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Given the choice I would catch the train to the Alps every time.

Given the choice I would catch the train to the Alps every time.  It can be done during the day or overnight. Best of all, if staying in Meribel or La Tania the train will take you to Moutier, which is a mere 20 minutes’ drive away. And if you are staying in one of our chalets we will pick you up from the station in our minibus.

Most of the UK ski tourists will fly. But why? OK it is understandable if you live a long way from St Pancreas, but if you don’t, you really should consider it.

Admittedly I live in London, so getting to St Pancreas was pretty easy, even with a snowboard bag in tow. I had opted for an overnight train on the way out. The Eurostar left at 6pm and I would arrive at about 7 am in the morning, perfect for an extra day on the slopes. St Pancreas is what an airport should be like. It is spacious and efficient. When you arrive there are always ample check in desks and security stations to ease you through to the waiting area.

Not actual train.
Not actual train.


As there is no hold luggage and no weighing of baggage, allowing you to be a bit more generous with what you pack. However, you should adhere to one simple rule, don’t pack what you can’t carry. Once your train has been called, you make your way up to the platform. You can pretty much guarantee that your train will not be cancelled or delayed. It does happen but not as frequently as it does at the airport.

The out bound journey I normally opt for requires a change in Paris. It is very simple and the journey takes about 15 minutes on the underground. One I have changed station and you are on the overnight SNCF you can settle down with a glass of wine and some cheese and relax, knowing that when you wake up in the morning you will be in the mountains.

Some people will say that it sounds awful, to me it is a much preferred option. When you have to get up to catch a plane at 4am I will still be a sleep on the train. When you arrive at your destination there is no passport control or luggage to wait for and unless you are really stupid there isn’t that worry about lost luggage.

The journey back is also great. The train departs the mountains at a reasonable 9am and will arrive back in London in time for you to get home, watch the strictly results, and get a good night’s sleep before work.

But ten hours on a train! What will I do? At least on the night train you can rest. I would say that after the skiing and the après, the train on the way home is my favourite time of the holiday. It is a great time to relax, you can enjoy the scenery, read a book, eat a nice lunch and have a good old chat with your mates.

Sure, the train takes a little longer, but not much. I personally find the train a lot less stressful and a great deal more relaxing. As they say, let the train take the strain.

Catching a plane

You have your received your ticket and are ready to go on your ski holiday. You have thought about all the exciting things such as your ski apparel, packing your swimsuit for the jacuzzi and booking the gold ski hire. What you have put off organising is how you will be getting to the airport. Well, it isn’t as exciting as dreaming about the food you are going to get fed in your chalet, is it? So we thought we might see if we can help, with a guide to getting to the airport.

Before you set off it is always worth checking the travel news in case there is some unavoidable incident that may affect you. Weather is often a likely culprit so watch out for heavy snowfall and keep an eye on any active volcanoes. This sort of thing will be flagged up on local or national news. It is very rare that you won’t be able to fly. If you have a feeling that your plane could be grounded then you can check on the carrier’s website or call them, the number should be on the ticket or e-ticket. A quick tip: if you are collecting someone from an airport after they have been selfish enough to holiday without you, you can check for delays on the airport website now, just go to the live arrivals page.


The impending deadline of a departing plane can cause a great deal of pre-holiday stress so avoid that feeing by planning ahead. If you are motoring to the airport check for traffic delays before you set off, that way you can avoid any jams and reduce the tension in the car. If you haven’t been to the airport before plan your route ahead of time. Make sure you have filled the car with fuel. Also, as you are heading off on a ski holiday it is likely to be cold when you set off, so make sure you have a way of de-icing the car.


It makes sense to pre book you’re parking, as it saves time and money. As we fly out of Manchester and Gatwick we recommend using these operators. Each parking company offers a different service. Some will park your car and have it ready for your arrival and others will require you to remember where you left it. I would like to say that no one in the world ever has remembered where they parked their car, without writing it down.


If you book far enough in advance you could get a great deal and save money on getting to the airport. The other good thing about the train is that if you are on an afternoon flight you could have a cheeky glass of wine to help the journey along. We fly from Manchester and Gatwick and the trains go into the hub of the airport, which means that you don’t need to drag your luggage a long way.