RIDE THE RAILS TO THE TRAILS ON TH­ESE FIVE TRAIN ROUTES

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1 Cal­i­for­nia Ze­phyr

The Ze­phyr rides from the San Fran­cisco Bay Area to Truc­kee on its way across the coun­try to Chicago. Skiers can get off at Truc­kee and hop a cab to one of the area’s North Lake Ta­hoe ski re­sorts.

2 MBTA Com­muter Rail

Board at Bos­ton’s North Sta­tion and ride di­rectly to the new Wachusett sta­tion ev­ery week­end dur­ing ski sea­son. Shut­tles take pas­sen­gers the rest of the way, about a 10-minute drive.

3 Glacier Ex­press

This famed route runs be­tween Zer­matt and St. Moritz in Switzer­land amid spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain scenery, over bridges, through tun­nels, and past quaint Swiss towns. The en­tire trip takes be­tween seven and eight hours.

4 Bul­let Trains

Ja­pan’s nim­ble train net­work is vast and ac­cesses sev­eral ski re­sorts. One of the eas­i­est slopes to reach via shinkansen, or bul­let train, is Nagano, out­side of Tokyo.

5 Ethan Allen Ex­press

This Am­trak route de­parts from New York City and ar­rives in Rut­land, Vt., af­ter a 241-mile jour­ney. Clos­est ski­ing is at Killing­ton, Pico, Sui­cide Six, and Okemo.

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