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- Overnight Train Travel from Paris to the slopes: A Scenic and Relaxing Journey to the Alps
You can leave Paris one evening and wake up at the doorstep of your resort the next day, saving you a whole day lost from travel. There's several options depending on your budget Seated Places: The Budget-Friendly Choice Starting from just €19 for a single journey, INTERCITÉS offers Seated Places. These seats are equipped with a footrest and an adjustable headrest to ensure your comfort. Plus, you'll have individual reading lights, making it easy to read or work without disturbing fellow passengers. It's the perfect option for those looking for a wallet-friendly travel experience. Bunks: The Ultimate Comfort at an Affordable Price For those seeking maximum comfort, INTERCITÉS provides another budget-friendly option. Choose between 1st and 2nd class bunks starting from only €29 for a single journey. There are 4 bunks in 1st class compartments and 6 bunks in 2nd There is a pillow and a duvet/sleeping bag with integrated sheet for each bed Space is optimised for luggage - space under bunks for luggage and ski bags above the door Section for Women Traveling Alone: Peace of Mind Guaranteed Compartment exclusively reserved for women traveling alone or with young children. Located close to the conductor, this compartment provides extra peace of mind. And the best part? It's a free service! Simply select 'Espace Dame Seule' when making your reservation and enjoy a worry-free journey. Private Area: Your Own Personal Haven With the Private Area service (Espace Privatif), you can reserve a whole compartment just for yourself. Prices start from €40, and this option is available in both first and second class. Enjoy the privacy and comfort you desire throughout your journey. Onboard services Free wifi Personalised wake up call Pre-order your meals online or visit the 2 toilets and a standalone sink per carriage No showers, but 1st class passengers can access showers in the Paris station with presentation of their ticket The Night Kit (provided) to travel well: water bottle earplugs tissues refreshing wipes eye mask Ski areas served (Follow the links for our area guides) Briancon - Serre Chevalier + Via Lattea Montdauphin Guillestre - La Forêt Blanche Embrun - Les Orres Gap - Plenty of connections to touring around the Ecrins These are all great areas that would otherwise require a fairly lengthy train from Lyon or Grenoble if you fly in, or a long coach in the case of Serre Chevalier. This is a far more efficient way of travelling and opens up new resorts for you to explore! The Positives of Overnight Train Travel Why choose an overnight train instead of a plane or car? There are several benefits to taking an overnight train: Save a day of travel No luggage restrictions: Unlike airplanes, overnight trains have more flexible luggage policies. You can bring as much luggage as you want and don't have to worry about size or weight restrictions. Scenic views: Train travel allows you to see the beautiful scenery of France. The overnight train from Paris to Briancon passes through stunning landscapes, giving you a chance to sit back and relax while taking in the views as you wake up. Environmentally friendly: Train travel is much more sustainable than flying or driving. Overnight trains also have lower carbon emissions than other modes of transportation, making them a better choice for eco-conscious travelers. Early arrival in resort - get everything sorted on your first day, squeeze in some more skiing or relax and take in the town. Departure and Arrival Times The overnight train from Paris to Briancon usually departs from Paris-Austerlitz station in the evening. The train leaves around 8:30 PM, giving you ample time to transfer from the Eurostar station, Gare du Nord, or a flight in the afternoon. Approximate arrival times - resort 06h53 - Gap 07h33 - Embrun 07h50 - Montdauphin Guillestre 08h20 - Briancon Want to find and book train tickets? Book on The Trainline up to 4 months in advance - The trainline integrates all European train providers into one app, so you can buy a full cross border journey in one purchase. It works out all the connections and transfer times. Want to learn more? Search: INTERCITÉS train Paris - Briançon
- Easiest Swiss ski resorts from Geneva Airport
