Time for a ski break

Time for a ski breakFrance and the French Alps offer some of the best ski conditions you‘ll ever find, so being able to access great ski resorts within a reasonable drive time from Calais is great news.

Of course you’ll need to take the car ferry to France on one of the Dover Calais ferries as you’ll have so much stuff to take with you. Within 90 minutes you’ll be in France and on your way, looking forward to reaching your ski resort and marvelling at the spectacular scenery and stunning alpine views. Apart from great skiing, you will of course be also enjoying delicious French cuisine and world-famous wines.

France has hundreds of kilometres of ski slopes, in some of the most spectacular mountains in the world where it’s actually possible to ski all year round.

Here are some resorts you might want to consider driving down to, some are great for the whole family with all the amenities that requires, while others cater more for the expert skier or those looking for more varied entertainment. So, load up the car and catch the ferry to Calais!

Les Arcs

Take Les Arcs, one of the most talked about ski resorts in recent years since the building of the Arc 1950 village a few years ago. Located just below the Aiguille Rouge there are spectacular views of Mont Blanc, where the first and best snow falls. It’s in the heart of the Les Arcs ski domain, one of the most extensive and varied ski areas of the world.Montgen+¿vre


Unlike many modern ski resorts Chamonix isn’t a purpose built ski resort and is blessed with not only an internationally renowned ski area but also an elegant, cosmopolitan and bustling town centre. This makes Chamonix much more than just another ski resort keeping much of its original mountain charm as it sits majestically at the foot of the Mont Blanc in the French Alps.

It’s widely regarded as the climbing, and more recently skiing, capital of the world. It’s where the first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 and, as an area of outstanding natural beauty, it offers much to the adventurous skier and sightseer alike.


You’ll be enchanted by the charm of Sainte-Foy, a typical alpine village, with cosy traditional stone-and wood-built chalets as well as breathtaking views across to Mont Pourri.

Whether you’re a skier or boarder, you’ll love the varied terrain of Sainte-Foy. There are acres to explore just a few metres from the pistes, amongst the pines trees, and on the numerous off-piste routes, such as Le Monal and the infamous north face of Fogliettaz.

Sainte Foy is an intriguing and unexpectedly challenging area close to the Italian border, on the road up to Val d’Isère from Bourg-St-Maurice. The village is small and quaint and there are only a handful of lifts. But the terrain, almost entirely in the trees and much of it off-piste, is challenging. Heli-skiers often return from the Italian slopes across the border, via some of Sainte Foy’s outlying slopes.

From the moment the Dover ferry arrives in France you’ll be on your way to some great skiing and unbeatable scenery.

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