Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
7:15 AM 9th October 2023

Driving To Your French Ski Resort

Europe offers some of the best ski resorts in the world including one of this year's hottest ski destinations: La Clusaz, one of the best kept secrets in the French Alps.

So why not book that trip, load up the car with all the family or a group of friends, hit the road and LeShuttle will whisk you across the channel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes?

Nestled in the Aravis valley, around 20 miles east of Annecy, La Clusaz is one of this year's winter sports hotspots (or, hopefully, coldspots!).

It takes around 8 ½ hours to drive from LeShuttle’s terminal in Calais to La Clusaz, via Arras, Rheims and Dijon. Skirting Lake Annecy, your final approach to La Clusaz takes in spectacular alpine scenery.

So why should you choose a self-drive ski holiday with LeShuttle?

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.
Save money
The cost of flights and car hire has significantly increased since the pandemic, making LeShuttle 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 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.
Family friendly
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. LeShuttle 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!

Book your trip with LeShuttle from £55 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) each way for a Day/Overnight ticket (from 25.09.23 to 22.10.23), £90 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) each way for a Short Stay Saver ticket (valid for 5 calendar days), £112 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) for a Standard ticket (for any duration). One way £269 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) for a Flexiplus ticket, turn up any time and get on the next available train, and access to the club lounge (for any duration). One way. Take your pet from just £22 each way