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High resorts close to Lyon?

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Ok, so I bit the bullet and reserved a low cost flight to Lyon, 16 Dec to 19 Dec. There are three in our group and we're probably going to rent a car and drive to one of the closer resorts.

We'll leave the choice of the resort until much later but what options do we have within 2-3 hours drive with a reasonable likelihood of snow at that time? (yes I know it's all a lottery in early season, but there's gotta be at least one resort with skiing above 1800-2000m which will have the goods).
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Les Deux Alpes might be best. Glacier on top, for guaranteed snow, and a high altitude resort. Keep an eye on the snow situation there, because the place would be pretty empty that many days before Christmas so I doubt if you need to book.

If there's plenty of snow, nearby Alpe d'Huez (or one of its satellite resorts on the same lift system - Oz / Vaujany) might be even better for you.

You could drive further, to the Haute Savoie, but the southern Alps (as above) would be ideal for a quick trip like that.
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According to the map I have here (saved from the rocketski.com website I think)


Les Arcs /La plagne
3 valleys (surely VT will be open by then)


Errrrm - that's it. Obviously a limited set of resorts!

Ahh, I have a SWF file that's much better - bu it doesn; have much info on resort hieghts, just approximate locations
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Timewise not a lot in it.... 2 hrs 30 to Val Thorens, 2 hrs 15 to 2 Alpes..... and depending on what time of day, given the roadworks around Grenoble, you can add another hour to the 2 Alpes journey. (Only 2 hrs to Bourg Saint Maurice of course, then you could take your pick! Wink )
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PG, I bow to your superior knowledge. I'd always assumed that the southern Alps resorts were significantly closer, timewise, to Lyon. Cedric, the northern Alps will (in a typical winter) get more early snow so PG's advice is good if you want the very best skiing. I'd agree with Bourg as a base if you have a car. You could ski 2 days locally and a couple of days skiing the Val d'Isere / Tignes network.
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Many thanks guys. PG, is the large flat free around that time (and would you rent for a weekend only?)

The only drawback with using Bourg is that one of my colleagues needs serious apres-ski bar action...I remember him singing at 2am in Cervinia last December. And I don't plan to be the designated driver either.
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Cedric, you're 2 1/2 hrs from Lyons to La Rosiere, resort opens 13th Dec and there's usually more than enough snow. If you've got a hire car then the haute Tarentaise is your oyster. We could do you a deal on a per night basis. Check out our details in snowShops.
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Hi Cedric, Trouble is you're overlapping two weeks (11-18, 18-26 Dec)... so can't really see how that can be done. There should be plenty of vacancies though, that early in the season - if I were you I'd leave it late, someone will do you a good deal ... and if all else fails you're welcome to 'rough it' here in the chalet - one double bedroom and a settee going spare!
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Cedric, your dates are fine with us we do Sun to Sun transfers, what time are you getting to Lyons, we could maybe pick you up in our mini-bus, it'll probably work out cheaper than hiring. La Ros in the 1st week of the season is a good place to be, there are usually a few parties as the bars/restuarants open for the season. We're no more than staggering distance from the village centre! If this is of interest PM me & we can work out a deal.
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Cedric, Val D'Isere is about 2 1/2 hours from Lyon airport. A very easy drive. Did it earlier this year.
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Hi Cedric... I just published a list of resorts near to Lyon on j2ski... hope that's useful! I'll be somewhere out of Geneva that weekend; unless there's a disastrous start to the snow you'll have plenty of choice (slopes and accommodation).

Cheers,
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J2Dave, you've got Tignes, Ste Foy, but no Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosière???
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PG wrote:
J2Dave, you've got Tignes, Ste Foy, but no Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosière???


Embarassed Thanks PG ...fink I trampled my data... computers, huh, do exactly what you tell 'em... will fix it in tonights refresh, cheers,

J2Dave...
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Thanks for all the information, guys. We'll be spoilt for choice.

David, I sent you a PM. The minibus option looks very appealing.
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Cedric, If you want to do Les Deux Alpes, pm me. At that time of the season I could probably also pick you up. At that time of year should be 2½ hours to LDA from Lyon. If there are only 3 of you, no problemin the Scorpio!
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