Eurostar staff prepare for the slopes

Ski enthusiasts looking to travel to the slopes by rail can celebrate as Eurostar offers passengers more routes to the Alps than ever before.

The high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe is set to open sales for its popular direct ski service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps.

This year, there are two additional Eurostar options on offer for travel to the Alps.

With Eurostar’s new direct service from London to Lyon, travellers benefit from a seamless journey to the most connected capital in Europe, linking to some of the finest ski resorts.

For the first ski season ever, Brits can board the train at London St Pancras or Ashford International and speed across the French countryside to Lyon in just over four and a half hours on the new direct Eurostar service.

Renowned as the gateway to the French Alps, Lyon is extremely well connected linking some of Europe’s most coveted resorts including Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez and Chamrousse.

Eurostar passengers benefit from a generous luggage allowance offering each traveller two suitcases, one piece of hand luggage and skis or snowboard at no extra cost.

For those wishing to ski in the Swiss Alps, Eurostar’s connecting service to Geneva via Lille is another way to reach the heart of Switzerland and then onto popular resorts.

With an easy connection on to a “TGV Lyria” service in Lille Europe, passengers can travel from London to Geneva in just over six hours with services specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between the two trains.

At the same time, Eurostar’s ever popular day and night services direct to the French Alps offer easy access to top resorts including Courchevel, Meribel and Aime-la-Plagne – all within an hour from the station.

The 2015/2016 seasonal ski services will run weekly from December 19th until April 9th and skiers.

Tickets will go on sale on July 16th.