A new high-speed luxury train will take you from London to snowy paradise in about 10 hours.

Tourists and residents of England are gearing up for a quick and easy route to the French Alps this winter aboard a new high-speed luxury rail service departing two of the most popular train stations in the country. 

Eurostar will run direct day trains to the French Alps on Saturdays between December 2017 and April 2018, as well as overnight trains on Fridays from January to April 2018. Trains leave from St. Pancras International in London and Ashford International in Kent. According to a story in the Telegraph, tickets went on sale last week.

A special page on the Eurostar website says ticket prices start around £150 round-trip. The train’s luggage allowance means each passenger can take skis or a snowboard and two suitcases at no extra charge. 

Though Eurostar isn’t offering sleeper cars on the route at this time, the company has tricked out trains for extra comfort. Most seats have individual fold-down tables; others are set up in clusters of four around tables big enough for an entire family (or group of friends). There are luggage racks above the seats for small to medium bags and space at the entry of each coach for larger cases. What’s more, each of the trains offers two bar buffet coaches for snacks, meals, and drinks. Continued after slideshow

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    St. Anton
    Saint Anton Am Arlberg, Austria
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    The Alps are home to a wealth of backcountry skiing so it takes a special resort to claim it has the finest off-piste terrain. St. Anton, however, does. The Austrian resort may be known for attracting advanced skiers and no-holds-barred partiers but it’s really best for powder-lovers. A vast bowl beneath Valluga Mountain provides incredible opportunities for fresh tracks, while the backcountry at nearby Stuben offers even more untouched runs. Tip: to all but guarantee fresh powder, take to the mountains with Piste to Powder, a group of expert off-piste guides.
    By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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    Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
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    Chamonix (74) is the famous winter-sports resort in the French Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc. It has the Mer de glâce, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe, accessible by the Montenvers rack railway. Chamonix was the host of the first Winter Olympic games in 1924. It has very convenient location: just one hour of Geneva airport and the neighbourhood of Italy and Switzerland which are within 30 minutes drive of the resort. Chamonix is perfect for skiing as 90% of its territory is located above 2000m.
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    Bagnes, Switzerland
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    The charming Swiss village of Verbier is a breeding ground for fearless, thrill-seeking mountain bikers. Be warned, though: Even a rockstar mountain biker from Colorado or Utah will feel like he needs training wheels when he tackles these mountains. In town, local bike shops outfit cyclists with bikes and Transformer-like protective gear. A gondola whisks cyclists to the top of the mountain where they can tackle trails of varying degrees of difficulty in La Tzoumaz Bikepark. Less death-defying trails wind around the mountain past quirky sculptures such as a giant penguin and a huge skeleton of a wooly mammoth. Apparently, a mountain-biking battle wound is an essential Swiss souvenir. I took home a double-fractured finger after launching over my handlebars (A note: Men who get injured apparently get stitched up by a hot Swiss nurse. I got a scholarly Swiss doctor, but I also didn’t get a bill). For something a bit more low-key, rent an electric mountain bike and cruise around town past the fancy hotels (Verbier W opened in 2014) and charming homes. Just a touch of pressure on the pedal makes you feel like Lance Armstrong ascending the hills.
    By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
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    Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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    More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing backcountry fanatics from all over the world. Take the cable car up the Schilthorn to find various opportunities for challenging off-piste skiing. Just to be sure to bring a guide along.
    By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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    Grindelwald, Switzerland
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    The Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the southern canton of Bern and the northern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. It's the perfect place for the quintessential Swiss experience. The cows are actually moving their heads just to hear the bells ring. So many people take pictures of them, they must feel like movie stars. :)
    By Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
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    St. Moritz
    Saint Moritz, Switzerland
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    In a country full of swanky resort towns, St. Moritz takes the crown with its wide array of five-star hotels, designer stores, and award-winning restaurants. The town is also home to such exciting activities as skijoring and ice cricket, which help to keep all the celebrity visitors entertained.
    By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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    Horny Bar, 1845m
    Gstaad, Switzerland
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    After a long day of skiing, we stopped here for a few après ski drinks. The view of the mountains is breathtaking as the sun sets. There are huge cushions and lounge chairs to rest. Foozeball tables and hightops provide for a great drinking/socializing environment. The bartenders are hot and very outgoing! By far a great end to a great day of skiing!
    By Rachel
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    Zermatt, Switzerland
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    Just as Rome has the Colosseum and Paris the Eiffel Tower, so Switzerland has the Matterhorn. Located above Zermatt, this 48,195-foot wonder attracts hordes of visitors, eager to see the morning sunlight beam off its four faces, ski its neighboring mountains, or even attempt to climb the beast itself. The Matterhorn, however, is not for the faint-hearted and has claimed the lives of more than 500 people since it was first scaled in 1865—an average of 12 per year. It’s also been replicated at Disneyland in California as a rollercoaster.
    By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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    Kitzbuhel, Austria
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    As one of Austria’s most prestigious Alpine resort towns, Kitzbühel has a reputation for being a playground for the rich and famous. However, you don’t have to be wealthy or well-known to enjoy winter here. Medieval Kitzbühel manages to balance its historic charm with a stylish, contemporary vibe. Base your stay at the Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel, which features a fancy bistro, luxurious spa, Alpine golf course, and views of the majestic Alps. When hunger strikes, head to Huberbräu-Stübel for Austrian classics like schnitzel and dumplings, or Jagastube at the Hotel Zur Tenne for strudel. Then, hit the town for some high-end shopping, or head to the slopes for incredible skiing.
    By Zac Steger, AFAR Local Expert
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    Kaprun, Austria
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    The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier has a lot to offer - all year round. Whereas I love to go there for spring snowboarding, many others enjoy the amazing Gletscherwelt 3000. With a simple lift pass, you can get as high as 3.029 meter above sea level and enjoy an amazing view upon Austria’s highest mountains. If the view alone is not exciting enough you can also go for some sleighing in the summer months or get a high-class dinner experience from rewarded chefs.
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    Belle Plagne
    Mâcot La Plagne, France
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    Skiing during a blizzard with my brother. And no one else. Wake up early to have the mountain to yourself. Stop for soup, cheese, and mulled wine at any of the chalets.
    By Lily Soysal, AFAR Contributor
Upon arrival in the Alps, trains stop at Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne, and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, from where passengers can pick up coaches to ski resorts such as Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Meribel, and Les Arcs (to name a few). Return trains leave from Moûtiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

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All told, travel time is about 10 hours, depending on where you get on and where you get off.

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