Just hop on the train at St. Pancras and seven hours later hop off at Bourg St. Maurice, which is close to the Italian border.

From here, you can take a coach to numerous ski resorts including Tignes, Val d’Isere, Vallandry and La Plagne.

Alternatively, the new MGM development, Le Grand Coeur, is based just five minutes from the train station in Bourg.

The development is made up of 63 one to four bedroom contemporary apartments within four traditional looking chalets built in timber and stone.

Each home comes with cellar storage and an underground car parking space and a 7 minute funicular railway links Bourg St. Maurice with Les Arcs 1600 and the 420 kilometre pistes in the Paradiski skiing area.

The train runs twice a week up until April 13th 2008 and prices for the apartments start at EUR 201,000 (around pounds 138,500). Should you wish to rent out your apartment, then two bedroom apartments currently let at around euros 800 a week during the peak season.

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