10 ski resorts easily accessible by train

Thanks to the extensive rail network that covers Europe, going skiing without a car has never been easier. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, or as a family, we have selected 10 ski resorts accessible by train so that you can escape for an icy spree.

Chamonix-Mont Blanc (Haute-Savoie)

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Altitude: 1,035 m

Ski area: 175 km of slopes

Closest station: Chamonix Mont Blanc (direct access)

The reputation of the Chamonix resort is well established. It can be reached directly by train arriving at Chamonix Mont-Blanc station via the Mont Blanc Express from St-Gervais-Les-Bains — Le Fayet station. The resort, dominated by the 4 810 m of rock, snow, and ice of Mont Blanc, is the sanctuary of mountain sports. There, you can enjoy 175 km of slopes spread over four ski areas at the gateway to Switzerland and Italy. Note: if you take the Mont-Blanc Unlimited pass, you will also have access to the slopes of Courmayeur, the neighboring Italian resort. Note that the resort offers mountain biking on snow, snowshoe hikes, and dog sledding. Most? The Aiguille du Midi cable car, which takes you effortlessly to an altitude of 3,777 m for a sublime panorama of the surrounding landscapes.

Les Arcs (Savoie)

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Altitude: 1,600 m

Ski area: 425 km

Closest station: Bourg-St-Maurice (7 min)

Located in the Northern Alps, Les Arcs benefits from exceptional snow conditions. The station is easily accessible even without a car: once you arrive at Bourg-St-Maurice station, all you have to do is board a funicular which takes you to the slopes in 7 minutes. In this respect, it is one of the most accessible ski resorts by train. At the heart of the Paradiski ski area which brings together Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry, and La Plagne, the resort has 425 km of slopes between 1,200 and 3,226 m above sea level.

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La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie)

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Altitude: 1,040 m

Ski area: 126 km of slopes

Closest station: Annecy (30 min)

La Clusaz benefits from an eclectic relief that offers something for everyone. It can be reached by train arriving at Annecy station from where regular shuttles leave to the station. Allow around 30 minutes to travel between the station and the station. In this area, which rises to an altitude of 2,600 m, you will have the opportunity to indulge in alpine skiing, of course, but also in ski touring, Nordic skiing and freeride skiing. Between tradition and modernity, La Clusaz has managed to retain its own charm, difficult to imitate.

Monts Jura (Ain)

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10 ski resorts easily accessible by train

Altitude: 1720 m

Ski area: 30 km of slopes

Nearest station: Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (40 min)

The Monts Jura station is accessible by train from Geneva station (just 10 kilometers away) or by TGV arriving at Bellegarde-sur-Valserine station, from where it takes around 40 minutes by shuttle. What we like about Monts Jura is that there is something for everyone: you can enjoy Lélex-Crozet, Mijoux-la Faucille and Menthières, three alpine ski areas which benefit from different levels of slopes. , or opt for the Nordic area of ​​La Vattay-Valserine, dedicated to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

La Bresse Hohneck (Vosges)

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10 ski resorts easily accessible by train

Altitude: 900 m

Ski area: 50 km of slopes

Nearest station: Remiront (60 min)

An alternative to the Alps is the resort of La Bresse, near Gérardmer, in the Vosges mountains. It is ideal for lovers of gentle slopes. It is reached by Remiremont station from where you can take a regional coach for an hour’s drive. The area has 34 ski slopes facing the highest peak in the Vosges, the Hohneck. Alpine skiing as well as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. You can also enjoy the large Leisure Swimming Pool Complex to relax after exercise.

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Alpe d’Huez (Isère)

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10 ski resorts easily accessible by train

Altitude: 1,860 m

Ski area: 250 km of slopes

Closest station: Grenoble (1 hour 30 minutes)

Alpe d’Huez is accessible by train from Grenoble train station where regular shuttles take you to the station in less than an hour and a half. Nicknamed “the Island of the Sun” because of its 300 days of sunshine per year, this resort at an altitude of 1,860 m in the Grandes Rousses massif is an ideal destination. Don’t wait any longer to get started on its 250 km of slopes!

Zermatt (Switzerland)

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Altitude: 1,608 m

Ski area: 350 km of slopes

Nearest station: Zermatt (direct access)

Head to Switzerland at the foot of the Matterhorn, which rises to an altitude of 4,478 m. You are in Zermatt, a station located less than four hours from Geneva. A car-free village, it is the perfect ski resort to come by train. This highest ski area in Switzerland is also open all year round – the perfect opportunity to come and practice summer skiing during the summer months. We love its picturesque side and its discreet luxury.

Klosters (Switzerland)

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Altitude: 1,194 m

Ski area: 114 km of slopes

Nearest station: Klosters Platz (direct access)

Let’s stay in Switzerland, but leave for the Klosters resort, located at an altitude of 1,194 m in the canton of Grisons in the south-east of the country. You can get there from Klosters Platz train station. It is an ideal destination for families who will be able to appreciate the picturesque side of the village, also protected from road traffic thanks to a diversion tunnel. Holidaymakers looking for more dynamism can head to Davos-Klosters, the neighboring Alpine metropolis.

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Patscherkofel (Austria)

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Altitude: 2,250 m

Ski area: 20 km of slopes

Nearest station: Innsbruck

This Austrian ski resort located at an altitude of 2,250 m is accessible from Innsbruck Hbf train station. From there, you just have to travel 6.5 km to get to your destination: free ski buses are available from the station (take line J). The Patscherkofel is particularly known for having been at the heart of Olympic animation in terms of alpine skiing in 1964, then in 1976. The people of Innsbruck are particularly attached to it and you will not be able to remain indifferent to their welcome. An alternative? The Nordkette at 1,900 m above sea level, reachable in 20 minutes directly from Innsbruck city center via the Nordkettenbahn lifts.

Sauze d´Oulx (Italy)

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Altitude: 1,510 m

Ski area: 400 km of slopes

Closest station: Oulx (8 min)

Direction Italy to the village of Sauze d´Oulx in Piedmont, accessible by train from Oulx station where the shuttles leave. Set off to conquer its 400 kilometers of slopes and three snow parks, take snowboard lessons, go off-piste with a guide or fly over the mountains in a helicopter, everything is gathered in Sauze d’Oulx so that you will have an unforgettable stay.

Alternative to Sauze d’Oulx: Montgenèvre

Very close to Sauze d´Oulx but in French territory, Montgenèvre is a nice alternative. This station on the outskirts of Italy is accessed via the Oulx station, from where a shuttle leaves at the arrival of each TGV. The journey then only lasts about fifteen minutes. You can also arrive at Briançon station. In addition to offering alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and a snowpark, Montgenèvre has an important balneotherapy center which will delight skiers in search of well-being.

Alternative to Sauze d’Oulx: Montgenèvre
Very close to Sauze d´Oulx but in French territory, Montgenèvre is a nice alternative. This station on the outskirts of Italy is accessed via the Oulx station, from where a shuttle leaves at the arrival of each TGV. The journey then only lasts about fifteen minutes. You can also arrive at Briançon station. In addition to offering alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and a snowpark, Montgenèvre has an important balneotherapy center which will delight skiers in search of well-being.

Whatever type of snow holiday you are looking for, there are many ski resorts accessible by train in Europe and there is something for everyone. Lovers of altitude or gentle slopes, downhill skiing, or snowshoeing, the mountains are waiting for you. So, trust us and don’t wait any longer to jump on a train!

If you are looking for inspiration for your holidays in France this winter, do not hesitate to take a look at our article where to go this winter?

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