Les Sybelles - Ski area and resorts guide
Located on the border of Isère and the Hautes Alps, the Sybelles massif is the fourth largest ski area in France, and the biggest in the Maurienne Valley. Formed in 2003, this resort gives ski access to Saint-Jean d'Arves (1600m - 2620m), Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (1500m - 2620m), Le Corbier (1550m - 2620m), La Toussuire (1800m - 2620m), Saint-Colomban-des-Villards (1100m - 2620m) and Les Bottières (1300m - 2620m). All are 100% connected ski-in/ski-out via the peak of l’Ouillon, with excellent snow conditions at 2431m altitude.
With spectacular views of the emblematic needles of Arves, peaking at 3514m, rounded peaks, valleys, rocks, forests and cascading lakes, all make up its diverse landscape that is home to a large variety of wildlife and undisrupted mountain villages.
Les Sybelles ski area information
The name is a play on words, the "Six Belles" (six beauties) being the six resorts that form the area. These are a mix of traditional villages and resorts designed with skiing in mind. We have selected the best that Les Sybelles has to offer.
At 1800m altitude, La Toussuire is the ideal resort to go skiing with your family and is also great for beginners, especially with the beginners’ area located on the snow front. Its car-free centre lets you stroll between the numerous shops and facilities (swimming pool, skating rink, bowling…).
Le Corbier was built in 1969 with skiing built into its design, it's safe, practical and family-friendly (it holds the Famille Plus label). Its pedestrianised resort centre and convenient design means that its great for those who want to maximise their skiing time. It's set at 1550m. There's a spectacular long blue piste down from the Pointe du Corbier at 2265m to the village resort of St Jean d'Arves.
Ideal for families and rich in culture, St Sorlin d'Arves is a traditional mountain village. An optimal amount of sunshine, local cheese-making, original activities and range of shops, restaurants and cafes make this genuinely friendly (and relatively undiscovered) resort special.
Les Sybelles Ski Facts
Family friendly and with a majority of French clients, the resorts of Les Sybelles have a lot to offer:
- Km piste: 310
- Lifts: 71 (27 chairs, 41 drags)
- Snowpark: 1
- No. of slopes: 124
- Green slopes: 25
- Blue slopes:56
- Red slopes: 34
- Black slopes: 9
- Snow cannons: 514
- Boardercross: 2
- Altitude: 1100 - 2620 m
- Snowshoeing itineraries: 11
- Sledge runs: 5
- Km of ski touring: 33
Some of our popular accommodation in Les Sybelles
- Close to the slopes
- Traditional Savoyard style
- High-quality facilities
- Indoor heated pool
The easiest way to get to Les Sybelles is probably by car, since every resort is located approx 20 minutes away from a main road. However, if you are not keen on driving in the mountain, you can also travel by train to St Jean de Maurienne or by plane, Chambery is just an hour away.
By car: Highway A43 (direction Milan), junction no. 27 at St-Jean de Maurienne for the Arvan valley resorts; exit no. 26 and then heading for the pass of Glandon for the Villards valley.
By train: SNCF Station Paris to St-Jean de Maurienne takes just 3 1/2 hours from Paris and 1h45 from Lyon for resorts in the Arvan valley.
Flying: Chambéry airport is 74 km from St-Jean de Maurienne; Grenoble airport ist 149 km and Genève and Lyon is 159 km.
Where to eat
There is an amazing variety of food in Les Sybelles. Here is where you can taste some delicious Savoyard specialities:
Les Soldanelles in La Toussuire: gastronomic restaurant serving savoyard specialities at 1800 m altitude. Located at the foot of the slopes.
L'Alpe in St-Sorlin d'Arves: facing the Aiguilles d’Arves and panoramic view on the village. Easy access with Plan du Moulin chairlift, possible for pedestrian and with snowshoes.
The Carlines in La Toussuire: restaurant at 2200 m altitude, self service with 360 ° panoramic view of the Massif des Alpes. Accessible to skiers and pedestrians.
Things to do
Les Sybelles SnowPark: accessible from La Toussuire with the Sybelles skipass.
Opening times and access to the park may vary according to weather conditions.
Snow Bike: Downhill mountain biking on snow when the ski area closes! 800m of descent over 7 km. Thrills and giggles guaranteed.
Outdoor pool: at the heart of the resort of Le Corbier, a large heated outdoor pool and a paddling pool for children where you can enjoy a swim surrounded by snow or even experience a night swim under the stars.
Ski Joering: Enjoy the unique experience of being pulled along by a horse... with your skis on, your snowboard or on a sledge! Activity open for all levels including beginners and small children.
Paragliding Air Line: Discover the Sybelles area with paragliding with a professional. Accessible to skiers and pedestrians. www.sybailes.fr