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BY TRAIN TO THE ALPS - Katie Bamber, Les 3 Vallees
Wednesday March 29, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

An 8am Eurostar for a 5pm arrival in Reberty, Les Menuires in Les3Vallees; a more enjoyable way of travelling to the mountains.

There are four legs to the journey.

A swift Eurostar train of 2 hours and 20 minutes to Paris followed by a metro from Gare du Nord to Gare du Lyon - two stops on the RER D.

Then a SNCF high speed TGV train to Chambery through the French countryside and it ends with a transfer of a little over an hour up the mountain.

An excellent way to get to the mountains!

St Pancras InternationalSt Pancras International
















Gare du NordGare du Nord
















The Paris station cross-over could be the only bother if you have heavy bags or skis, which tends to happen on the train with no baggage limits.

A blessing and a curse!

Otherwise enjoying the views to Chambery on the 3-hour, third leg is far more restful than flight pressure.

Out of 20° Chambery with snow aheadOut of 20°C Chambery with snow ahead















The journey up the mountains in a transfer minibus always builds excitement and is a good opportunity to orientate yourself between the well known resorts in the Alps, especially without flight fatigue.

Behind the rock backing up Moûtiers, what used to be called Tarentaise, is Val d'Isere.

















Swinging round to look up the road to the snowy peaks hiding behind trees was La Tania and Courchevel 1650 and round the pass, winding up the mountain up the D117 through Saint Martin de Belleville towards Les Menuires and Val Thorens skiing.

Ahead towards Courchevel, round the pass and up to Les MenuiresLooking ahead towards Courchevel, round the pass and up to Les Menuires
















Les MenuiresThrough Les Menuires
















To my home for the week; Powder N Shine's Chalet Chamois with spectacular views of the slopes and Val Thorens.

Snow covered Reberty, with Val Thorens behindSnow covered Reberty, with Val Thorens behind
















The journey was hands down the most stress-free way I've travelled for skiing.

A crack of dawn flight rarely allows for an afternoon ski and this way you aren't aching and exhausted from time wasted at airports.

Eurostar stations are easier access for most than airports, cheaper to reach and require a short check-in time.

A big bonus is that there is no limit to how much luggage you can bring so you don't get stung for bringing your own skis, boots or an actual suitcase, as with budget airlines.

Eurostar tickets are available to book six months prior to travelling, and well worth getting early.

TGV trains are available 90 days before departing.

See the Voyages SNCF website here for details, prices, timetables and booking.

The through fare from London to Chambery starts at £62 for a single and £110 return.

The seats are comfortable and trains spacious - more so than UK trains.

No stiffness from being crammed in a can for over an hour!

Upgrade to Premier Business tickets with even more space and you're looking at £129 start for a single and £228 for a return, and it includes breakfast.

It's definitely the way to travel - especially considering that from Chambery a huge amount of popular, glamorous, notorious, small & quiet and family friendly resorts are very easily accessible.

All in all a comfortable and relaxing way to start a holiday and it's how I'll be doing it in the future to reach Les3Vallees and other resorts near by.

And it gets even easier...


Eurostar trains are available direct from Chambery to the UK on Saturdays for changeover day:

Transfer with Skiidy Gonzales from resort to Chambery or vice versa - check out the Mexican hat-wearing transfer company here for seamless transport - with a single train ride.

- England to valley with no change over or cross-city dash when travelling on weekends.


With recent snow, there's still time to get to the mountains this season. See here for PlanetSKI's report on Easter skiing in Reberty.

Check out bespoke chalet company Powder N Shine, which has expanded its number of chalets this season in the small vilage just above Les Menuires with Les3Vallees to ski.

And see below for an earlier PlanetSKI video as our editor, James Cove, took the train to the Swiss Alps a few years back.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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