Grenoble is a fairly small city with just 158,000 inhabitants. It is located within the French Alps and as such is usually covered in snow during the winter and is quite hot in the summer.
It has a fantastic position, crossed by two large rivers and surrounded by three different mountain chains - the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledone.
The city is known as being a university city and also for its scientific research centres. But there is also lots of sights to visit.
Probably the most famous site in Grenoble is Bastille Hill, which is a series of ancient fortifications overlooking the city. The summit is access by a cable car or it is around a 40 minute hike. There is a restaurant and viewing points at the top.
The Paul Mistral park is a large park in the centre of Grenoble which includes a roller skating area and you will often see people playing ice hockey. But its not all for those wanting to be active, there are quiet tree lined avenues and lawns.
Grenoble has many museums including a large Art museum and a Natural History museum. The Musée Dauphinois is in a former convent and has permanent and temporary exhibitions about the people of the Dauphiné region. The Musée De L'Ancien Eveché is in a former Bishop's palace and has objects and art about the history of the Isère region from Prehistoric times up to recent times. More interesting is an archaeological crypt under the museum where you can see original Roman city walls and a 4th century baptistry. There is also a museum of resistance and deportation and a museum of archaeology and a museum of the French revolution.
If you are flying into Grenoble for the start of your skiing holiday why not arrange your Grenoble airport transfer so you have time to explore the city and make the most of your time there.