Lyon is a similar distance by road and a similar journey time as Geneva, but is not nearly so popular. Therefore prices tend to be higher.
The journey by road from Lyon to Meribel is normally about 2.5 hours and is also about 100 miles. The journey is all autoroute till Albertville then dual carriageway till Moutiers. Moutiers up to Meribel is 14km of winding mountain road.