Eurostar enjoys bumper ski season

14 Feb 2007

--Traveller bookings up 43%--Travellers looking for greener travel option to the slopes--Fares start from just £179 return
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service linking the UK with France and Belgium, is enjoying a bumper ski season as increasing numbers of travellers use high-speed rail to reach the French Alps.
Tickets for the twice weekly direct ski services went on sale in July 2006 and since then more than 33,000 skiers have booked to travel. This is an increase of 43% against the same point in the 2005-2006 season.
Eurostar's hugely popular ski services direct to the heart of French Alps offer access to a variety of top ski resorts such as Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isere, allowing skiers of every level to visit destinations tailored to their needs.
Eurostar's stations are located high in the Alps, meaning a short bus ride to the resorts, and avoiding the lengthy coach transfers experienced when flying.
Eurostar believes that growing concern over the environmental impact of flying is a key factor in why more skiers are choosing the train over the plane for travel to the Alps. Detailed independent research commissioned by Eurostar has shown that a passenger travelling on a return Eurostar journey from London to the French Alps generates 24 kilograms of CO2. In comparison a passenger on a typical London Heathrow-Geneva return flight generates 191 kilograms of CO2, while a typical round trip between Gatwick and Geneva generates 169 kilograms of CO2 per passenger.
Simon Montague, Eurostar Director of Communications, said: "Skiers are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of flying and its contribution to climate change. We are delighted that so many more travellers are using Eurostar to reach the French Alps. The train is a spectacular way to travel and it means skiers can relax and worry less about the environmental impact of their journeys."
Eurostar believes that the increasing hassle and disruption at airports is another reason why more skiers are switching from plane to train.
Eurostar provides two direct ski trains a week. Travellers can take the overnight service departing on Friday night arriving early Saturday morning and gain an extra two days on the slopes. Alternatively, the scenic day service leaves London Waterloo on Saturday morning and arrives in the French Alps early evening.
Standard class returns start from £179, or skiers can indulge themselves travelling in Leisure Select from £269, benefiting from roomier accommodation and meals and drinks served at seat. The service runs until 14th April 2007.
For more information about the ski train or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar's London terminal will switch from Waterloo International to St. Pancras International. Journey times will reduce, with London-Paris down to 2h 15m, London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille in just 1h20m. Eurostar will also launch services from its new station Ebbsfleet International just off junction 2 of the M25, close to Bluewater shopping centre and near Dartford in north Kent.
3. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris/Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk