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FREE! OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS MAP 2020

With holidays in the Alps looking increasingly unlikely over the festive period, we've turned our attention closer to home this winter to produce a map of central London’s wonderful array of Christmas lights. Although a few of the usual streets have decided against a 2020 display, most have brought theirs out in style. From the iconic to the obscure, grab a copy of our map and take a look at our Top 10... 12 December 2020

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BACK IN BUSINESS. SUMMER SKIING RECOMMENCES FOR UK VISITORS TO THE ALPS!
With UK quarantine measures being lifted tomorrow, nearly four months after the ski season abruptly shut down in March, active UK holidaymakers can now look forward to returning to the Alps and a belated chance to finally getting their skiing fix!  We take a look at five high-altitude resorts where you can ski during the summer months...  9 July, 2020

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CAN THE TRAIN REALLY COMPETE WITH FLYING TO THE ALPS WHEN IT COMES TO COST?
Among the criticisms frequently levelled at train travel to the Alps is that it's much more expensive than flying. So we thought it would be interesting to put the train to the test and look up some fares for single rail trips leaving in a couple of weeks’ time. The results may well surprise you....  16 January, 2020

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THE RESULTS ARE IN! THE CHEAPEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE RESORTS IN THE ALPS - and they're both accessible by train

A new report comparing the costs of ski holidays in 30 resorts in Europe has recently been published by Post Office Travel Money in association with Crystal Ski Holidays.  As big fans of rail travel we're excited to see that both the cheapest and most expensive resorts are accessible by train and featured on our new map. Read on to find out where they are...  7 January, 2020

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NEW £1 BILLION RAIL LINK OPENS FROM GENEVA

As of 15th December, it will be a lot easier to reach the iconic winter-sports destinations of the Chamonix Valley and surrounding area by train, thanks to a new rail link through the city of Geneva.  Not only are rail transfers a more enjoyable way to reach the mountains, this rail link also sets out to tackle the historically high levels of pollution in the Chamonix Valley...  10 December, 2019

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THE ALPS BY TRAIN - 10 JOURNEYS IN UNDER 10 HOURS
Our research team has been busy finding the quickest rail journeys to the Alps from the UK, all of which take less than 10 hours (the fastest just 7hrs 55 minutes). By comparison, flying to the Alps usually takes between 8 and 10 hours when transfers etc are taken into account. Check out our top 10 fastest journeys - the winners might just surprise you...   1 March, 2018

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OUT TODAY - OUR NEW RAIL MAP OF THE ALPS
We are delighted to announce the publication of our new map ‘The Alps – Skiing by Train’ for the 2018 ski season. Much like the iconic Tube Map, this simplified schematic style map makes it easy to plan journeys to and through the mountains by rail with over 215 ski resorts shown. Available in a variety of formats including a free lo-res download, high-resolution prints and personalised versions...  8 January, 2018

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SKIING BY TRAIN IN THE SWISS ALPS
Interlaken is an excellent base for day trips by train with a wealth of ski resorts on its doorstep ranging from little-known gems overlooking the local lakes, to mega resorts in large connected ski areas. We’ve selected three relatively little known resorts, and explained how to get there from Interlaken (1hr 50mins by train from Zurich)...  December 4, 2017

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A SLICE OF THE ALPS - APRES-SKI UK-STYLE
Pop-up apres-ski bars are hardly a new phenomenon in the UK but, if you're yearning to hit the slopes and still have a few months to wait, there's nowhere better  to hunker down with a glass of steamy mulled wine and make like you're in the mountains. One of our favourites at the Abbey Hotel has become an integral part of the Christmas experience in Bath...  November 22, 2017

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EPIK drives THROUGH the Alps
Go on a supercar driving experience and motor across the greatest driving roads in Europe with EPIKdrives.  EPIK's driving tours feature the most iconic alpine passes and mountain roads in the Alps from the unique Stelvio Pass in Italy to Switzerland's  BIG3 and the majestic Grossglockner Alpine Road. What's more you can save 5% with our unique coupon code.... November 9, 2017

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Open for business

Autumn isn’t the most obvious time of year for a ski trip to the Alps but there are a surprising number of resorts already offering lift-serviced snow-sports. 2theAlps is pleased to present a summary of those currently open with some tips on how to get there.... October 27, 2017

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OUR NEW GERMAN SKI VOCAB SHEET
Trying your hand at the local language is an enjoyable and rewarding experience regardless of whether English is widely spoken but, in many smaller resorts, knowing the right vocabulary can make a crucial difference to your holiday from understanding the snow conditions to ensuring the ski shop has fitted you with the right equipment... October 12, 2017

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