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Driving to your Ski Holiday Resort


Driving can save you money, especially if you have 4 or 5 people in the car. Rising petrol and diesel costs have made this option less economical, but as it is possible to travel from the Midlands to the French Alps and back on 3 tankfulls it is still a good option, particularly when combined with  cheap accommodation deals and  free lift passes. One of our favourite destinations is  Chamrousse as it is a very easy drive, only 45 minutes from Grenoble.

You will need to consider:

  • Insurance - Check if you are covered for driving abroad, you will probably have to take out extra cover*

  • Two drivers on the policy in case of accident.

  • Breakdown Cover

  • Snow chains - Obligatory by law. Buy a folding snow shovel for emergencies as well

  • Warning Triangle and reflective vest - Obligatory by law

  • Headlight Adaptors

  • Ferry or Eurotunnel booking and costs

  • Overnight accommodation to break the journey

The advantages of driving include:

  • Door to door

  • No checking in your baggage and paying for carriage

  • Use your car while you are in the resort - Handy for shopping trips to supermarkets

  • Use your car as a ski locker if you park near the slopes

  • Freedom to leave the resort at a time to suit yourselves

  • Bring back as much Duty Free as you can fit in

The disadvantages of driving include:

  • Strenuous on the driver - consider sharing the driving

  • Can be cramped, but wise packing can minimise this

  • Can take longer

  • Cost of overnight stops

All in all considering the freedom and combining it with excellent accommodation deals and no airport delays, this has become the method of choice for us here at 'First Time Skier' for 2 week Ski Holidays.

* If you drive abroad a lot it is possible to get breakdown and insurance cover that will cover you in Europe as well for little extra cost. Some companies will charge you a lot extra for adding this to your policy if you are not already covered.

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