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Crystal promotes benefits of ski holiday by rail

Crystal promotes benefits of ski holiday by rail
Teresa Fisher

Crystal Ski is promoting the benefits of their ski holiday packages travelling by rail rather than flying. Here at FSN, we’re look at some of the ways Britain’s number one ski tour operator is making it appeal to their customers…  and, let’s face it, it’s looking pretty appealing from where we’re standing!   

There are no luggage restrictions when travelling by train

There are no luggage restrictions when travelling by train

Although a number of smaller companies offer ski-train holidays, accommodation-only or self-drive ski holidays, Crystal is the first of the big market players to advocate train over plane.  They’re quick to point out to the family market that, although flying is swifter, on a train you can travel in more comfort, get up and walk about (great for toddlers!) and your ski or snowboard carriage is free.

Unlike airport travel with all its restrictions (not to mention expensive parking before you’ve even started), there are no luggage weight limits –just what you can carry!

On arrival in the Alps, the train stations are close to the ski resorts – most within one hour’s transfer by public transport or taxi/shuttle bus.  If you travel with Crystal, the transfer’s included in the package.

There’s another benefit – if you travel on Friday night out and Saturday night back (on the Eurostar speedy overnight service for instance), you get eight days of skiing instead of the six of a typical flight-package.

It's altogether more chilled travelling by train...

It’s altogether more chilled travelling by train…

There are direct weekly Eurostar trains to stations in France which serve all the resorts in Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski, Espace Killy and Valmorel.  Prices with Crystal for a week in January start from £499pp (based on two sharing) for 8 days on the slopes including train travel, transfers and half-board accommodation.

To make train travel even more appealing, Crystal are offering their customers a £40 upgrade to Standard Premier, which brings a number of further benefits including complimentary drinks, a meal, roomier seats and newspapers.

We reckon it all sounds pretty appealing!  How about you?…