Self Drive Ski Holidays
It’s our speciality – a great value way to travel the Alps, with stunning scenery included.
As well as being a very cost-effective way to travel, a self-drive ski holiday has many other benefits - travel at your own pace, avoid busy airports and luggage restrictions, take food from home or shop in the cheaper hypermarkets en-route.
With an average journey time of 8-10 hours, the Alps are easily accessible via an excellent network of motorways and driving to the Alps is by far the most flexible way to travel.
Take a look at our top 3 self-drive ski holiday destinations
Le Shuttle - the easy way to cross the Channel
For a stress-free start on your journey to the Alps, take Eurotunnel Le Shuttle from Folkestone to Calais. Operating 24hrs a day, 365 days a year, with up to 4 crossings an hour and a journey time of just 35 minutes, it's the fastest and most convenient route across the channel.
If that's not enough, our FREE upgrade to Eurotunnel's FlexiPlus service* offers the ultimate in flexibility, for complete peace of mind. Take advantage of fully flexible travel, a dedicated check-in lane and priority loading, plus you can enjoy access to the FlexiPlus Club Lounge** with complimentary packed lunch, hot drinks and magazines.
Is the Eurotunnel crossing included in our prices?
We've changed the way we display prices on our website to make things a little clearer for everyone. When you search for availability, you will be given the accommodation only price and then you will be asked how you want to travel. If you choose Eurotunnel, you can search for live crossing availability on our site and you will then be given a total price including your accommodation and crossing, so you can choose the exact crossings you want when you book your accommodation.
“We loved the Eurotunnel FlexiPlus option. I'll definitely book that with you again, it made a huge difference to just get on the next train and not be stressing as we raced across France to Calais."
The Northern Alps generally have slightly shorter driving times than some of the other regions and France boasts an excellent network of Autoroutes, making it easy to access many of our featured resorts.
We know all the best routes, stop-offs and hotel gems en-route to the Alps, and we have a special arrangement with Eurotunnel le shuttle – a FREE upgrade to FlexiPlus*.
Our top 3 self-drive destinations
Les Portes du Soleil
Drive time from Calais: 8-9½ hrs
The Portes du Soleil ski area covers 12 villages in two countries, with over 650km of pistes to suit all levels of skier and snowboarder. The main resorts are Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets and Châtel and each one offers something different, whether you're looking for a traditional village, lively town or ski-in/ski-out conveinience for families.
Le Grand Massif
Drive time from Calais: 8-8¼ hrs
Le Grand Massif is the fourth largest interlinked ski area in France, with 148 pistes and skiing up to 2,5000m. The main resort of Flaine is a popular destination for families, while the smaller villages of Les Carroz, Samoëns and Morillon are perfect for those seeking a picturesque village with a more traditional Savoie feel.
Lake Annecy Ski Resorts
Drive time from Calais: 7¾-8¼ hrs
The French resorts of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt have joined together under the area called the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. The ski areas are all easily accessed via the Autoroute Blanche and are in the Aravis range which reaches the shores of Lake Annecy and is an area of outstanding beauty.
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* Please note that, due to high levels of traffic over the Half Term period, Availability of the FlexiPlus service will be extremely limited for travel on Friday 10th/Saturday 11th February (Folkestone-Calais) and Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th February (Calais-Folkestone). Please contact our office for more information if you are looking to take advantage of the Eurotunnel FlexiPlus service during this period.
We will still have standard tickets available for these dates; however, space books up fast so please make sure you request your preferred dates and times early to avoid disappointment.
** Due to health and safety considerations, access to the FlexiPlus lounge is only available for passengers in standard space vehicles.