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Climb aboard for your ski holiday

Ready for a winter holiday in the Alps, Pyrenees, Massif Central, Jura or Vosges? Check out these resorts—all easy to reach by TGV INOUI, Intercités and TER regional rail.

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Hitting the slopes? Get there by train

Whether you’re planning a full winter holiday or a weekend getaway, our trains will take you from Paris and other French cities to a wide range of ski resorts. Climb aboard to avoid traffic jams—and fight global warming, too.

Choose from a wide selection of resorts that are easy to reach with TGV INOUI, Intercités and TER.

Alps

Les Arcs, Savoie

Want to ski the French Alps? Take off for Bourg-Saint-Maurice with TGV INOUI, Eurostar, Thalys or TER. When you arrive, walk over to the Coopérative Laitière de Haute Tarentaise, just opposite the station, to savour the region’s famous Beaufort cheese, then head to the funicular some 100 metres away. 

The funicular is open for the season from 14 December through 25 April, and you’ll enjoy spectacular 360°views as you make the 7-minute journey to Les Arcs and the Paradiski area.

Learn more about Les Arcs

From Paris

4h581 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.

From Lyon

3h301 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.

From Marseille

5h061 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.

From Lille

7h361 by train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.

From Chambéry

1h531 by train and shuttle to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, then 7 minutes by funicular to the resort.

The funicular whisks skiers to Les Arcs in just 7 minutes.

Avoriaz, Haute-Savoie

Choose Avoriaz 1800 to enjoy the charms of an eco-friendly, 100% pedestrian resort, where you can get anywhere on foot, on skis, or tucked comfortably into a horse-drawn sled. Avoriaz is nestled in the heart of Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest cross-border ski areas, with a total of 12 resorts in France and Switzerland.

To get there, take TGV Lyria, TGV or a TER regional train to Cluses or Thonon-les-Bains in France, or Geneva in Switzerland. From the station, take a bus, shuttle or coach to the resort.

Learn more about Avoriaz

From Paris

4h111 by train to Thonon-les-Bains. From there, buses run to Avoriaz on Saturdays and Sundays.

From Lyon

2h441 by train to Thonon-les-Bains. From there, buses run to Avoriaz on Saturdays and Sundays.

From Lille

5h051 by train to Geneva, then take the shuttle to Avoriaz

The Avoriaz 1800 resort is 100% pedestrian.

Montgenèvre, Hautes-Alpes

Montgenèvre is the grande dame of French winter sport resorts, and its location near the French-Italian border makes it easy to reach by rail. Want to ski its stunning Alpine slopes? Choose from two options:

  • take a TGV to Oulx station in Italy’s Piedmont region, then take a 15-minute shuttle to the resort
  • travel by train to Briançon, then take one of the regular shuttles to Montgenèvre

Learn more about Montgenèvre

From Paris

4h401 by train to Oulx (in Italy), then 15 minutes by shuttle to the resort.

From Lille

6h411 by train to Oulx (in Italy), then 15 minutes by shuttle to the resort.

Montgenèvre is the grande dame of French ski resorts.

Alpe d’Huez, Isère

For Tour de France fans, the 21 hairpin turns on the climb up Alpe d’Huez are the stuff of legend—but when winter comes, cyclists are replaced by a thick blanket of snow. The resort is at 1,860 metres and gets 300 days of sun a year, so have your sunglasses handy when you head out to the 250 km of runs from the summit of Pic Blanc (at 3,330 m) to Enversin d’Oz (at 1,135 m). 

To reach the Oisans resort, take a TGV or a TER regional train to Grenoble station: from there, a shuttle will take you to Alpe d’Huez in a little over 90 minutes.

Learn more about Alpe d’Huez

From Paris

3h001 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez

From Lille

4h351 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez

From Marseille

2h171 by train to Grenoble, then about 1h40 by shuttle to Alpe d’Huez

The highest peak in the Alpe d’Huez ski area is at 3,300 m.

