RIDE THE RAILS TO THE TRAILS ON THESE FIVE TRAIN ROUTES
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.