Posted on 11 December 2012
The first high-speed ski train of the 2012-13 season pulls out of London’s St Pancras for the French Alps on 21st December, offering British skiers and ski property owners an alternative way to reach a host of exciting ski resorts.
The increasingly popular rail service, which arrives in the town of Bourg-St-Maurice and runs until 13th April, takes around 10 hours, meaning skiers on the overnight train can leave London in the evening and be on the slopes for breakfast the next morning.
Bourg St Maurice is at the heart of the Tarentaise Valley, making it a gateway to a number of top French ski resorts including Tignes, Val d’Isère, La Rosière, Vallandry and La Plagne, which are served by coach transfers. Meanwhile, a six-minute funicular railway links Bourg St Maurice with the resort of Les Arcs and the 420 kilometres of pistes that make up the Paradiski skiing area. In summer the town is a popular centre for walking.
Sainte Foy en Tarantaise is another picture postcard resort within a 30-minute drive of Bourg St Maurice, as well as being just an hour from Chambéry airport, with Geneva and Lyon two or more hours away, so offering excellent all-round access. In world famous Tignes, also close to Bourg St Maurice, skiiingproperty.com has apartments available in the developing Les Boisses area of the resort, details of which can be seen here.