Saint-Sorlin, Maurienne Valley
Village Height 1550m
Via Ferrata. Swimming in natural lakes, Fishing. Solo or guided walks, Walking with pack donkeys, Glacier hiking
Driving distance from Calais to Saint-Sorlin d’Arves 580 miles or 8hrs30
Saint-Sorlin has successfully managed to preserve the atmosphere of a rustic and isolated little mountain village. Imbued with genuine mountain spirit it takes visitors on a journey back in time with its old-established shops, carefully preserved Savoyard farm houses, colourful local costumes, traditional crafts and baroque church. There are many delightful restaurants, bars, and a regional speciality take-away shop. For a slice of village life visit the museum at Saint-Sorlin and the fromagerie to see the local cheeses still made by traditional methods.
With more 100 km of marked and maintained tracks around the village and the Plan du Moulin chairlift open all summer, the Arvan-Villards Massive provides many opportunities to discover the alpine mountains.
The last village on the road to the Col de la Croix de Fer, linking Vaujany and Oisans, Saint-Sorlin d’Arves is set in a sunny little valley with incomparable landscape and surrounded by majestic peaks such as the Aiguilles d’Arves.
Places of interest in Saint-Sorlin
· Village Museum: Reconstitution of a room of a traditional chalet, history of the types of architecture, an ancient tool exhibition and a summary of the history of the village and its people.
· Fromagerie Cooperative – Discover how the local cheeses and other Savoyard specialities are made, and try a taste!
St Sorlin d'Arves is open from beginning of July to end of August. Exact dates to be confirmed in 2012.
DAY NURSERY for children from 3 months to 6 years old. CHILD CARE from 6 to 12 years old (during school holidays), activities weekly program available at the day nursery every week. OPENING SUMMER SEASON From Monday to Friday - 9 am to 5.30 pm Phone registration by phone from December or by mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
LES PETITS DIABLES
73530 ST SORLIN D ARVES
Tel : 04 79 59 72 19 - Fax : 04 79 59 77 63
CLSH Club Enfants
Childcare from 6-12years old, activities weekly program available at the day nursery every week.
Summer 10 tariffs:
1 hour - €4.50
½ day - €13
5 ½ days - €50
All day - €26
Week - €62-130
Lunch is possible.
A list of babysitters is available at the tourist office.
Bureau de Montagne des Arves
00 33 4 79 59 79 40 (Mountaineering, climbing, via ferrata, glacier hikes, walking)
www.savoie-maurienne.com/via-ferrata/english/index.html (Via ferrata)
Mountain hiking & Marked footpaths
More than 100km of marked footpaths around St Sorlin. Guide books on sale at tourist office. For a guide contact the Bureau de Montagne des Arves.
Climbing and Via Ferrata
Course length is 1hr30 to 2hr – Free access.
Equipment can be hired. Guides can be arranged.
Over 20 routes with up to 80m of level difference from 4 to 6b+, south-east facing, rock: gneiss. Free access. Equipment can be hired. Guides can be arranged.
BUREAU DES GUIDES DE MONTAGNE (F6)
Tel 04 79 59 74 06 - Mobile 06 84 93 77 91
Escalade, Via Ferrata, Découverte des Glaciers, Alpinisme, Canyoning
Artificial bathing lake
Your relaxation water place at the top of the village with lawn, picnic tables, barbecues playground area…Free access.
Supervised bathing from 12am to 6.00pm in season.
250km of marked trails. Maps available at tourist office. Bikes can be hired.
NEW 2010: The Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Glandon are notorious places for cycling. Enjoy with a beautiful view while pedalling on Tour de France, Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré and la Marmotte traces. From summer 2010, the Croix de Fer mountain pass and many other valleys in the Maurienne region will be equipped with timing beacons.
Pays de Maurienne has already equipped 16 routes with the system timing measurement TIMTOO ® Timing with the Col de la Croix de Fer. This technology solution allows you to time your ascent to the passes but also elsewhere in France and abroad.
You need to equip an electronic chip (loan, rental or sale) in the Tourist Offices concerned by such equipment. You can also buy online www.timtoo.com.
