Les Arcs by Rail - The Perfect Way to Travel!


When you think about getting to the French Alps for a ski break by way of the usual flights, it’s hard not to envisage something of a nightmare scenario. The reason being that hot-footing it through airports, on and off planes and then onto your final destination with a bus or train transfer doesn’t exactly sound like a thrill a minute…which it isn’t.

By contrast, there’s something vastly more appealing about the idea of travelling by train. Taking the snow train to the Alps is less a process of suffering and rushing, more one of opulent relaxation and your holiday starting early. Seriously – would you rather spend two hours wandering around an airport hoping to God that your plane isn’t delayed, or spend the same time sipping a glass of wine while tearing-it across the French countryside?

Much of the time, the reason folk steer clear of the snow train is because they think it’s too complicated. Well, we’re here to tell you otherwise – it can in fact be way easier than any other of transport and on the whole just as quick.

Basically, if interested in heading to Les Arcs by the snow train, you have three primary options to choose from:

Daytime Direct Eurostar Services

If you’d like to enjoy the journey and get your trip off to the best possible start, you can always travel in style on a direct daytime service from Ashford or London straight to the French Alps. You set off on the morning and arrive at your destination early evening, having prior to arrival booked your final transfer from the train station to your resort of choice. It’s a brilliant way of arriving having already had a blast on the way there!

Overnight Eurostar

The second option is essentially the same service as the above, though operated overnight rather than during the day. If you’re the kind that can easily get to sleep in a non-reclining Eurostar seat, then this is a brilliant way of arriving first thing in the morning, fully refreshed and with a full extra day to spend on the slopes.

Regular Scheduled Trains

And finally, depending on how much time and money you have to spare and also what else you’d like to see along the way, it’s perfectly easy to get to Les Arcs and really anywhere in the French Alps by first travelling to Paris and then taking a regular scheduled service to your final destination. Get it right and you could be looking at the most cost-effective option of all, but at the same time it might take you a fair bit longer to get where you’re going…plenty of time to sit back and take in the scenery, though!

Ever since the Snow Train and its infamous disco carriage stopped operating in 2010, people have been a little put-off but the idea of trying their luck with the trains. Take it from us though when we say the first time you experience the difference compared with the horrors of the average airport, you might just keep your feet firmly on the ground every time you hit the slopes in future!

  • "Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our stay last week. We absolutely loved the chalet, great location! Also wanted to mention how incredible Rosie and Jake were, the food was outstanding and both were brilliant with our son Arlo. We enjoyed it so much that we are thinking about coming back in Feb / March." (Ali Bovis, Caribou, Dec 2019)
  • “I can tell you on behalf of the group that we had an excellent stay and were extremely well looked after by Cat and Clive. They were very attentive to our needs and nothing was too much trouble. The chalets are perfectly positioned for the skiing and village, plus very well appointed. We have had a boys January week in Montchavin every year for the last 10+ and will no doubt be returning in 2021. I will most certainly contact you in the autumn to discuss the next trip.” (Martyn Pacey, Hermine, Jan 2020)
  • “We had a fantastic time. Really couldn’t have asked for better. Pat and Pete were fantastic hosts, and really looked after our every need. They were great to have around; they provided a wealth of knowledge on the area and where to ski and were only too happy to answer our million questions pertaining to every other aspect of skiing in Montchavin. The food was of a great standard, and we honestly enjoyed (aka loved) every meal. The chalet was really nice and clean. This experience was certainly one of our best ski trips ever.” (Tessa Kershaw, Lievre Blanc, Jan 2020)
  • Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful chalet. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Montchavin, and in your apartment with Pete and Pat. Pete and Pat were awesome, and the food was superb. We had a great time, and will spread the word this side. (Chris Cooke, Lievre Blanc, Jan 2020)
  • We had the most amazing week at Christmas this year. The chalet was great, the other guests were brilliant company, the skiing was awesome, the food was fabulous and Pete and Pat were the perfect hosts. As far as ski holidays go, we don't know how it could get any better! (Kevin Smith, Lievre Blanc, Dec 19)