Skiing at Alpe d'Huez nearby Grenoble Airport © L. Salino
Flying into Grenoble for the holidays? Your ski trip just got a little easier! With airlines like EasyJet, Monarch and Jet2 operating flights to the UK, Grenoble Airport is a logical choice. And once you get there, there are loads of ski resorts within easy reach. Rent a car or book a transfer with Ben's Bus Shuttles, which runs shuttles to various nearby ski areas. We've put together a list of easily accessible ski resorts close to Grenoble Airport - whether you're flying with the family or with a group of mates, you're sure to find one that will tempt you. So, what are you waiting for? Let's go skiing!
Just a stone’s throw from Grenoble Airport lies Saint Pierre de Chartreuse, a family-friendly ski resort with a historical village centre and charming après-ski scene. The 35km of slopes are best suited to beginners, but expert skiers have some off-piste terrain to play on.
1 hour drive, 60km
Breathtaking views of the Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors greet skiers and snowboarders at Lans en Vercors. The ski area is best known for its hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. However, the downhill ski area which links up with Villard de Lans and Autrans also has 160km of alpine slopes.
1 hour drive, 70km
Gorgeous tree-lined pistes and stunning views characterise this former Olympic ski resort, a long-time favourite with British skiers and snowboarders. The family-friendly ski area at Chamrousse has a separate section for beginners and children.
1 hour drive, 80km
Learning to ski at © Chamrousse
The Alpe d'Huez ski area, which links up with Vaujany and several other small resorts, is a cosmopolitan ski area with an international vibe and almost 250km of slopes for every level of skier or snowboarder. The ski area is renowned for its highly competent English-speaking ski school instructors, as well as for its freeriding terrain.
1.5 hour drive, 100km
Wide, gentle slopes at Vaujany © K Chaikina
Les Deux Alpes has a snow-sure ski area thanks to its glacier, which also makes it possible to go summer skiing here. Young people flock to this ski resort for the top-notch snow parks, challenging off-piste terrain and wild après-ski scene.
1.5 hour drive, 110km
La Grave is a bit of an eccentric ski area – with just one lift and one or two marked runs, it’s all about the off-piste here! Expert skiers and snowboarders will be in their element in the endless powder – be safe and remember to hire a guide if you don’t know the area!
1.5 hour drive, 120km
La Clusaz links up with the Massif des Aravis ski area to offer a total of about 250km of pistes and some beautiful cross-country trails. Snowboarders can explore the freestyle terrain near the village centre, while beginner skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the sunny slopes a bit higher up.
2 hour drive, 160km
Freestyle snowpark at © La Clusaz
Classy Megève gives access to more than 400km of slopes in the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. With a jam-packed event calendar, a cosy village centre and a bustling atmosphere both on and off the mountain, this family-friendly ski resort is a perennial favourite.
2 hour drive, 160km
The ski area of Serre Chevalier boasts 250km of pistes with reliable snow cover, as well as fantastic off-piste terrain that mostly attracts snowboarders. Visitors to Serre Chevalier will have almost 20 diverse villages to choose from, among them Briançon, which is the highest city in France!
2.5 hour drive, 160km
Stunning views at Serre Chevalier © CANDE
Les Saisies allows relaxed skiing on almost 200km of wide, easy slopes in the Espace Diamant ski area opposite Mont Blanc. The traditional village centre is ski-in, ski-out and gives easy access to the slopes for beginner skiers.
2 hour drive, 170km
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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