You also create a space on www.timtoo.com order to monitor your performance.
Once equipped, the clock starts when you pass in front of the terminal of departure and arrival. Your time is saved and sent on the internet. You can compare your time with those achieved by other cyclo-climbers!
At St Jean (Le Chal) – 3km away
215 seats room, 11 metres large screen.
Mountain Donkeys Rental
Can carry picnic and young children.
½ day – from €15 - €18
Day – from €18 - €24
Donkey Rental – from €20 - €110
Tel: 00 33 479 59 79 49
Horse and pony riding (3kms away)
1 hour from €14
Each Thursday evening, horse ride to altitude restaurant - €57
Pony hire led by parents (15mins) - €3.80
Tel: 00 33 479 59 70 87
Arvan Tennis Club
Tennis court rental, week training, tennis lessons, private lessons.
Height Forest Course
Move from one tree to another on a secured course. Different level courses (min height 1m10). Opening hours everyday during season 9am-5pm.
Adults - €17
Children under 16 more than 1m40 - €15
Less than 1m40 but more than 1m10 - €11
Paragliding and Microlight Tandem Fly
Tel: 00 33 680 15 86 47
Accompanied quad outings. Open 9am-7pm.
00 33 687 08 30 87
Archery for beginners or advanced. Registration in tourist office. €8/hour/pers. From Mon-Fri from 7years old.
Open from 04/07/11 – 24/08/11.
St Sorlin d'Arves
TSD de l'Eau d'Olle
TSD des Choseaux
Corbier/St Jean d'Arves
TSD Sybelles Express
TS de la Chal
TS de la Tête de Bellard
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10h to 17h..
1 day sybelles pass – adults €13.60, children €9.40
There are more than 100kms of marked trails that await you around Saint Sorlin d'Arves. Initially the different hamlets, family discovery or ascent of the mountain environment bolder many opportunities available to you in an exceptional setting. A trail guide is available at the Tourist Office of Saint Sorlin d'Arves or by mail (see order form).
There are 15 walks in 4 difficulty levels, from St Sorlin d'Arves, one in Saint Jean d'Arves, two on St. Columban Villards - Col du Glandon and one in Albiez Montrond. For each circuit, you will find an excerpt from IGN, the difficulty level, place of departure, the overall time, the vertical gain, distance, maximum altitude, the value of the output and the description of route with a photograph.
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website
Saint-Sorlin Tourist Office
Tel: 00 33 479 59 71 77
Open everyday from 9-12am and 2.30-6.30pm.www.saintsorlindarves.com
Bars, restaurants, shops, club (D’Sybell Club) open Fri and Sat nights. L’Avalanche café is open until 2am.
By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Saint-Sorlin 580 miles (8hrs30)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit Saint-Jean de Maurienne. Follow signs to ‘Vallee de l’Aran’ via the D 926 (20 km from the motorway exit).
By Rail: Saint-Jean de Maurienne station (23km) then shuttle bus
Les Transports Milliex +33 479 64 00 30 or taxi.
Chambery 80 km from Saint Sorlin (1 hour)
Grenoble 120km from Saint Sorlin (2 hours)
Turin Airport is 166km from Saint Sorlin (2 hours)
Geneva 188 km from Saint Sorlin (2 hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery 200 km from Saint Sorlin (2 hours)
There is no village shuttle in the summer.
Doctors, pharmacy, cash point, bakery, hairdresser, bank, post office, sports shops.
Mini-market Super (opening hours: 8.00-12.30am / 3.00-7.30pm)
Mini-market Sherpa (Village centre, open all year long. Summer opening hours: 8.00-12.30am / 3.00-7.30pm)
Butchers - Regional products, hams, sausages… (opening hours: 8.30-12.30am / 3.30-7pm. Closed on Sunday afternoon)
Bakery (open every day during season)
In Orée des Pistes residence, open to everyone. Open all year long from 7am to 10pm.
Swimming pool in St Jean de Maurienne (23km away).
Ice rink in Le Corbier and La Toussiere (30km away).
Wellbeing and fitness centre in Le Corbier (30km away).