6 best swiss ski resorts near Geneva Want to fly into Geneva and ski in Switzerland? These are your best bets for a ski holiday with simple transfers, and the list is full of bucket list resorts. There are 6 areas with over 100km of slopes in the cantons of Vaud & Valais, meaning there's enough slope for at least a week. Save the planet + Extortionate private transfer fees Take a train direct from the airport, with 1 or 2 changes you'll be at the doorstep. Leave the long and expensive taxi's behind. If that's not your style, we've also added the transfer times by car. What are the timings? Between 2.5hr to Verbier - 4hrs to Zermatt via train Swiss train tickets are released 60 days in advance, you're looking at aprox. £60 - £80 return to get to any of these. Buy as early as possible for cheapest prices and most availability. What are the Ski Areas? 4 Vallées (400 km) Connected area 6 day pass: 366 Euro 4 Vallees pass is the best value ski pass per Km in the whole of Switzerland This ski area is a combination of 5 different resorts, connected across (you guessed it) 4 valleys. Due to the spread of locations, there's different options depending on your choice of resort. Verbier ( The most famous choice, a Freeride mecca) By Car: 1 hour and 50 minutes Public Transport: Take a train from Geneva Airport to Martigny, then transfer to a regional train to Le Châble. From Le Châble, you can take a cable car or shuttle bus up to Verbier. Le Châble - Verbier cable car will be considered as public transport. This means that the cable cars will run from 5.15 am until 11.50 pm from Monday to Sunday, and as well as that, you can use your Half Fare and GA travelcards on this route. There's also buses that do this route. **Alpybus** do shared transfers to Verbier from 54.50 CHF if you'd prefer a drive The journey takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. La Tzoumaz Train from Genevea to Riddes Take the cable car from Riddes up to Isérables, with its panoramic view it will transport you in a record time of 6 minutes. From there, CarPostal buses will allow you to reach La Tzoumaz. Nendaz, Veysonnaz & Thyon can be reached by taking the train to Sion. Geneva to Sion is around 2 hours direct. There are daily bus connections between Sion railway station and the resorts. Crans Montana (140km) 6 day pass: 465 euro Connect ski area By Car: The driving time is approximately 2 hours. Public Transport: Get a train to Sierre (or Sion) then the Funicular railway up to Montana Ski buses when you get there to get around the town The total journey time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Villars - Gryon // Les Diablerets - Glacier 3000 (232 km) Multi-area collection 6 day pass: 348 Euro Les Diablerets - Glacier 3000 By Car: The driving time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Public Transport: Take a train from Geneva Airport to Aigle, then transfer to a regional train to Les Diablerets. From Les Diablerets, you can take a bus or taxi to reach the Glacier 3000 ski area. The total journey time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Villars - Gryon By Car: 1 h 15 min. from Geneva Public Transport: Take a train from Geneva Airport to Aigle, then transfer to a regional bus (144) to take you up to the resort. The total time is aprox. 2hrs Saas Valley (150km) Multi-area collection 6 day pass: 404 Euro By Car: The driving time is approximately 3 hours. Arrival by public transport From the airport you get a train to Visp (2.5 hrs) From Visp, you can take the PostBus (Bus 511 - direction Saas-Fee) every half hour directly to Saas-Fee/Saas Valley. Aprox. 3 to 4 hours Zermatt - Cervinia (360km) Connected area 6 day pass: 458 Euro Geneva to Zermatt - aprox 3.5 to 4 hours From the airport change to mountain railway in Visp (2.5 hrs) to get to Zermatt (1 hr) Val d' Anniviers (200km) Multi-area collection 6 day pass: 299 Euro By Car: The driving time is approximately 2 hours. By Train: Geneva to Sierre (2.25 hrs) Bus to Grimentz (1hr) ***We know - Champéry (Les Portes du Soleil) is also in Switzerland, and on the same train line ( but the majority of the skiing in France so we've kept it off the list. 2 hr 23 min with a train all the way to the resort, change at Aigle Of course, depending on your preference, you can narrow it down by area size and ski pass price - the range of value per km is quite substantial! Check out how they compare with our pass price comparison tool: Open Me
- Espace Diamant: Traditional, relaxed, charm in Savoie
All the planning info you need to book a ski holiday in the Espace Diamant. Between the Beaufortain and Val d'Arly, Savoie and Haute-Savoie ranges the Espace Diamant Ski Area connects 6 charming village resorts on skis: Les Saisies , Hauteluce , Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Crest-Voland/Cohennoz , Praz sur Arly and Flumet. These are right next to the much more famous (and much more expensive) Megève in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. With 192km connected across all 6 villages, it's a substantial size that will be more than enough for a week, especially for Intermediate and beginner skiers. Advanced skiers who like to take it easy will also enjoy this laid back area, and its close connection to the Evasion Mont Blanc Megève to expand their ski area if the itch for more km hits. Safest to choose any of these resorts as an option during peak season, due to the skiing being below 2000m. Budget on accommodation and food will go further than on the Evasion Mont Blanc Megeve. 