Grenoble: Easy Access To Leading French Resorts -
Just one hour’s drive from Grenoble Airport is the resort of Les Deux Alpes (1650 metres) with its 220 kilometres of runs reaching a height of 3600 metres. The resort is ideal for all levels, from beginner to expert, with 17 green runs, 31 blue, 11 red, and 11 black. With plenty of high-altitude skiing, the resort also offers reliable snow cover and a glacier (3568 metres) for year-round skiing. The modern town centre of Les Deux Alpes features a good range of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Les Deux Alpes forms part of the Grande Galaxie Ski Area with access to 226 pistes. Other resorts in Grand Galaxie include Briancon (1350 metres), La Grave (1400 metres), Puy Saint Vincent (1400 metres), and Serre Chavalier (1350 metres).
Alpe d'Huez (1860 metres) is within an hour’s drive of Grenoble Airport. It offers 236 kilometres of pisted runs for all levels, including 32 green, 30 blue, 26 red, and 13 black. The traditional French town offers plenty of après ski options, too, and is particularly popular with families. The resort is part of the Grandes Rousses Ski Area with access to 273 pistes and is linked to the resorts of Auris-en-Oisans (1600 metres), Oz-en-Oisans (1350 metres), and Vaujany (1250 metres).
The old spa town of Brides-les-Bains (600 metres) is also one hour from Grenoble which is one of the biggest resorts in the region. Although there is no skiing at the resort itself, it offers access to 600 kilometres of pistes connected by 196 lifts. The three-stage Olympe gondola links the town with Les Allues and Meribel in the Three Valleys.
Courchevel (1300 – 1850 metres) is 1.5 hours from Grenoble Airport. It is one of the most expensive resorts in the French Alps. The largest of Couchevel’s four villages is set at 1850 and offers a wide choice of top hotels, fine dining, and shopping. Courchevel has 150 kilometres of downhill pistes reaching a height of 2740 metres. It is ideal for all ability levels with 26 green runs, 29 blue, 36 red, and 11 black.
Snowboarders flock to Courcheval for its snow and terrain parks. Courchevel forms part of the world’s biggest ski area: the Three Valleys with its 600 kilometres of downhill skiing connected by 200 lifts. Courchevel is directly linked with the neighbouring resorts of Les Menuires, Meribel, Saint Martin de Belleville, La Tania, and Val Thorens.
Les Menuires (1850 metres) is one of the least expensive towns in the Three Valleys. It remains a largely French resort with some good restaurants and bars both on and off the slopes. It is easily accessibly, just 27 kilometres from Moutiers’ TGV station.
Meribel (1450 metres) is in the middle of the Three Valleys and is particularly popular with Brits. Young skiers and riders flock to the wide selection of bars and clubs. Accommodation is mainly apartments and chalets. The purpose-built resort of Valmorel is made up of a series of small villages and has a car-free centre. It is popular with French families and the majority of pistes cater to beginners and intermediates.
Surrounded by pine forest, the modern resort of La Tania (1350 metres) offers a quieter atmosphere than neighbouring Meribel, and is mostly made up of chalets and apartments. The highest ski resort in Europe – Val Thorens (2300 metres) – offers skiing for all levels, from its wide gentle beginners slopes to challenging moguls and glacier skiing. Snowboarders will also enjoy the snowpark and excellent off-piste. Apres ski is confined to a small selection of bars and restaurants.