The Ski Resort
Les Sybelles, the resort with the fancy name, is among France´s biggest ski resorts. Since the ´six beauties´ (french: les six belles) Le Corbier, La Toussuire, Les Bottières, Saint Sorlin d´Arves, Saint Jean d´Arves and Saint Colomban des Villards merged together, Les Sybelles for sure became comparable with the neighboring giant ski resort Les 3 Vallées in Savoyen. A total of 310 (192 miles) trail kilometers and the local mountain L´Ouillon invite young and old to hit the powdery white.
Thanks to 37 green and 59 blue trails, Les Sybelles is a great vacation spot for families, beginners and people who prefer skiing on the leisurely side. Every single one of the six ski resorts has some great training lifts to get used to standing on skis and making your first curves. Those with a greater confidence can move up the mountain. There are still mostly easy to extremely easy trails available. The green marked Le Boulevarde trail at La Balme or the blue marked Tête de Bellard and Chalets d´Olle runs are some of them.
Les Sybelles basically convinces with wide and sunny slopes that rarely get icy or steep. Nevertheless it´s a great place for expert skiers because especially the ever-changing trails on the high plateaus Ouillon, Les Perrons and Grand Tuc offer a lot of space for advanced skiing pleasure. You probably should be athletic to hit the 1,5 kilometer (0,62 mile) long J.N. Run, starting from Pointe du Corbe.
Le Corbier is pretty family-friendly and has countless offers revolving around child care, kids clubs, entertainment, leisure and safety. It did not get the seal ´family plus´ without a reason. On 1550 meters (4921 feet) you can actually access the ski trails right from your lodging and you can even go shopping without getting wet feet. This is because the car-free city is made of buildings that are connected through transparent passages.
La Toussuire is similiar to Le Corbier. The highest town by featuring a vertical rise of 1750 meters (5741 feet) was build for winter tourism in the 60s. Functionality and simplicity dominate the town. The exact opposite are Les Bottières, Saint Sorlin and other towns that preserved their originality. Next to modern buildings and updated lifts you will still notice the ancient charm of the mountain villages.
Not only alpine skiers find the best conditions but also snowboarder and freestyle skiers will experience a dream come true. The terrain park at a height of 2100 meters (6889 feet) above sea level is know for being pretty snowsure. It´s location at the foot of the mountain Ouillon makes it easy accessible by the Torret lift. It obviously has areas that adapt to the needs of beginners and experts equally and boats challenges for everyone in the party. Practice your first jumps and tricks in the Easy Park if you consider yourself among beginners while all the Pros can show off their tricks right next to it on countless tables, rails and boxes.
- Offering 193 miles of slopes and terrain, Les Sybelles is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in France.
- Les Sybelles is among the 15 best rated Ski Resorts in France.
- It is among the 5 most family-friendly ski Resorts in France.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 4987 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in France is 2657 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 8596 ft.
- Average snow depth during the season is 41 " at summit elevation and 13 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 48 " at summit elevation and 14 " at the base.
- Les Sybelles features 71 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in France is 67 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 21 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
If you decide for a winter vacation in the French Alps, you can´t miss out on local tastiness like raclette, fondue or Reblochonnades. Everywhere throughout the valley you´ll find countless restaurants right next to the trails who spoil hungry skiers with regional specialties and many other dishes. In general, most restaurants convince with understatement referring to interior - tons of wood, open fireplaces and especially good and hearty food. That´s what it´s all about here! As you walk out the base station of chairlift Choseaux you will see the restaurant Le Barock that gives you a cosy atmosphere combined with Savoyard cuisine. If you prefer having lunch time on the mountain, you can stop for a bite to eat in the Chalet 2000 at top station of the Sybelles Express chairlift or the Chalet le Foehn above La Toussuire.
Most Difficult Runs
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Dining and Restaurants
Take A43 to the exit St. Jean de Maurienne (No.27) and follow afterwards the Vallée de l´Arvan to reach all of the towns. Just Saint Coloban des Villards is only accessible by taking the exit La Chambre and the Route de la Combe.
By Public Transportation
The ski resort Les Sybelles is easily reachable by trains. Trains coming from Paris, Lyon, Marseille or Lille stop daily at the train station in Saint Jean de Maurienne or Saint Avre. From here you can just hop in a bus to get to the ski resort.
The next airports are Genf, Lyon– Saint Exupéry and Chambéry. Regular buses and taxis ensure the connections from the airports.