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Snowboards on Eurostar (NOT ski train)

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Hello

A group of friends and me (7 total) are going from Ashford Intl to Paris and then onto the alps. We are taking teh standard eurostar and not the ski train. Is it possible to take one board bag on the train with us?

We have heard about registering the bags but youhave to do this at St Pancras and seen as we are getting teh train in Ashford for good reason (we live in Kent) it is not convinient to go all the way to St Pancras a week beforehand just to hand them our bags and hope they'll be there in a weeks time.

Does anyone have any experience of taking snowboards or anything similar on the eurostar from Ashford (or London) to Paris?

Any advice will be very welcome as this is causing me sleepness nights. The thought of our boards being refused doesn't bear contemplating!!!
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
klang180, welcome! Don't worry about it. I am going skiing with a normal E* and I had the same concern so I emailed them and they said that you're permitted to take two bags apart from handluggage, and one of those can be a ski bag. There is no need to register and send them as special luggage.

Quote:
Thank you for your email,

When travelling with a pair of ski’s on any Eurostar service other than the direct service to the French Alps, your ski’s will be counted as one medium sized suitcase. The luggage allowance on board Eurostar is two medium sized suitcases and one piece of hand luggage per person. Therefore, you be able to travel with one pair of ski’s and one suitcase.

If you need to take more luggage, you would need to take it as excess luggage and register it via the Eurodespatch centre. You can contact them by telephone on 08705 850 850 and register your luggage to travel on a specific train so you would be able to collect it on arrival at your destination.

Kind regards
Wayne, Eurostar.com support


Why don't you email them yourself then you will have a specific response you can print and take with you in case you meet some "jobsworth" somewhere?
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Done it loads of times.
Even done it with a bike bag in the summer that only just got through the xray machine.

Tux
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Hello Butterfly and tuxpoo thanks for both of your replies. It does seem strange that Eurostar would kill the snowsports market by restricting all those who aren't within reachable distance of distance of St Pancras to not taking their own equipment however the website is ambigoius and the staff have been very contradictory!

To answer you Butterfly, i did e-mail them hoping i could get a tailored response inw riting, however i got a standard e-mail directing me to the FAQ section, presumambly because the problems created quite a backlog. I will try again but is there any chance at all you could forward on the e-mail you recieved so that i can have that as a backup?

Tuxpoo thansk for your two cents too, i agree it seems a lot to worry about but you never know when you'll come up against a jobsworth especially at Ashford of all places!!!

ANyone else got any experiences or advice?


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Email sent - I would now edit out your email from this thread to avoid spammers.
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Butterfly wrote:
Email sent - I would now edit out your email from this thread to avoid spammers.


Thank you for the e-mail Butterfly that is very useful. Thanks also for the tip i will do that now.
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Butterfly wrote:
Email sent - I would now edit out your email from this thread to avoid spammers.


Butterfly, any chance you could post more of the mail so we can cut and paste it? i.e. keep the From: line, and the Date: but delete the To: line and anything that identifies you or your booking.
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