🏧🎫Passes Espace Diamant is the biggest total area connecting all resorts, with an amazingly well priced 6 day pass @ 236 Euro for 6 days. That's 1.23 Euro/km - well below the 1.64/km European average Smaller sub sections can be purchased for the less enthusiastic or skilled (eg. Val d'Arcy, Les Sasises sub areas) that will save even more money. Beginners can take advantage of the points system, and only pay what they ski. ❓Resort Choices Notre dame de bellecombe or Crest Voland are the best choices for ski connections across the entire area. Stay in Les Saises if you're with non-skiers who love nordic, there's tonnes of tracks Stay Praz-sur-Arly if you want a short trip to check out Megeve's slopes too None of these really supply hectic apres ski, but a simpler, more chill option. Want more detail? As always our #1 recommendation is to check out the Piste Map when picking your accommodation location! 🚋Access: Train to Albertville DONT head to Sallanches like you would for Megeve. Trains direct from Paris, Nantes and Strasbourg if you're travelling over land. average. 3.5hrs from Lyon // 3.5hrs from Gevena // 2hr Grenoble // 45min Chambery Easiest from Lyon or Geneva airports because of their train station connections; Lyon - shuttle tram to Lyon central. Geneva airport to Geneva Cornavin train Also possible from Chambery and Grenoble. Chambery - 25 euro/ 10min taxi from airport to train station, taxi to be ordered in advance on arrival. Can also get a coach from train station to Albertville Grenoble - 45min coach to connect airport and train station Albertville to Espace Diamant Shuttle to the resorts - book on Altibus Lines 22, 23 or 24 from Alberville, depending on your final destination. aprox 30 min to Flumet aprox 1.25hrs to Les Saises Otherwise there's always Private transfers or car hire Due to the low altitude the drive is less likely to be impacted by severe weather conditions How does the ski pass price compare? Use our price comparison tool ⚠️Want to get the most out of your next ski holiday - follow for more inspiration, deals, itineraries etc. Check out the site, for planning tools like the Ski pass price comparison, example itineries, resort highlights, ski area size guides, transfers. etc.
- Ski Touring Adventure Retreat
Ski Touring Adventure Retreat France Chamonix Enquire now Advanced 7 Days Accommodation, Guide / Instructor, Meals, Ski Pass, Equipment Rental, Safety Equipment, Flights 1300 GBP Dates Start Dates 24/01/24 Overview Indulge in an unparalleled skiing adventure and rejuvenating getaway through Summit, Sea & Serenity. Embark on a captivating 6-day skiing and ski-touring escapade amidst the breathtaking Chamonix mountains, staying in the cozy confines of the Yeti Lodge Mont Blanc Apartment. Whether you're a seasoned skier or an intermediate enthusiast ready to delve into winter sports, we cater to all skill levels. Each day presents the opportunity to refine your abilities under the guidance of expert instructors, venturing off-piste for an exclusive skiing experience away from the bustling crowds. All activities remain optional, and additional options will be introduced at the start of the week, allowing you the flexibility to explore alternative interests. Our adept guides will select the optimal skiing spots, considering prevailing weather conditions and snow quality for an optimal skiing experience. For added relaxation, unwind with sports massage sessions available daily at the apartment, with the option to secure your preferred times in advance. Included Accommodation Breakfast and Dinner at the appartment x 4 All guiding Ski pass Touring gear 1 sports massage Yoga and meditation sessions Must arrange yourself: Flights - Geneva is easiest Transfers - Check out the chamonix page for options (Log in to see details) Itinerary Wednesday 24th January Arrive to the Yeti Lodge Chalet , where you will be staying in the wonderful Mont Blanc Apartments. Yoga to relax and wind down at 18.00. Dinner will be prepared for you in the apartment. Thursday 25th January 07.00 20 minute yoga and stretch 07.45 Breakfast 09.00 Meet with our ski instructor 12.30 Lunch Free afternoon to ski / explore 17.30 Après or Yoga 19.00 Group dinner in the apartment Friday 26th January 07.00 20 minute yoga and stretch 07.45 Breakfast 08.45 Meet with our ski instructor 12.30 Lunch Free afternoon to ski / explore 17.30 Après circle with Sarah 19.00 Spa evening at QC Therme in Chamonix, or pizza delivery to the apartment Saturday 27th January 07.00 20 minute Yoga and stretch 07.45 Breakfast 08.45 Meet with our ski instructor Free afternoon to ski / explore 17.30 Yoga 19.00 Leave for dinner in town Sunday 28th January 07.00 20 minute yoga and stretch 07.45 Breakfast 08.45 Meet with our ski instructor 12.30 Lunch 17.30 Après Circle 19.00 Group dinner in the Apartment Monday 29th January 7.00 20 minute yoga and stretch 7.45 Breakfast 08.30 Meet with our Guide. Ski destination to be agreed, however, we may aim to ski the Vallee Blanche. We will take a packed lunch. 17.30 Yoga and meditation 19.00 Group dinner in the Apartment Tuesday 30th January 07.00 20 minute yoga and Stretch 07.45 Breakfast 08.30 Meet with Guide Ski destination to be agreed depending on conditions but we will aim to do a ski tour day in the high mountains. 19.00 Dinner in Chamonix town. Wednesday 31st January 08.00 Breakfast Checkout/Return transfer to airport. Getting there Transfers - Check out the chamonix page for options (Log in to see details) Shared transfers and Trains available Easily book your domestic and international train travel with The trainline, integrating all services into one app. Trip Dates 24/01/24 Book or Request more details now Get a quick response from the trip operator Send An error occurred. Try again later Your content has been submitted Even if you're going to search for this tour online elsewhere, please drop an enquiry through this page if this is where you found it. We only make money from commissions if we can trace a booking back to our site. Please help snowclans maintain this database for other solos. Remember to check your junk folder for replies Summit, Sea & Serenity
- Ski holidays in Vail
Vail USA North America Heart Classics Memoirs Historical Fiction Novels Mysteries Comedy Km piste Min Height (m) Max Height (m) 234 2457 3433 Sub Area Multi-Area Collection No No Description Vail: Vail is a world-renowned ski resort located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the United States. With its vast terrain, stunning alpine scenery, and top-notch amenities, Vail has earned a reputation as one of the premier ski destinations in North America. Vail is a purpose-built ski resort that was established in the 1960s. It was designed to offer a luxurious and comprehensive skiing experience, and it has since become synonymous with high-end ski vacations. The resort features a charming pedestrian village with a wide array of shops, restaurants, and accommodations, offering a seamless blend of modern amenities and alpine charm. One of the key advantages of Vail is its extensive ski area, which spans over 5,300 acres. The resort boasts a diverse range of terrain suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from gentle beginner slopes to challenging expert runs. Vail is particularly renowned for its back bowls, which provide exhilarating off-piste skiing opportunities for advanced skiers. The ski area is well-connected with a comprehensive lift system, ensuring convenient access to the slopes from various points within the resort. Vail offers a vibrant apres ski scene that caters to a wide range of tastes. The village is home to numerous bars, lounges, and restaurants where visitors can relax and socialize after a day on the mountain. Whether you prefer sipping cocktails in a cozy lounge, enjoying live music in a lively bar, or indulging in a gourmet meal at a fine dining establishment, Vail has something to offer for everyone. While Vail does not have a ski-in/ski-out town center, it is possible to ski back to some accommodations located at the base of the mountain. Additionally, the resort operates a complimentary shuttle service that transports visitors between different areas of the village and the slopes. Vail is a fantastic destination for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Its extensive terrain caters to beginners, intermediates, and experts alike, ensuring that everyone can find suitable slopes to enjoy. The resort's emphasis on luxury and high-end amenities makes it particularly attractive to those seeking a sophisticated ski vacation experience. Whether you're a family looking for a memorable winter getaway or an avid skier seeking challenging slopes, Vail offers a remarkable blend of world-class skiing, picturesque surroundings, and upscale accommodations. Related Areas Pass prices Piste Map Transfer details (Airports, trains, shared options) Resort information Local tips Accommodation recommendations VIEW ALL piste map Ski Pass 6 day pass Euro / km Pass Access travel Closest Airports Transfers Direct Train Train + Bus Option Direct coach No No No Train Connections The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below) This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel. On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel Book with Coach Connections Accommodation options Search using your prefered online travel providers, shop around for the best deal. Ski Hire
- Ski holidays in Megève (Evasion Mont Blanc)
