Europe offers some of the best ski resorts in the world, so load up the car with all the family or a group of friends, hit the road and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle will whisk you across the channel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. Enjoy the delights of travelling in your own personal space, without having to worry about tedious airport queues and baggage allowance for your ski gear.
So why should you choose a self-drive ski holiday with Le Shuttle? We’ve rounded up a few reasons below!
Enjoy all that France has to offer on your way to or from the slopes. Maybe stop overnight in one of the wine regions and fill your boot with supplies. Or stop to enjoy one of Europe’s many beautiful towns, cities and nature parks.
Taking your car makes it easy to transport your ski gear to and from the slopes, or even change resorts if the snow conditions aren’t great.
No airport transfers
Airport transfers to hotels or resorts can involve waiting on other passengers, baggage issues and other delays, and can involve quite a long trip on a coach. Driving yourself means you can get straight to your accommodation and choose your travel times.
The cost of flights and car hire has significantly increased since the pandemic, making Eurotunnel a much cheaper way to travel to Europe, particularly for groups and families. If you have multiple people in your car it’s likely to work out cheaper than flights.
More room for ski gear
Taking a car allows skiers to pack in more than the amount aircraft baggage allowance permits, which is perfect for those who don’t fancy travelling lightly. Another luggage perk is that you also avoid the airline fees that come with taking additional items like snowboards and skis. Take advantage of tax free shopping too and stock up on the way home.
Driving to a ski resort is great for families. You can stop frequently at service stations and laybys to let the children stretch their legs, and the constant change of scenery can help to keep them occupied. The family car is also a more familiar environment than an airplane, so they’ll find it easier to relax and nod off.
Reduce your carbon footprint
If your car is full of passengers, your carbon emissions will be reduced by up to 67% compared to flying - even less if your car is electric. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle produces on average 2kg of CO2 per car per crossing, compared to 147kg of CO2 for a typical Dover-Calais ferry. That’s 73x less!
Ski Resort Drive Times from Calais
- Le Grand Bornard & La Clusaz (7h35)
- Saint Gervais (7h45)
- Chamonix (7h45)
Eurotunnel customers can also take advantage of an exclusive promotion with Skimium, saving up to 60% off ski equipment rental: