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.
The three valleys are approximately 600 miles from the channel ports, and the journey on the quiet motorways can be taken at your own pace.
With the ever-popular Formula 1, budget hotel en route travelling 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.
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. There is also an on the spot speeding fine of 70€ cash that can be issued.
SNOW CHAINS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT
It’s important to note that there are a small number of additional requirements when driving in France, in comparison to the UK. You are required by French road law to have things such as a first aid kit, warning triangle, and high-visibility jacket all within easy reach of the driver. You’re also required to apply headlight converters to your headlights when driving through France. Whilst you may not always be asked to show proof of these items, you risk being fined should you travel without them. When driving in the Alps, it is a legal requirement to 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 the 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.