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Chalet Etoile Polaire - Getting There

By air: New this season, flying direct into Sion Airport and operating from several UK regional airports is a service offered by Powdair. Sion Airport is only a short 20 minute taxi ride away from Les Collons. There are also multiple daily fights operating to Geneva (Cointrin) from most of the major UK and European airports. UK carriers include British Airways, Swiss Air, Air France and budget airlines Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Flybe. Other European connections include Zurich, Berne, Basle-Mulhouse, also Chambery (France) and Milan (Italy).

By train or bus: Regular services (SBB Swiss Rail) operate from Geneva Airport to Sion and the rail station is within the airport terminal. Tickets can be purchased on the spot see www.sbb.ch and you can relax and enjoy fantastic views of Lac Leman en route and then take an onward taxi transfer to the chalet from Sion station. There is another option of taking the train all the way, catching Eurostar to Paris and from there using SNCF French Rail to Geneva and Swiss Rail to Sion see www.tgv.co.uk

Taxis are available at Sion Rail station and there are new proposed shuttle bus services which will operate from local Sion Airport, less than 20 minutes ride from the chalet. Post bus services run up the mountain on a regular basis during the daytime as well.

By car: Car hire is available from Geneva Airport and rentals can be organised with any of the main car hire companies. Rental desks are situated in the main arrivals hall with a shuttle bus service operating to (P51) underground parking 5 minutes away from the terminal. The journey to the chalet from Geneva should take no more than 2 hours in total (driving at comfortable speed) via the A9 motorway to Sion. It is a straightforward 20 minute car journey from Sion to Les Collons via a wide mountain road.

Self drive: If you prefer to take your own car, the drive from Calais to Sion will take about 9/10 hours (approximately 530 miles). Itís a good opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery en route and you can plan the journey using www.viamichelin.com or www.theaa.com/travelwatch. In Switzerland snow chains are required by law in winter. The main roads are kept well cleared and chains are not often necessary but they should be stowed in the boot at all times.