly good record when it comes to snow coverage. The ski slopes are great for all, particularly nice for intermediates looking for a challenge.
Take the Eurostar from St Pancras and catch the Corail Lunea sleeper train to Briancon. Then connect via a bus to Montgenevre, with the whole journey taking approximately 14 hours and 45 minutes.
This Italian ski resort is set in a small resort village that is particularly well suited to families, with its great ski schools and access to the 400km Via Lattea.
Take the Eurostar from St Pancras and change in Paris onto the TGV that takes you all the way to Bardonecchia. This journey will take you approximately 8 hours 50 minutes in total.
St Gervais, France
St Gervais in France is relatively quiet, which is great if you don’t like a crowded ski resort and piste. It is part of the Mont Blanc ski area, with a nice variety of ski conditions that mean the St Gervais ski resort in France is great for both families and off-piste advanced skiers and snowboarders. The nightlife is pretty quiet, but the traditional French town has charm leaking from its streets.
From the UK take the Eurostar from St Pancras and change on a Corail Lunea sleeper train at Paris. This sleeper train takes you to St Gervais les Bains, and the French ski resort is a short taxi ride away. This journey will take you approximately 14 hours and 37 minutes.
Crans Montana, Switzerland
The Crans Montana ski resort is in a French speaking area of Switzerland , and apart from the spectacular views and multiple ski areas, there are plenty of good quality places to eat all over the mountain resort.
Reach this Switzerland winter sports resort by taking the Eurostar from St Pancras and change twice; first at Paris (travelling on the TGV) then again at Lausanne (regional train operator). You can take a funicular to the resort itself. The time from London to the destination will take approximately 9 hours and 25 minutes.
Switzerland has some amazing views, and the Grindelwald ski and snowboard winter sports resort does not disappoint. There are some nice long and gentle runs over this ski resort.
Depart England from St Pancras and change three times to reach your resort in Grindelwald. First change from the Eurostar onto the TGV at Paris, then onto and InterCity at Basel, and finally take a regional train service at Interlaken which takes you all the way to Grindelwald. This journey will take you around 10 hours and 17 minutes.
Leogang Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
If you like Apres ski then this Austrian ski resort is for you. There is a major Ski Circus area to explore and even more partying to be had in Saalbach, and the skiing itself is perfectly suited to the intermediate skier and snowboarder. Leogang is a bit quieter than Saalbach, so if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere then this is better for you.
Leave St Pancras on the Eurostar and take it all the way to Brussels, where you take a Treski sleeper train to Zell am See. From here you need to take a taxi to get to the ski resort. This will take you 16 hours and 21 minutes.
Les Arcs, France
Les Arcs ski resort in France has skiing levels that will appeal to all levels of skier and snowboarder. The setting is a little modern and may not be to everybody’s taste, but if you can get past this you will really appreciate the inspiring Paradiski ski area for its fantastic beauty.
Take the Eurostar Direct Ski Train from St Pancras that will take you all the way to Bourg St Maurice, from where you need to take a funicular to the resort itself. This journey will take you 7 hours and 50 minutes.
The Meribel ski resort falls as part of the vast Three Valleys Ski Area. This French winter sports resort has it all, great piste slopes, fantastic chalet accommodation, and a vibrant nightlife.
From St Pancras in London take the Eurostar and change in Paris, where you get onto a Corail Lunea sleeper train that will take you down to Moutiers. Finally get onto a bus that takes you to the Meribel ski resort. This journey will take you 12 hours and 35 minutes.
Soldeu / Grandvalira, Andorra
This winter sports resort has fantastic ski schools and is very family friendly. There is plenty for all level of skier to do, but in particular the beginners and intermediates are well catered for. Soldeu lies in the centre of the Grandvalira ski area, which covers some 300Km.
Take the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris. From Paris take the Corail Lunea sleeper train to L’Hospitalet, where you get onto a connecting bus to the Soldeu ski resort. This journey will take you approximately 13 hours and 55 minutes.
There you go, 10 great ski resorts that you can easily reach by train. If you have anything to add please leave a comment below. Remember to share using the social icons at the top of this page if you think others will be interested in this information.