Eurostar introduces extra direct ski services to the French Alps during February half term

4 Oct 2004
  • Sunday 13 February to Sunday 20 February 2005
  • Sales open 13 October 2004
  • Fares from just £179 return

In July 2004, sales opened for Eurostar's extremely popular direct ski services to the French Alps but in days, both the day and the night services for the school half-term holiday period had sold out. Eurostar has managed to secure additional pathways on the busy French rail network to operate an extra day service from London/Ashford on Sunday 13 February to the Alps returning on Sunday 20 February 2005.

Eurostar's direct ski service is so easy and pleasurable that repeat travel is extremely high. Past years have shown that the ski holiday begins on arrival at one of the UK terminals, families and groups start to unwind, socialise and enjoy the excitement of the build-up to their arrival at the resorts. Eurostar serves Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, high in the French Alps, so shuttle bus transfer from the stations to the resorts is quick and simple. These famous resorts include Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs.

There are two Eurostar direct services weekly. The night service leaves London/Ashford on Friday evening and arrives in the French Alps early on Saturday morning while the day service leaves early Saturday morning from London/Ashford and arrives late afternoon.

The night service offers the benefit of an additional two days on the piste while, on the day service, passengers can enjoy scenic views as the countryside changes in spectacular fashion en route to the Alps.

However, for the 2004/5 season with Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling at the weekend, the first three day/night services will operate on the Sunday/Monday rather than the Friday/Saturday. Therefore, the first direct night service will launch on Sunday 19 December with the night service returning on Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day). The first direct day service launches on Monday 20 December and returns on Monday 27 December.

Apart from the direct services there many other ways of travelling by rail to French resorts such as travelling by Eurostar then connecting with TGV and other domestic services via Lille, Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. Passengers can therefore, enjoy fast and frequent Eurostar and TGV services on days and times that suit them. Return journeys in to the French ski stations start from just £99 return in standard class.