les deux alpes is my personal nearby favorite, it has the best ski town, with good apres ski events/bars, and its a great mtn. with immense powder days. also l'alpe d'huez is really nice. but its pretty hard to go wrong around here. the transiere busline from grenoble will take you to a bunch of mtns once their "winter" schedule kicks in.
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