Although many skiers will want to get to the Alps as quickly as possible, you can of course add a cultural element to your travel by train by stopping in Paris on the way.

The concept (courtesy of Snowcarbon) is simple:

1. Take a Eurostar to Paris
2. Stay overnight in Paris
3. Take a TGV to the Alps the next morning

There are plenty of upsides:

  • Split your journey up
  • See a wonderful city
  • Break your journey on the way there or back
  • Arrive to your resort earlier in the day (by leaving Paris earlier)

The downsides are that your journey will take longer, and you will need to book a hotel room, but take a look at SnowCarbon’s Paris Stopover Guide for some good ideas.