Grenoble is an awesome starting point for ski and snowboard. Of the big stations, Alpe d'Huez and Deux Alpes are easily accessible. For Alpe d'Huez, my favourite spot, consider going to Vaujany, Oz, or Villard Reculas for your lift pass, you'll save yourself 20 mins of driving!
The three valleys is accessible via Orelle on the motorway, from where you take the 3 valleys express over to Val Thorens. To get to Courchevel valley in roughly the same amount of time, go to Le Praz and take the long "Foret" lift up.
There are also many nice, smaller stations in the Grenoble area that international tourists might not have heard of. Locals use Villard de Lans and Prapoutel, which are big enough for a good day out and very close by. Chamrousse is good for skiing, but not my favourite spot for snowboarding because there are many annoying flat areas to cross if you want to get from one side to the other.
We are putting together a web page with all the ski stations in the area, you'll find it at www.ski-grenoble.net. If you have any feedback about the page, drop us a line!
Le sport le plus à la mode à Grenoble et dans la région est probablement le hockey. C'est aussi le plus spécifique.
Grenoble est dotée d'une superbe patinoire (Pôle Sud), où l'équipe des Bruleurs de loups défends âprement les couleurs de la ville.
The most fashionable sport in Grenoble and in the region is probably the hockey. It is also the most specific.
Grenoble is endowed with a superb rink (Pole Sud - South Pole), where the team of Les bruleurs de Loups (the Burners of wolves) defends the colors of the city bitingly.
Grenoble était ville olympique en 1968 pour les jeux d'hivers.
En 2006, un hommage appuyé lui a été rendu à l'occasion des jeux de Turins, la métropole italienne voisine. A cette occasion, la vasque le la flamme de 1968 à été rallumée par Marielle Goitchel, championne olympique française de cette époque.
Grenoble was Olympic city in 1968 for the games of winters.
In 2006, a supported homage returned him on the occasion of the games of Turin, the neighboring Italian metropolis. To this opportunity, the basin the the flame of 1968 to been relighted by Marielle Goitchel, champion Olympic French of this time.
All sports are practiced in Grenoble. Visitors that come to live in Grenoble for a while are specially attracted by ski. From Grenoble it is easy and fast to reach a great deal of ski stations. There are more than 150 ski station that can be reached in less than 1 hour and a half.
In Isère, Chamrousse (20 km), L'Alpe d'Huez (101 km), Les Deux Alpes (116 km), Villard de Lans and others
In Savoie, Les Arcs, Le Corbier, Les Karellis, Les Ménuires, Pralognan la Vanoise, Val d'Isère, Valloire and many others.
In Haute-Savoie, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Megève, Saint Gervais and many others.
In Hautes-Alpes, Montgenèvre, Serre-Chevalier and others.
Grenoble est une ville ancrée dans la tradition montagnarde. Plusieurs Via Ferrata ont été crées, pour apprendre la montagne, ou s'entraîner. L'une d'entre elle est au coeur de la ville puisqu'elle permet, depuis le bord du Drac, de monter jusqu'à la Bastille.
Grenoble is a city anchored in the tradition highlander. Several Via Ferratas were created, to learn the mountain, or to train. One among her is at the heart of the city since it permits, since the side of the Drac, to go up until the Bastille.
There are cheap buses that leave from the Grenoble bus terminal (next to the train station) everyday during winter taking you to the many close ski resorts around grenoble e.g Les 2 Aples, Alpes d'Huez, Chamrousse, Les 7 laux.
Extensive path system, path are well marked so with a map and common sense it's almost impossible to get lost! There are also nice small villages worth the visit. Here is a site that has a lot of information: http://www.braemoor.co.uk/chartreuse/index.htm
Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes, hat and sunglasses in Summer, snowshoes in winter. Hiking poles can be useful.
About 20 km from Grenoble, there is one of the most famous paragliding spot, in Saint Hilaire Du Touvet. Easy to practice in "biplace" for a good price.But if you have more money and time it is worthy to do the "initiation trainning" , and the third day you will fly ALONE!! A bit scary when you see the 700 meters cliff where you should take off from. But people there are pros and this is safe.
Equipment: Good shoes... Good mental!!
The school provide the equipment.
Grenoble is a good "entry point" for skiing (main of the resorts in the Alps are easy to reach from Grenoble), climbing, hang-gliding ....
30 minutes to 1 hour (by car or bus) requested.
Ok I agree it is not natural to be flying like that, very strong sensations (for me at least). It was Icare's dream.