Preserving mountain ecosystems

If snowy peaks and powdery slopes are your idea of the perfect winter holiday, eco-friendly rail travel is the best way to get there. Those majestic, pristine mountain ecosystems are especially sensitive to global warming, and on average, you’ll generate 95% less greenhouse gas when you take a train instead of driving alone2.

What’s more, you won’t get stuck in the endless lines of cars snaking up through the valley, and you’ll avoid the messy business of fitting snow chains on your tyres in the freezing cold.

25

percent less greenhouse gas when you travel by rail²

The Pyrenees

Font-Romeu, Pyrénées-Orientales

Want to combine a mountain getaway with the pleasures of Catalonia? Choose Font-Romeu, birthplace of biathlete Martin Fourcade. To get there, board a TGV, Intercités or TER regional train for Perpignan, then take a regional bus from the station to the heart of the resort. The trip takes just two hours—and the ticket is only €1.

Located just a few kilometres from the French-Spanish border, the Font-Romeu ski area ranges from 1,650 m to 2,213 m high and enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. In addition to its many downhill runs, the resort offers a huge cross-country ski park. 

Learn more about Font-Romeu

From Paris

5h011 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260.

From Montpellier

1h281 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260.

From Toulouse

2h101 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260.

From Bordeaux

4h321 by train to Perpignan station, then around 2 hours to the Font-Romeu resort via bus no. 260.

Font-Romeu enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.

The Massif Central

Super-Besse, Puy-de-Dôme

Had enough of soulless, overcrowded ski resorts? Take your family to the gentle, sun-drenched slopes of Super-Besse, centred around Lake Hermines on the southern slope of the Massif du Sancy. This charming resort has 28 runs at altitudes ranging from 1,350 m to 1,850 m, and offers night skiing, too. 

To get there, travel by Intercités or TER to Clermont-Ferrand station: from there, the shuttle ride to Super-Besse is just 1h15.

Learn more about Super-Besse

From Paris

3h251 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.

From Lille

5h431 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.

From Nantes

5h581 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.

From Bourges

2h341 by train to Clermont-Ferrand station, then 1h15 by shuttle to Super-Besse.

At Super-Besse, you can even ski at night.

Travelling with skis and snowboards

Skis and snowboards are welcome aboard our TGV INOUI, Intercités and TER trains—but all gear must be packed in a bag and stowed securely in one of the luggage areas to avoid blocking your fellow passengers and SNCF staff.

Jura Mountains

Les Rousses

If you’re a keen Nordic skier, set your sights on Les Rousses, one of the largest cross-country ski areas in France, with hundreds of kilometres of trails in the heart of the Haut-Jura natural park. 

To get there, take a TGV Lyria or TER regional train to Dole, then board a TER for Morez, which is only 8 km from Les Rousses. From Morez station, you can reach the resort by bus in under an hour.

Learn more about Les Rousses

From Paris

4h101 by train to Morez (via Dole). From Morez station, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.

From Lille

6h161 by train to Morez (via Dole). From Morez station, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.

From Dijon

2h331 by train to Morez (via Dole). From Morez station, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.

From Besançon

1h591 by train to Morez station. From there, you can reach Les Rousses by bus in under an hour.

Over 200 km of cross-country ski trails

The Vosges Mountains

La Bresse

Head to eastern France to discover the charms of La Bresse. Perched in the magnificent Ballons des Vosges regional park, this resort is perfect for families that enjoy a variety of winter activities, from snowshoeing and luge to cross-country and downhill skiing. The ski area has 34 runs and trails nestled between lakes and forests, with views of Hohneck, one of the highest peaks in the Vosges Mountains at 1,363 m.

Ready for a winter holiday in the Vosges? Board a TGV INOUI or a TER regional train to Remiremont station, then travel the 25 km to La Bresse by bus.

Learn more about La Bresse

From Paris

2h401 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50 minutes by TER regional coach.

From Strasbourg

2h541 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50 minutes by TER regional coach.

From Nancy

1h051 by train to Remiremont station, then around 50 minutes by TER regional coach.

Remiremont TGV station is just 25 km from La Bresse.

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