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The French Alps ski specialist

The best French Alps ski resorts near the UK

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Calais is the gateway to France for many driving down to the Alps. If you take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone then you'll arrive in Calais. Our ski holidays come with a standard Eurotunnel crossing and we offer a free FlexiPlus upgrade at most dates. Great access to the motorway from Calais means it’s easy to get straight on with the drive to the mountains!

Why Calais?

There a host of benefits to travelling with Eurotunnel (the FlexiPlus lounges being one of them). The drive from Calais to the mountains can be done in one day (the route from Calais is mostly motorway). However, if you’re travelling with children or just want to break up your journey, you could look at an overnight stop. We can arrange en-route accommodation for you in Laon, Reims, Dijon, Beaune, Annecy, Albertville, Chambery, Grenoble and many other locations. 

Getting to Calais

As well as the Eurotunnel from Folkstone to Calais, you could take a ferry from Dover to Calais. If it's more convenient, we also offer travel with other ferry operators, for example, Brittany Ferries who operate ferries to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, St Malo and Roscoff - just ask us for details. 

Ski Resorts Nearest Calais

To save you time researching we’ve created a list of the best ski resorts near Calais...

1. Saint Gervais: 551 miles (approx 8 hours 25 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 219 slopes (37 green, 63 blue, 84 red, 33 black)
  • 445km pistes
  • 83 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Saint Gervais is great for beginners, intermediates, snowboarders, non-skiers and families (Saint Gervais has the Famille Plus label). Tramway du Mont-Blanc, hiking, climbing, ice skating, paragliding, thermal spas and the Mont Blanc baths, are just some of the activities offered in Saint Gervais.

Journey Facts: The quickest and cheapest route is via the A6. The 551 miles includes 536 miles on motorways and costs around 74 euros in tolls.

Le Grand Bornard

2. Le Grand Bornand: 496 miles (approx 8 hours 28 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 131 slopes (36 green, 45 blue, 44 red, 10 black)
  • 220km pistes
  • 80 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2100m

Good for intermediates, snowboarders and families. The resort has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA). Le Grand Bornand's après-ski options include 30 restaurants and bars in the village plus 15 altitude restaurants.

Journey Summary: The quickest and cheapest route is via the A6. 514 of the miles are on motorways and costs around 71 euros in tolls.

Chamrousse

3. Chamrousse: 558 miles (approx 8 hours 32 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 41 slopes (8 green, 14 blue, 13 red, 6 black)
  • 90km pistes
  • 18 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2250m

Chamrousse is good for beginners and intermediates. Think stunning views and tree-lined, forest runs. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice diving are some of the winter activities on offer.

Journey Summary: The quickest and cheapest route is via the A26 and A6. It’s 558 miles (531 miles on motorways) and costs around 78 euros in tolls.

Chamonix

4. Chamonix: 560 miles (approx. 8 hours 33 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 69 slopes (8 green, 28 blue, 20 red, 10 black)
  • 110km pistes
  • 39 lifts
  • Top resort height of 3864m

Well-suited for expert skiers and snowboarders. There's plenty to do in Chamonix, from visiting the famous Mer de Glace or the Aiguille du Midi, to enjoying one of the many restaurants, bars and shops.

Journey Summary:  The quickest and cheapest route is via the A6. It’s 560 miles (544 miles on motorways) and costs around 74 euros in tolls.

Samoens

5. Samoens: 502 miles (approx 8 hours 36 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 144 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black)
  • 265km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2500m

Journalist Jane Knight described Samoens as, "both a ski resort and a typical French village. This is the real France, full of colourful locals..." in The Guardian. Samoens is best for beginners, intermediates and free-riders. 

Journey Summary: The quickest and cheapest route is via the A26 and A5. It’s 502 miles (414 miles on motorways) and costs around 59 euros in tolls.

6. Les Gets: 543 miles (approx 8 hours 38 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 280 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black)
  • 650km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Les Gets is great for beginners, intermediates and families and has the Famille Plus and the Top of the French Alps labels. For après-ski, there's restaurants, a cinema, several bars, a nightclub and bowling.

Journey Summary: The quickest and cheapest route is via the A6. It’s 543 miles (508 miles on motorways) and costs around 70 euros in tolls.

7. Morzine: 547 miles (approx 8 hours 46 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 280 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black)
  • 650km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Good for beginners, intermediates and families - it also has the Famille Plus and the Top of the French Alps labels. The après-ski options at Morzine are the 10 altitude restaurants, lots of bars, 2 cinemas, clubs, shops, etc.

Journey Summary:  The quickest and cheapest route is via the A6. It’s 547 miles (508 miles on motorways) and costs around 70 euros in tolls.

8. Les Carroz d’Araches: 553 miles (approx. 8 hours 58 mins)*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 145 slopes (20 green, 64 blue, 50 red, 14 black)
  • 245km pistes
  • 71 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2840m

Good for intermediates, snowboarders and families - it is a Famille Plus resort. For après-ski, there are restaurants and bars, a nightclub and cinema. Look out for the DJ on the floodlit Timalet slope on selected dates.

Journey Summary:  The quickest route is via the A26 and A39. It’s 553 miles, including 481 miles on motorways, and costs around 72 euros in tolls.

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*Transfer times and journey summaries have been calculated using 'Via Michelin Maps & Route Planner'.

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