Megève (Evasion Mont Blanc) France Europe Heart Classics Memoirs Historical Fiction Novels Mysteries Comedy Megève Saint-Gervais St Nicolas De Veroce Les Contamines Montjoie La Giettaz Demi-Quarter Km piste Min Height (m) Max Height (m) 400 850 2353 Sub Area Multi-Area Collection No No Description Evasion Mont Blanc is a renowned ski area located in the French Alps, encompassing several interconnected resorts, including Megève, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Combloux, and Les Contamines. With over 445 kilometers of slopes, it offers a diverse and extensive terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Megève, one of the key resorts within Evasion Mont Blanc, has a rich history as a traditional village turned luxury ski resort. It was originally developed in the 1920s as a French alternative to Switzerland's St. Moritz, and its charming alpine architecture and picturesque town center still reflect its heritage. Megève offers direct access to the ski area, allowing skiers to easily explore the vast network of slopes. It is also possible to ski back to the town, adding to its convenience. However, despite its famous reputation, it's prudent to not forget that it sits at a low altitude with the peaks only rising to an average of 2000m and the town at 1100m, regardless of snow making fascilities this means in warmer springs and low snow seasons the quality and coverage is easily compromised. The après-ski scene in Megève is vibrant and sophisticated, with numerous upscale restaurants, bars, and boutiques catering to visitors. The resort offers a variety of après-ski activities, including ice skating, spa facilities, and cultural events, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy off the slopes. Megève's reputation for luxury and refinement attracts a discerning clientele seeking a blend of excellent skiing and elegant après-ski experiences. In terms of suitability for different types of skiers, Evasion Mont Blanc offers a wide range of slopes catering to beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers. Megève itself is well-suited for intermediate skiers, with a good selection of blue and red runs. With the low altitude it's a haven for those that love the atmosphere of treeline sking. The only part of the 445km that isnt directly connected by lift or in-resort travel is the Les Contamines Montjoie - it can be access by a short ski bus from St Nicolas de veroce. Les Contamines Montjoie is a substantial enough area to visit in its own right with 120km, check out the details in the link at the bottom of the page. For off-piste enthusiasts, it offers exciting opportunities to explore untouched powder and backcountry skiing. There's several other "Back door" resorts to stay instead of Megeve and ski the Massif St. Nicolas de Veroce is a charming ski resort nestled in a perpendicular valley. With its intimate and relaxed ambience, this small village offers a cozy Alpine experience. St. Gervais Mont-Blanc is a slightly larger and lively ski resort connected to the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. Offering a mix of traditional charm and modern amenities, it caters to diverse range of skiers and snowboarders who are unfussed by the luxury of Megeve. Combloux sits just outside Megeve, with free 15min shuttles between the 2, it has direct access to the ski area and its own much more subdued, traditional village ambience. Ski bus or lift take you up to a beginners area at the foot of the mountain Related Areas Pass prices Piste Map Transfer details (Airports, trains, shared options) Resort information Local tips Accommodation recommendations VIEW ALL piste map Ski Pass 6 day pass Euro / km 278 0.69 Evasion Mont Blanc covers all areas, but there are sub-sectors to buy passes for: Le Evasion Mont-Blanc package which includes all the resorts: Combloux, Megève (Rochebrune, Cote 2000, Mont d'Arbois, Princesse, Jaillet), Cordon, Les Contamines-Montjoies, La Giettaz, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. Le Unlimited package which gives access to the Chamonix ski area (Brévent-Flégère, Grands Montets, Balme – Le Tour – Vallorcine), the Évasion Mont-Blanc ski area and the Portes du Mont-Blanc ski area Le Portes du Mont-Blanc pass which include the resorts of Combloux, La Giettaz, Le Jaillet and Cordon (not linked by skis) Pass Access travel Closest Airports Chambery Grenoble Lyon Geneva Transfers Direct Train Train + Bus Option Direct coach No Yes Yes Train Connections St-Gervais-les-Bains Sallanches Sallanches Chambery - 2.5hrs (1 change) Grenoble - 3.5hrs (1 change) Saint Gervais & Les Contamines Montjoie connections Y84 line - 30min to St Gervais 1hr to Les contamines The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below) This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel. On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel Book with Coach Connections Buses from Geneva airport to S allanches BlaBlaCar bus 1hr £4.50 Flixbus 1hr 30 £18 Connect to Altibus route Accommodation options Search using your prefered online travel providers, shop around for the best deal. Ski Hire