Discover skiing in Isère in the heart of the French Alps.
Isère, France's third biggest ski area, has got our pulses racing! With everything from pretty villages to lively resorts and glacier skiing to offer, there is something for everyone.
Located in the heart of the beautiful French Alps, Isère is France’s third biggest mountain destination. Best known for the resorts of Alpe d'Huez and Les 2 Alpes, it has no fewer than 23 ski resorts in its four famous massifs - Belledonne, Chartreuse, Vercors and Oisans - which will not disappoint with incredible scenery and views, great amounts of snow, family-friendly facilities and accommodation.
Peak Retreats features bustling Les 2 Alpes, family friendly Vaujany, great value Chamrousse, hidden gem villages like Villard de Lans/Corrençon and Les 7 Laux, whose slopes are highly-rated by locals, and also international Alpe d'Huez through our sister company Ski Collection. These six resorts offer a wide variety of skiing and accommodation to suit all party types and budget.
Getting There: An Ideal Location
Lying at the gateway to the Alps, Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport boasts an ideal location and superb transport links to discover the diversity of the Isère area. Direct transfers to the main resorts can have you donning your skis in as little as two hours from touch down. Take a direct private transfer (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats) or hire a car from Grenoble (also pre-bookable). Flights can be booked independently (we don't book these) through major airlines such as easyJet, Jet2, British Airways etc - our 'flying' page has more details.
Isère Ski Resorts
All of these resorts have been awarded the prestigious Famille plus Montagne quality hallmark by the French Ministry of Tourism. Both kids and parents can enjoy a special welcome and top-notch facilities specifically geared to families, and activities that the whole family can enjoy together.
Les 2 Alpes - just a 1-hour drive from Grenoble (75km) - is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery and has slopes on both sides of the resort so you’re never far from a lift.
- High-altitude skiing with an excellent snow record
- Les Deux Alpes has one of the largest glaciers in the Alps and is Europe’s largest summer-skiing area
- It has above-average sunshine conditions
- It’s excellent for all standards of skiing, with massive off-piste potential
- There’s very good après ski with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs...
- ...equally, its very family friendly - it holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its children’s facilities
- Winner European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015
The typically French resort of Les 7 Laux (translated as 7 Lakes) is in a great accessible location and is made up of 3 lift-linked villages and has access to 120km of piste in the Belledonne mountains.
- Very short transfer - 35 minutes from Grenoble
- Home to one of the best rated snow parks in France
- A good size Nordic park, with marked slopes for classic & skating nordic skiing and snowshoeing
- All 3 of the resort villages are lift-linked
- Treelined skiing below 2000m
- Top height of 2400m and 120kms of piste
- Superior self-catered accommodation with indoor pool, hammam, sauna, and hot tub
Villard de Lans is connected to Corrençon and these two lift-linked villages form the Espace Villard-Correncon ski area, the largest and highest Alpine area of the Vercors. Villard is a lively village with a large market centre including lovely mountain restaurants, bars and shops.
- Typical and traditional French ski resort
- Year round working village resort with market
- Awarded the Famille Plus label
- Great ski resort for families and mixed ability groups with 125km of varied level piste
- Near Correncon en Vercors, which stands against the backdrop of the largest Natural Reserve in France.
- The area offers an array of celebrated and protected local produce; Grenoble walnuts, Picodon cheese (goats cheese), the Clairette de Die and the Châtillons en Diois wines, Fario trout, and Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage cheese.
- Visit the dairy co-operative to see how the Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage cheese has been produced for over 600 years!
Vaujany is a very pretty, charming and peaceful village built on a sunny slope in an area where a micro-climate ensures optimum sunshine conditions.
- There’s first-class skiing for all, with excellent snow conditions
- Part of the Alpe d'Huez ski area
- It’s one of the best resorts for children - it holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its children’s facilities
- The Southern Alps climate means above average sunshine
- The 160 person cable car transports you to 2,800m in just 15 minutes
- Aside from the skiing, there are two fantastic free museums, a magnificent Leisure Centre with swimming pool, bowling, spa and indoor climbing wall.
- Lots going on in the village with storytelling evenings, carriage rides and disco parties for the whole family.
Chamrousse - just 30km from Grenoble - features a varied alpine ski area set among attractive fir trees. It's a popular resort for young families or families taking to the mountains for the first time.
- Easily accessible - one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps
- Attractive village with stunning 360°C panorama views of the surrounding mountains & Grenoble
- It extends on two levels: Chamrousse 1650 (Recoin) and Chamrousse 1750-1700 (Roche Béranger - Bachat-Bouloud) linked by ski slopes and forest tracks
- It holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its children’s facilities
- Try the fun Family park and enjoy thrills together in a safe environment, or for youngsters growing in skills and confidence, the Kids park has a jump area, an obstacle course and a parallel slalom.
- This resort is famous for being the host of the Winter Olympic Games in 1968 when the famous French skier Jean-Claude Killy won three gold medals
- Quality family time isn’t confined to the piste – there’s also sunset sledging, dog-sledding trips and snowmobiling too.
Alpe d'Huez is known around the world thanks to the Tour de France. It's has been growing since the 1930s on a large sunny plateau (1860m) above the tree line. Alpe d'Huez is bookable through our sister company Ski Collection.
- A friendly ski resort with a lively atmosphere
- On average, Alpe d’Huez is lucky enough to get an impressive 300 days of sunshine per year!
- Snow cover guaranteed the whole season thanks to 1000 snow cannons
- The 250km of piste skiing is spread over a huge area, providing endless opportunities and terrain for all levels of skier and boarder (including an incredible vertical drop!)
- Excellent for beginners can access the nursery slopes without a lift pass, and families will love the two new fun play skiing areas.
- Ski the famous 16km Sarenne black slope, the longest in Europe
- Exceptional off-piste area
- It holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its children’s facilities
- Plenty of events designed for children such as carnival parades, lantern processions, fireworks, concerts, face-painting and ice sculptures.
- Home to the new Camp de Base food destination, serving street food and putting local produce in the spotlight.
Did you know?...
The 286km long Isère river gives its name to the region. Its source is on the glacier under the Grande Aiguille Rousse in the Vanoise National Park near Val d’Isère (which incidentally isn’t actually in Isère). The river then crosses the Savoie, runs through Isère’s main city, Grenoble, and ends in the Rhône river.