Skiing holidays: 6 ways to survive the drive to the Alps
With a cheeky overnight stop in France, most Alps
resorts are driveable from the UK - saving you dosh
in airfares and excess baggage. Here's how to do it without drama
1. Get involved with some Flexiplus action
If you're travelling via the Eurotunnel, the Flexiplus ticket is the ticket of the ski season. It gives you priority boarding on the next available train - incredibly helpful if you're held up and miss your intended departure, or if, by some miracle, you arrive early.
2. Grab <gulp> snow chains, warning triangles, and beam adaptors
"Particularly, remember snow chains. This has never happened to us, but apparently French police stop you from ascending if it's snowing and you don't have chains."
3. Have a dry run first
Practice fitting snow chains at home first - if you do need to put them on, you'll have a rough idea of what you're doing. Also, remember you'll need them on sooner than locals, who will be driving in snow tyres and well used to the conditions.
4. Treat yourself to a toll-busting gizmo
5. Strategically plot your overnight stops
"You can miss
the worst of the traffic by
stopping for the night
where the motorway ends (Grenoble,
Chambery, etc). You can then get to the slopes before the charter and
transfer buses get there. And on the way back, you can have a full day's
skiing and also miss the traffic."
6. Finally - remember FOOD
Have something for dinner lurking in the boot, even if it's just a bag of pasta and some tinned tomatoes/pesto.
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