Ski rail price comparison opens

12th October 2016, by Abi Butcher

A new online resource showing indirect rail journeys to ski resorts opens Thursday. Pic: Daniel Elkan

A new online resource showing indirect rail journeys to ski resorts opens Thursday. Pic: Daniel Elkan

Skiers can now compare train prices at a glance with a new price-checker resource on rail-ski website Snowcarbon.

The price-checking tool, which goes live tomorrow (Thursday 13 October), will allow skiers to check journeys for travel dates throughout the season and see at a glance which tickets are on sale and how much they cost. It will also show skiers the options for indirect journeys that they may previously have been unaware of.

Snowcarbon is an independent website dedicated to train travel, founded in 2009 by Daniel Elkan. The new resource will not only include available routes but also prices for each journey as well as departure and arrival times at each train station on each particular route.

“Giving skiers a clear picture of their journey options is a vital part of helping them out of planes and cars and onto trains,” said Daniel Elkan. “There are many indirect journeys that skiers aren’t even aware of, to resorts that they didn’t realise they can reach so easily by train.”

Live rail prices for journeys from London to 14 train stations in the Alps will be included on the new resource, serving over 50 ski resorts (see full list below) in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy using the following types of journeys:
·      Eurostar Ski Train – daytime to the Tarentaise region of France
·      Eurostar Ski Train – overnight to the Tarentaise region of France
·      Eurostar + TGV – to resorts in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy
·      Eurostar via Lyon – to resorts in France
·      Eurostar + sleeper train from Paris – to several resorts in France and Italy

Skiers using Snowcarbon to find rail travel can go on to book tickets with (the site clicks through) which offers rail tickets at the same price as the providers. Sales open Thursday 13 October 2016 at 5am for travel from 11 December 2016 to 2 February 2017. The second ticket-booking window opens on Friday 4 November for travel from 3 February to 5 March 2017.

For more information visit (please note this link will only work on Thursday morning!)

Ski resorts that skiers can reach with these journeys include: 

France:  Alpe d’Huez, Avoriaz, Brides les Bains, Courchevel, Flaine, La Clusaz, La Plagne, La Rosiere, La Tania, Le Grand Bornand, Les Arcs, Les Carroz, Les Contamines, Les Deux Alpes, Les Gets, Les Menuires, Megeve, Meribel, Montgenevre, Morillon, Morzine, Peisey-Vallandry, Sainte Foy, Samoens, Saint Gervais, St Martin de Belleville, Serre Chevalier, Tignes, Val Cenis, Val d’Isere, Val Thorens, Valmorel;
Switzerland:   Crans-Montana, Davos, Diablarets, Grindelwald, Leysin, Murren, Saas-Fee, Wengen, Verbier, Villars, Zermatt;
Italy: Claviere, Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere; Austria: St Anton


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