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Taking the ski train to the Italian Alps

LiveShareTravel is on the road again or to be more precise on the rails as we jump on the ski train to Sauze d’Olux in Italy.

Usually we’re to be found fighting our way through check-in and security queues at airports when heading off on our trips, but thanks to Snowcarbon we’ve discovered its possible to take the ski train to European destinations from the UK.

Snowcarbon is an independent website, founded in 2009, dedicated to helping skiers and snowboarders make enjoyable, low-carbon journeys. It also continues to be a catalyst for encouraging and co-ordinating travel improvements to make rail journeys to ski resorts ever more convenient.

We’d heard that train travel was more favourable to the environment as it has a small carbon footprint, so decided to check it out. This led us to take the Snowcarbon trip to the Italian resort of Sauze d’Oulx.

Is the ski train – a good way to travel?

So two weeks before Christmas we took a relaxing Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris followed by a very enjoyable first-class rail journey from Paris Gare du Lyon to Oulx, where we picked up a taxi to Sauze d’Oulx.

The whole ski train journey certainly lived up to its reputation of being a comfortable, straightforward and  hassle free way to head off to the slopes.

While in Sauze we will take skiing lessons – Sarah has skied for one hour – I have never set foot on a ski slope so it’s going to be interesting!  We are also going to don snow shoes to trek around the Milky Way skiing area, as the mountain slopes in this part of the world are known, while trying to spot some of its wildlife – from deer to wild boar. Then we plan to enjoy some luxury spa time, and board another train to take a trip to the city of Turin, but we’ll be keeping you updated on the trip on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on #lstsauze.

We still have the return journey to do, but so far it has been impressive. If we survive our encounter with the ski slopes, we’ll let you know how the trip home went.

But for now, we can say it was far more enjoyable than air travel, certainly less hassle, has had little of the necessary but irksome airport security, and the scenery through France and Italy has been a delightful change to the view from 30,000 feet.

Snowcarbon also claims that travelling by the ski train is as fast if not faster than flying. The company’s Daniel Elkan rose to the challenge taking the train to Meribel, in France, versus journalist Neil English on the plane to provide a fun, real-time comparison of the quickest route to Europe’s slopes. Watch below to see the results.

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OK so Neil ended up in the hot-tub first, but after just one journey to go skiing by train, we have to say we really enjoyed the hassle-free journey and would do it all again.

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LiveShareTravel's co-founder Terry has never met a country he didn't like. In fact the more he has travelled the more he appreciates the world, and realises that people are largely reassuringly similar. He also enjoys discovering new cultures and has an endless wanderlust only matched by his passion for bathing in beer with new friends. Oh yes, he's most at home in the spa. Terry is also co-author of the The Luxury Traveller's Handbook.

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One Response to Taking the ski train to the Italian Alps

  1. No contest! Train every time! I actually did it twice by bus (organized by a local ski group I think – long time ago!) and that was fun too, way better than flying!

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