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Summary of the major resorts (same as the ones in the links page). For example:

Below are a few pointers when choosing a resort from those easily accessed by train.
They are all major resorts so unless stated, will have skiing and boarding for all ability
levels and a good choice of ski schools.

Courchevel (3 Valleys)

Courchevel is generally considered the most chic and the most expensive resort in
France. It also happens to have outstanding skiing. There are four quite separate
villages at different altitudes. 1850 is the highest and where it gets its expensive
reputation, so if you can’t afford 1850, then 1650, 1550 and 1300 (Le Praz) gives you
the same skiing for lower bar prices. Very French.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 35
mins to 1850. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort
10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of speil)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Meribel (3 Valleys)

Meribel is in the middle valley, sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens,
hence excellent access to the other resorts. It is split in two between the village
(1400) & Mottaret (1800). With a predominance of chalets, it also has plenty of old
world charm, with few high rise blocks. Popular with the Brits.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 20
mins to Meribel. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort
10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of speil)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)


Val Thorens (3 Valleys)

The Val Thorens glacier offers the highest skiing in Europe so good snow is the
norm. Little bit further from Moutiers as it’s so high. Architecturally a sad sight, but
lots to do after a days skiing.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 40
mins to Val Thorens. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive
resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of speil)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)
Les Arcs (Paradiski)

A number of different levels and lower villages accessible like x. Main resort at 1800.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice . Vernicular (tube train) goes to 1800 (£5
return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 15 mins on vernicular. Leave St Pancras
Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves
Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

La Plagne (Paradiski)

A resort on six different levels from 1800 to 2100, plus some lower villages. Main
resort at 2000.

Getting there: Train to Aime La Plagne, then Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25
each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am.
Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Chamonix (Mont Blanc)

Famous for its challenging skiing (not really a resort for beginners). Very traditional
and therefore more picturesque than many of the purpose-built French resorts, but
this means it’s a bit spread out. Car-free, but a free bus runs between the various
lifts.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les
Bains. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am.
Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Megève (Mont Blanc)

Megève vies with Courchevel 1850 for the title of France's smartest resort. Three
main ski areas, and welcomes ‘families and intermediates’; more serious skiers should
head to nearby Chamonix. It has Alpine ambience, superlative designer hotels,
Michelin-rated restaurants, and sophisticated nightlife. Much loved by Parisians,
apparently.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Saint Gervais Les Bains via Annecy. Leave
St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train
leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Argentière (Mont Blanc)

Beautiful glacial scenery and rugged off-piste beneath the soaring peaks of the Mont
Blanc massif. This is the starting point for the famous Vallée Blanche, a 15 mile
descent past crevasses & house-sized ice boulders. For serious skiers only.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les
Bains. Taxi from Chamonix (£30 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm
overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort
by 6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Val d'Isère (Espace Killy)

Another chic French resort with excellent skiing for all levels, though it is also known
for its excellent off-piste potential. Good snow record gives a long season. Two main
areas, but lots of access points so doesn’t appear busy. Links with Tignes. Popular
with British.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or
Altibus (70 minutes / £15 ecah way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight
Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by
6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Tignes (Espace Killy)

Good snow record with offer of summer skiing on glacier. Four main areas, all
purpose-built so not a lot of Alpine charm. Links with Val d’Isere. Popular with the
French.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or
Altibus (70 minutes / £15 ecah way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight
Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by
6.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)
Switzerland

Zermatt

Historic climbing town with lashings of Alpine charm and good restaurants. Recently
benefited from investment in the lifts and offers skiing for all levels. popular with a
celebs. Links with Cervinia in Italy.

Getting there: Train to Bern via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then a new
link via Visp (90 minutes from Visp on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime
train Saturday 8am, in Bern by 6.30pm and resort by 8.30pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

St Moritz

Home of British Alpine skiing and the Cresta run, it’s long on tradition for the rich
and well connected. Lots of winter activities as well as skiing. Split into two (one
lakeside, one mountain side). Popular with the wealthy.

Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via
Chur to St Moritz (3.5 hours / 4 hours on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime
train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Davos

Another claim for the oldest skiing resort. Plenty of skiing, shopping and tradition for
all standards. Split into two, one part has better access to slopes, one to the shops.
Popular with the wealthy and heads of state (World Economic Forum). Linked to
Klosters.

Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via
Landquart to Davos (2.5 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in
Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Klosters

The smaller sister resort to Davos, it retains more of the alpine village feel and still
cites farming as one of its main sources of income. Some tough runs mixed with
some easy ones. Resort has two main areas, with Klosters Platz the main one round
the train station. Popular with heirs to the throne.
Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via
Landquart to Klosters (2 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in
Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Wengen

Car-free resort hosts the famous Downhill Only Club, one of the earliest British skiing
clubs and the Lauberhorn mens downhill course. Good for beginners (except
children) and challenging off-piste, but intermediates might struggle. Extremely
picturesque with the Eiger as a backdrop. Popular with old-school British. Linked
with Grindlewald.

Getting there: Train to Interlaken via Zurich and Paris (30 min Metro to Gard
Lyon), then via Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (45 mins from Interlaken). Leave St
Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)
Austria

St Anton

One of Europe’s great ski resorts due to its challenging slopes and vibrant nightlife.
Not a resort for beginners. Two sides of the valley are skiable, with Rendl the easier.
Linked with Lech. Popular with party goers.

Getting there: Train to St Anton (am Arlberg) via Munich and Paris (10 min walk to
Gard l’Est). Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, leaves Paris 11pm
and arrives Munich 9am Saturday 7am. Two hours via train to St Anton, so in resort
by 12am. Daytime option:

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Zell am See

Very pretty, traditional lake-side resort that has both summer and winter skiing on
Austria’s highest mountain. Mainly intermediate level. Lively après ski means it’s
popular with young Germans.

Getting there: Overnight: Train to Zell am Zee via Brussels. Overnight option: leave
St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives
Zell am Zee 11.30 Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Saltzberg.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

Kitzbühel

Arguably the most picturesque Austrain resort, it is also hosts the Hahnenkamm, the
most famous downhill course in racing. The skiing is mixed ability, however. The
après-ski scene is also lively. Popular with the party set.

Getting there: Overnight: Train to Kitzbühel via Brussels. Overnight option: leave St
Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives Zell
am Zee 11am Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Saltzberg.

Staying there: (links to travel companies with a bit of spiel)

Other things – ski hire, childcare (again links)

				
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