Plane, train or automobile, Europe’s favourite skiing resorts have never been more accessible for Brits, thanks to a selection of new flights from regional airports launched this season and an ever-improving pan-Europe rail network. So whether you off on a solo mission or planning an amazing group skiing session see just how well you can travel around.
Flying to the French Alps, which are enjoying exceptional snow conditions this year, is now a relatively simple journey for residents in most parts of the UK. Skiers, as well as owners of ski property, welcomed in December new routes to Grenoble from Leeds Bradford and Manchester by Monarch and Jet.com, the latter also having improved its service from East Midlands. Ryanair has also launched a twice-weekly service to Grenoble from London Stansted. Grenoble already receives flights from London Gatwick, operated by British Airways, easyJet and Thomas Cook.
Other new routes include a Flybe service to Chambéry from East Midlands, a Blue Islands service also to Chambéry from Jersey in the Channel Islands and a thrice-weekly easyjet service to Geneva from London Southend Airport.
Betters air access has been welcomed both by tourism operators and property companies in French ski resorts, as it is expected to help boost interest in ski chalets for sale, which currently are regarded as being good value for money following the property downturn of recent years.
Meanwhile, skiers and owners of Alpine homes who prefer a more leisurely journey to the slopes can opt for the Eurostar. Passengers can hop on Eurostar’s ski train at St Pancras in London or Ashford and be whisked overnight on a Friday or during the day on a Saturday direct to the stations of Moûtiers, which is especially convenient for resorts in Les Trois Vallées ski area, or Bourg-St-Maurice, ideal for reaching resorts in the Paradiski and Espace Killy ski areas. Or, those that don’t mind a slightly longer transfer could travel to Lyon on Eurostar’s new “La Route de Soleil” service, which travels to the south-eastern French city from London, and on to Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.
On the other side of the country, taking the train to the Pyrenees, home to the ski playground of Andorra and a selection of cosy French and Spanish resorts, also got easier recently with the extension of the high-speed rail service that now connects Barcelona, Girona and Figueres, located in the north-east corner of Spain and close to Pyrenean resorts, with France and London.
There’s a great vibe about this improved access to Europe’s ski resorts in the UK’s skiing circle. After all, it’s getting easier for last minute weekend breaks to the slopes, and perhaps tempting those with some spare cash in the bank to start looking at ski property for sale in France and other Alpine destinations.