The most popular ski resorts near Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is one of the larger international airports in France. An advantage of this airport is that the distances to popular French ski areas are relatively small so that you will be at your destination quite quickly. Finding a cheap flight should not be very difficult as many prizefighters fly at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.

Ski resort Monts Jura (beginners & family)

The Monts Jura ski area is located in the French part of the Jura. The Monts Jura consists of several small areas that are close together but are not contiguous. The quiet area is mainly a ski area for beginners. The villages of Crozet, La Vattay, Lelex, Menthiéres and Mijoux together form the ski area.

Characteristics of the ski area
Varied and fun slopes ensure that many winter sports enthusiasts are positively surprised by this ski area. The ski area will appeal to many winter sports enthusiasts who love beautiful pistes between the trees but are not too difficult. The ski area has a good mix of red, blue and green slopes.

You can find the town Menthiéres in the same valley as Lelex. It is an area with excellent pistes that is served by four lifts. The advantage of this area is that it is often a bit quieter here than in the rest of the ski area.

A real beginners area can be found in the village of Mijoux in the valley. The town has a connection to the Col de Faucille. Regarding snow, this area is excellent, and in combination with the beautiful views, this is an attractive alternative to the busy areas in the Alps. You have a panorama view of Lake Geneva and behind it the Alpine Ridge from all areas. Regarding mountains, this area is certainly not inferior to other mountain areas in the area.

Distance from the airport to the ski area
Lyon Airport is just under two hours away. Although Geneva Airport is a lot closer, Lyon Airport has a lot more possibilities finding cheap flights. So more attractive for winter sports enthusiasts who want to book a ticket. If you can find a ticket for Geneva Airport, then that is the best choice regarding travel time to the ski area.


Ski resort Alpe d’Huez – Grand Domaine (advanced)

We know the Alpe d’Huez mainly from the Tour de France with the whole bunch of Dutch cycling fans on the winding mountain, but you can also ski very well on de Alpe d’Huez. The slopes are steep, and those who are looking for beautiful ‘off-piste’ slopes do not have to look any further.

Characteristics of the ski area
The ski area is especially suitable for advanced skiers. For beginners, the area is not ideal. Although the first slopes above the village of Alpe d’Huez are simple green slopes, it is true that these first ski runs are foothills of the higher black runs. That these slopes are not suitable for novice skiers is mainly because the experienced skiers use these slopes to ski with high-speed downhill. Dangerous situations are therefore regularly caused by the difference in speed. So it is not the most pleasant area to practice your first turns.

The infamous black “Tunnel” runs from the Pic Blanc through the mountain. On top of the Pic Blanc is also the longest black run in Europe, the Sarenne. A challenge and you got to have an excellent condition to control this track.
In addition to the black and red runs, there are also off-piste runs that are among the best in the world in terms of opportunities. To complete these descents well it is wise to ask for help from local guides. And if all this is not enough for you, the area also offers internationally known ‘fun parks’.

The slopes are characterised by the higher they go, the steeper it gets. If you want to enjoy some more peaceful villages than villages such as Oz, Oisans and Vaujany, are something for you. All in all, the ski area is a challenging area that is perfect for the experienced skier who loves speed.

Distance from the airport to the ski area
You can reach the destination via the A48 within 105 minutes. Travel distance is 143 kilometres. If you find a good ticket, you can also fly to Grenoble Airport. The distance between the airport and the ski area is 106 kilometres. offers free airport information through its own websites and partners. The use of this data is only permitted for non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is mentioned. Use for commercial purposes requires permission from, see the disclaimer.