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Eurostar launch TGV Alps service

10 October 2012 09:37

The new high-speed ski service will begin on Saturday 22 December

The new high-speed ski service will begin on Saturday 22 December

Snow-loving Britons could soon gain from a new partnership between Eurostar and international high-speed train TGV, which aims to deliver passengers to Switzerland's most popular ski resorts on a weekly service from London St Pancras this winter.

The new ski service will deliver skiers and snowboarders from St Pancras International and Ashford International to prestigious locations in the Swiss Alps and the Valais region, such as Verbier, Zermatt and Saas Fee, when the new weekly route opens on Saturday 22 December, running until the end of the ski season on Saturday 13 April next year.

Return fares will start at £189 when tickets go on sale from Thursday 11 October, with passengers arriving into Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig for swift transfers to ski resorts. Travellers are also being offered the chance to carry an extra item of luggage on board, such as a pair of skis or a snowboard, at no extra cost, which will help free up funds for a sturdy sports travel insurance policy. Nick Mercer, commercial director for Eurostar, said: "Our direct ski services to the French Alps have grown in popularity year-on-year and we expect this new service to the Swiss Alps to have similar appeal."