No longer are the French resorts the only place in the Alps easily accessible by train. If in the past you've been put off travelling to the Swiss Alps by train due to the horrible prospect of lugging your skis across Paris to change trains, then things are about to change. A new Swiss train service has been introduced, The Swiss Alps Ski Train, which leaves London St Pancras (with a stop in Ashford) every Saturday during the winter season. After a short and easy change in Lille you are on your way to some of the best ski resorts in the world. [caption id="attachment_4940" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Arrive in Switzerland in style and comfort[/caption] The train will make several key stops in order to service a wide range of ski resorts. A stop at Aigle allows easy access to Villars and Champéry, the next stop is Martigny from where there is a just a short transfer to Verbier, then onto Visp where a short and very scenic train ride will connect you to Zermatt and or a short postbus transfer will take you to Saas Fee. Depending on your destination of choice, the train will take roughly 9 hours, which we think is a very good alternative to the long check-in and waiting times of being in an airport. [caption id="attachment_4941" align="aligncenter" width="300"] All the way to Zermatt, by train![/caption] Ski Independence clients can travel either in Standard Class, Standard Premier & Lyria’s Première Class. Travellers in the Standard Premier and Lyria Première Classes will enjoy extra space in their carriage, meals, drinks and complimentary magazines. Passengers will be able to take an extra item of luggage per passenger - such as a pair of skis or snowboard - in addition to the usual maximum of 2 medium sized cases plus 1 item of hand luggage. The Swiss Alps Ski Train will run every Saturday until 13th April 2013 For further information about the Swiss Alps Ski Train please contact us on 0131 243 8097  or request a tailor-made email quotation here.