Self-driving to the resort is favoured by many skiers for the flexibility and freedom it offers. Drive onto the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone and arrive at Calais just 35 minutes later, all our Chalets in Meribel and our Chalets in La Tania offer free parking either outside or very close by.
The three valleys is approximately 600 miles from the channel ports, the journey on the quiet motorways can be taken at your own pace.
With the ever-popular Formula 1 budget hotel en route traveling with an overnight break could not be easier.
There is an overnight stay near Albertville, this could be at the start or end of your holiday. Close to the resorts approx. 40 minutes away in the right direction. A Scottish couple run this charming 19th Century Barn.
Please note when driving on the continent you must always have your full driving license i.e. plastic photo card with the paper counterpart document and vehicle insurance documentation. Of course your passport should be with you for identity at all times.
It is strongly advised you take out a supplementary holiday vehicle breakdown cover for your trip from the time of U.K home departure to U.K home arrival. French motorways do have speed restrictions, speed cameras and distant/time monitoring equipment at the start and end of ticket collection points and payment toll stations. Be aware E.U. laws now mean a speeding penalty can be transferred between countries.
When driving in the Alps, it is a legal requirement to a breathalyzer and carry snow chains in the vehicle in case of poor weather conditions. If you do not have the proper equipment, the Gendarmerie will stop you from entering the mountain roads in times of heavy snow and you will not be able to reach the resort. Snow chains can be purchased or rented in the UK before departure - they are specific to the wheel size of your vehicle so you must ensure that they fit properly. It is also necessary to carry a warning triangle, first aid kit, spare bulb kit and a luminous emergency jacket - and don't forget you need to divert your headlights!
Polar Chains offer discounts to all our clients for either purchase or rental of snow chains and for provision of the various kits needed to drive on the continent. Polar Chains can advise you and offer the UK's widest choice in chains. You must mention Alpine Action when you call in order to receive your 20% discount on their public prices.