Whether you fly, drive or go by train to your ski resort, there is no quick way to get there. Rail travel is arguably the best for families, since there is space to move, comfortable seats and an ever-changing vista. Kids love it. Despite the advantages, many families don’t realise the sheer variety of resorts that are accessible by train. This winter, a new overnight route from the UK to the Tyrol in Austria means there are even more attractive Alpine ski villages you can reach easily by rail.
1/11 Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Walk around the beautiful village of Saas-Fee and you’ll feel like you are living in a picture postcard: cute pedestrian streets are lined with restaurants, cafés and chocolate-box hotels. There are good beginners’ slopes right by the village, and up on the mountain the scenery is magnificent – not least from the rotating restaurant, Three Sixty, up at Mittelallalin at 3,500m. Ice-climbing and husky-sledding are popular activities here.
Example Journey: Depart London St Pancras on the 17.30 Eurostar to Paris Nord, arriving at 20.47; stay overnight in Paris, then take the 07.57 TGV from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon to Visp, arriving at 14.04. From there, it’s 50 minutes by bus.