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 new 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. 

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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. 

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Ski Resorts Nearest Calais

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

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1. Saint Gervais: A 551 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 25 minutes*

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, showshoe hiking, climbing, ice skating, paragliding, ski jeering, hot air ballooning, swimming pool, thermal spa 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. It’s 551 miles, including 536 miles on motorways, and costs around 74 euros in tolls.

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2. Le Grand Bornand: A 496 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 28 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

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

Le Grand Bornand is good for intermediates, snowboarders and families (Le Grand Bornand 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. It’s 539 miles, including 514 miles on motorways, and costs around 71 euros in tolls.

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3. Chamrousse: A 558 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 32 minutes*

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. Chamrousse has stunning views and many tree-lined, forest runs. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledging and ice diving are just some of the winter activities on offer.

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

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4. Chamonix: A 560 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 33 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

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

Chamonix is 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 in Chamonix's extensive range.

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

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5. Samoens: A 502 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 36 minutes*

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...as French villages go, it is one of the prettiest, listed as a historic monument, and nestling at the base of seven mountains" in The Guardian. Samoens is best for beginners, intermediates and free-riders. The resort has many great options for après-ski with 30 restaurants, 15 bars, cinema, shops and a tea room.

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

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6. Les Gets: A 543 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 38 minutes*

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 (Les Gets has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). For après-ski Les Gets has restaurants, shops, cinema, several bars, a nightclub and bowling.

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

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7. Morzine: A 547 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 46 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

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

Morzine is good for beginners, intermediates and families (Morzine has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). 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, including 508 miles on motorways, and costs around 70 euros in tolls.

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8. Les Carroz d’Araches: A 553 mile journey in approximately 8 hours 58 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

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

Les Carroz d'Araches is good for intermediates, snowboarders and families (Les Carroz has the Famille Plus label). For après-ski, the resort has 27 restaurants and bars, 1 nightclub, 1 cinema and their own 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.

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

 

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