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First half term drive down (with kids!)

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Me too, just organized green cards, high viz vests etc.

@pam w, I was being flippant but sometimes that doesn't come across on a forum very well, possibly not as well as your trumpet blowing.
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@always29, we will be in La Clusaz for half term as well with two boys 7 & 11 going for their second snowboarding holiday. We went to la Clusaz last year and the drive was fine, very easy resort to get to. The only hairy but was constantly going on and out of tunnels and the side winds on our T5 camper
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We drive from Ireland through Europe via UK twice per year in camper/car. Have been since kids were 5mth old...eldest now 14....night driving every time....I find it relaxing with a bit of jazz and everyone else quietly subdued with red bull and espresso to hand...going to ADH on 15th Feb...good luck on your first trip I can...excited to building I'd say!!!
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Bowed to all your wisdom and have got 2 rooms booked in Reims on the way down. On way back we've managed to find a family room in Maçon so booked that.

In for a penny and all that, we've now also booked for the the SFaB so will get rooms for that booked now but much further than Reims as kids off school so can head off early Friday from London.

Only 5 weeks to go Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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Gazzza wrote:
I think general rule is the further you can get Friday the better. We're in a similar position to you (similar age kids), leaving from school pick up (in our case 10 mins form m25 jnc10) @ 3.30, also flexiplus. Our overnight is booked for just past Troyes. Hope to be there by midnight (which will be 11pm on our bodyclock time).



@gazza Where do you stay when you get to Troyes? might try that myself in a few weeks time with 2 wee'uns.
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I think general rule is the further you can get Friday the better

For me, the general rule is aim to arrive in resort after the main rush if you can't get there before. With kids, I'd go for the latter - skiing from the car on the first Saturday isn't a restful way to start the holiday. Same applies when you leave - don't aim to leave at 9 am if you want to avoid traffic! A lot depends on weather, of course. I don't know whether there's any scientific basis for the impression that big snowfalls often happen Friday/Saturday......
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Personally I would breathe a big sigh of relief to be on the other side of the Channel and drive for only about an hour staying at a hotel/inn north of Reims (St Quentin/Arras/Lons) and giving yourselves a breather and time for some supper. In the morning the drive down from there is only about 7 hours or so, so even with a relaxed start you should be in resort by tea time and unstressed to boot!
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