Train rides to ski resorts from France?

I would like to experience skiing in the Alpes (mostly in France) for about 3 months. I am thinking of basing myself out of Grenoble or Briancon or Lac Annecy and taking the train to the various resorts. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this?
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    I would definitely chose Grenoble as my basecamp and here's why:
    - Grenoble is a large city with great ski and tuning shops cheaper than resort shops. So that equipment and maintenance will cost you half in Grenoble.

    From Grenoble you can easily ski to the North (Albertville/La Plagne, Tignes, Val d'Isère)
    The center (Moutiers/Val Thorens/Courchevel,the 3 valleys) and the South (Briancon/Serre Chevalier) of the french Alps.

    Trains to these destinations are daily, frequent and cheap.
    from Grenoble to Albertville (1h.30m travel time).
    Grenoble to Moutiers (one hour)
    Grenoble to Briancon(3 h.30m).

    At the stations, you will take bus to get to the slopes (schedules to be checked locally).

    I hope you will enjoy skiing the french Alps as much as I did!
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  • Sounds like you have planned a great trip for skiing. Some of the most popular ski resorts in France are Courchevel and Val d'Isere, which are in the Chamonix area. Courchevel and Val d'lsere are only accessible by a local bus from Moutiers-Salins for Courchevel and from Bourg St. Maurice for Val d'Isere.

    Another popular ski destination is Mount Blanc, which is the highest mountain in the Alps and is located between the Aosta Valley, Italy, and Haute-Savoie, France. There is a cable car that ascends and crosses the mountain between Chamonix and Courmayeur, as well as bus transportation.

    You could stay at either Annecy or Chambery for the easiest access to multiple ski resorts.

    Grenoble would be a little bit out of the area but is also easily accessible by train.
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  • Grenoble is nice - but Chambery would also be a great choice!
    Chambery is the capital of the Savoie department and lies at the very bottom of the Alps mountain range. Chambery can easily be reached by TGV from Paris (3 hours), and from Chambery, you can take the train to certain ski resorts like La Plagne. The train station Aime La Plagne lies just 45 minutes away from the slopes.

    Also, keep in mind that Eurostar runs trains from London straight to Aime La Plagne, so you could land in London, do a little bit of shopping and sightseeing, and then head straight to the slope.
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  • Thanks, guys! This all helps. To be more specific - in addition to skiing the fabulous and famous resorts, I also want to practice my French and hopefully become fluent in the 3-4 months there. I have friends in Annecy and Grenoble and both cities offer French lessons and easy train access. Since I won't have a car, I'm hoping to be able to jump on a train to wherever the snow falls.

    I'm having a hard time finding train routes and schedules from Grenoble to ski resorts. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!
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  • Try searching from Grenoble to Moutiers or from Grenoble to Bourg St Maurice. For service to Chamonix you'll want to break up the search into two segments from Grenoble to Bellegarde and then Bellegarde to Chamonix.
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