20 Nov The Alps on your Doorstep (almost)
“The world is getting smaller and smaller”. Travel is getting easier and easier and travel to the Alps is no different.
There are many ways to get to the alps, depending on your preference.
- Fly – chartered, scheduled or private
- Drive, self drive or car share options
- Train, snowtrain or sleeper trains
- Coach or organised bus tours
I’m sure they all have their benefits and suit the needs of the individual traveller.
Driving is a good way with families, as you have no real luggage restrictions (except the size of your car) and can come with your complete kit.
The snow train always provided a fun, party like atmosphere to the French Alps, turning up in the morning ready for a days skiing. More refined sleeper trains now operate, starting in the UK and running down through Germany or France. Often with further connections from Paris, Zurich or Munich.
Coach trips provided a cheaper alternative, mainly for school and university groups as their target market, bussing big loads direct to the alps.
Flights to the Alps
Flights are our main interest with the number of routes now available from all over the world it has opened up our international market. The “chalet holiday” has always been predominantly a UK tradition, however, with easier access to the alps our chalet clientele has evolved into a very international one indeed.
With direct flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai into Zurich and Geneva the Emirate market is flourishing to the alps.
Australia offers (long) flights, usually with a stopover en route and ending up in one of the snowy hubs in Switzerland.
USA has direct flights from New York and LA into Zurich, Geneva and Munich.
The Russain and Ukranian skiers who come mainly for New Year, The Russian Orthadox Christmas and New Year and also for many February dates benefit from regular flights direct into more local airports like Innsbruck and Chambery. Making travel far easier and shorter transfers to resorts.
The Eastern ski market is growing in numbers as well. Which is great to see. Despite the lure of the guaranteed powder in Japan many Japanese, Chinese, Singapore and Honk Kong nationals are choosing to ski in the alps and that is due mainly to the ease in how they can arrive.
And then of course, those lucky enough to have access to private jets can take off and land (almost) as they like, getting as close to the slopes as possible. Maximising time on the slopes and reducing transfer and travel time.
If we can help with any of your travel plans, our ski specialists would be delighted to do so.