Eurostar opens the ski season…

Well, I have been making the most of a Swiss summer – swimming in the Rhein and enjoying all the outdoor activities – but preparations are beginning for the new winter sports season, and not just at Swiss Winter Sports.

Eurostar has also been busy preparing for the new season, and today announced that their popular ski services to the French and Swiss Alps is open for sale from 6.30am GMT on 6 August 2013.

Launched in 2012, Eurostar’s Swiss ski service transports skiers and snowboarders from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais region, with return fares starting from only £179.

This year, the route will run over five peak weeks during the 2013/2014 ski season including Christmas, New Year and February half term, and passengers can carry skis or snowboards all the way at no extra cost.

With an easy connection in Lille onto a high-speed TGV Lyria service, passengers arrive into Vallorbe, Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig stations, from where they can make easy connections to nearby ski resorts including Verbier, Zermatt and Saas Fee. Eurostar ticket holders benefit from exclusive, discounted onward travel to these resorts, simply by booking their ticket in advance through the Switzerland Travel Centre (STC) on 020 7420 4934.

A similar service also operates for the French Alpine resorts, with stops at Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice. A bus shuttle operates from the stations to resorts that include Les Arcs, Courchevel, Tignes, Val D’Isère and Meribel.

Tickets for the Swiss and French ski services are available from www.eurostar.com, by calling 08432 186 186, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.

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