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3v to verbier

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Dreaming/scheming options for next season. Whats the best/options/tips for driving from 3v to verbier.


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@WASHOUT, What is the weather forecast ?
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Will be late December approx 18th so no mountain passes.
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@WASHOUT, If you don't want to use any mountain passes then just go to Geneva and drive around the lake.

The cols des Montets and Forclaz are normally fine during the winter. I would probably go through the Val d'Arly and see whether they are open, there is a sign in Megeve that gives the status. If closed then just take the autoroute to Geneva.
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Surely Albertville - Chamonix - Martigny unless the Forclaz Pass is closed?
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denfinella wrote:
Surely Albertville - Chamonix - Martigny unless the Forclaz Pass is closed?
Forclaz will be open, low possibility the Montets will be closed, but you will know when you set off - detour at Ugine, via annecy and round the Lake (Geneva) is fastest.
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Well, I suspect that you'd end up going back to Geneva Airport and then 'round Lake Geneva to Martigny-Le Chable-Verbier. ViaMichelin says it's 4 hours.

The direct route is of course via Chamonix but you'd have to get over the Col des Montets and the Forclaz pass. That route can be closed due to both avalanches and rock falls as well as the usual snow. You'd want you car to have full winter tyres and obviously, be carrying chains. No way I'd want to do it on summer tyres.

If you don't have parking at the accommodation, then you'd might consider parking down at the Le Chable combined station/gondola/parking complex, then hopping on the télécabine/PostBus to get into central Verbier, as public parking there can be pricey and limited.
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Mountain passes is ok i just wouldn't want to be the idiot following Google maps up the road that closed during the winter. Will be driving with winter tyres and chains in the boot.
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Planning on the PSB then using up my free lift passes for 3v & 4v and driving home on Xmas eve.
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Can you buy the vignette online before driving out?
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WASHOUT wrote:
Can you buy the vignette online before driving out?


You don’t need the Vignette if you drive via Chamonix (nicer drive IMO). And easy to pick up at GVA border if you come via that route. Fit in an early season Vallée Blanche en Route!
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WASHOUT wrote:
Can you buy the vignette online before driving out?


I've bought online from tolltickets.com several times...
https://www.tolltickets.com/en/country/products?doing_wp_cron=1616819932.0592200756072998046875
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Do i need a vignette for driving home to the UK from verbier?
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WASHOUT wrote:
Do i need a vignette for driving home to the UK from verbier?

Depends on what route you choose, you could just go back to Chamonix and onto the autoroute from there.
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WASHOUT wrote:
Do i need a vignette for driving home to the UK from verbier?


What he said ^^^

But if you’re in a hurry it’s about an hour quicker via the Lausanne / Pontarlier route and more weather secure.
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Also, if you buy a vignette in mid-late December 2021, they should be then be selling the 2022 one which would remain valid until end of January 2023... so pretty good value if you’re likely to be back out again in that timeframe...
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WASHOUT wrote:
Do I need a vignette for driving home to the UK from verbier?

I'd say yes. For the route that we use, ViaMichelin says it's about 65 minutes quicker with a vignette vs without. The link uses the route we take (same as BobinCH) which is Martigny - Lausanne - Exit Besancon/Vallorbe/Orbe - Doubs CH:F Border - Pontarlier - Besançon - A39 to Dijon and north to Calais. ViaMichelin calculates this as 08h50m driving, 853 km, €172.43 (fuel + tolls + CH vignette).

The alternative if you want to stick to motorways would be to go west from Lausanne, across to Bourg-en-Bresse. It's longer but if the weather was really bad, then you might prefer it. Although the scariest drive I've ever done was on the autoroute around Lake Geneva in the middle of a weekday rush hour, in snow and deep slush with everyone else doing 'normal' motorway speeds. We actually elected to go over the 1100m pass from Doubs to Pontarlier, we were so terrified. Although the pass was packed snow, everyone was driving really sensibly and our very mixed small convoy made it fine, without needing chains. In fact, the only car that didn't make it was a Toyota with chains on (I assume with summer tyres): as we ascended, it was alternating tarmac-snow-tarmac and he just couldn't cope on the tarmac segments and turned 'round. I assume everyone else had winter tyres on.

You can get vignettes at most border crossings. Personally, I like to order ours online before I go from the Swiss Tourist Office - coz' I'm like that. As mentioned, it's valid for a calendar year plus the following January (there's no short-stay option).

@WASHOUT If this is your first time self-driving, I did a blog post on our rental website discussing preparation which has some possibly useful info and links, see 'Self-drive to the Swiss Alps: Preparation'.


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You can also get vignettes at most petrol stations, the one at the roundabout at the bottom of the Forclaz in Martigny had them in the past.
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