Why La Toussuire Ski Resort?
- Easy road access - only 17km from St Jean de Maurienne
- Great family-friendly atmosphere
- Fully linked to the largest ski area in the Maurienne Valley - Les Sybelles
La Toussuire Resort Information
La Toussuire in the Maurienne Valley has grown since the 1960's in a panoramic mountain setting, located on a plateau with vast amounts of sunshine. It is predominantly modern, with a car-free main street lined with controversial style buildings. The resort has now spread in complete contrast with recently built wooden chalets. As one of the central resorts of the Sybelles network, it is highly recommended for families.
La Toussuire is a friendly family resort, good value for money and uncrowded, with safe and snow-sure slopes.
The ski area has grown, but the village remains as friendly as ever. With a 360° panorama, an exceptionally sunny location, the people of La Toussuire have always known how to transmit their joie de vivre through their warm and sincere welcome. La Toussuire is the birthplace of Jean-Pierre Vidal, the Olympic slalom champion and gold medallist at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
Read Gillian Thomas' review of the Les Sybelles area and her stay at La Toussuire on The Foody Traveller.
Les Sybelles Information
Six unusual ski resorts untouched by mass tourism in 2003, under the name of Les Sybelles, now make up one of the most recently connected ski areas in France. It's also the 4th largest in France.
Le Corbier, Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, Saint-Jean-d’Arves, La Toussuire, Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, Les Bottières: 6 individual resorts linked by the central peak of Ouillon with an altitude of 2,431 metres.
By the start of 2022, almost €35 million will have been invested in Les Sybelles ski area. The goal is to improve inter-valley links and offer ever more freedom, comfort, and speed to skiers, through creating, growing, and securing the slopes, extending the artificial snow network, and building new ski lifts. Three new ski lifts will complete the ski area: - a new fixed-grip chairlift in La Toussuire was ready for winter 2019. - ‘Le Gaston Express’, a detachable chair lift in Le Corbier for winter 2020 and the opening of a cable car in the Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves sector for winter 2021.
Les Sybelles has 1 AOP (recognised local product) - Arvan Valley's Beaufort cheese. It was a Bronze medal winner at the Concours Général Agricole in 2019. A ‘Made in Les Sybelles’ product called The Sybelles Bulles - is a 2015 special vintage AOP sparkling wine, produced in collaboration with Philippe Viallet, one of the best wine producers in Savoie.
LA TOUSSUIRE AND LES SYBELLES SKI AREA
The village's own 55km ski area is now fully linked into the giant Sybelles circuit which offers an impressive 310km of pistes above the villages of Le Corbier, St Sorlin d'Arves, St Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières, and St Colomban des Villards. The skiing here is suited to all standards and snowboarders have the choice of two terrain parks. The resort has 12,000 tourist beds and allows you direct access to the Sybelles network.
Find out about the linked ski area of Les Sybelles in our Les Sybelles resort guide.
La Toussuire is located on a large plateau that offers a panoramic view. The snow, sunshine, slope orientation and position in an arc around the station are definite assets. The first ski lift was installed in 1936, and since then, the lifts and trails have been subject to continuous improvement. At the base area, there’s space dedicated to beginners, helping to give confidence to people learning to ski. From 1750 to 2400m, both novices and experienced skiers can devote themselves to the joys of skiing, surrounded by vast snowfields.
La Toussuire is fully linked with the Sybelles ski domain, the largest in the Maurienne Valley, with 310km of piste and six resorts (the fourth largest ski domain in France). Other resorts include St Sorlin d'Arves, Les Bottières, Le Corbier, Saint-Jean d’Arves, and Saint-Colomban.
Les Sybelles (a clever play on words – it’s based on “Les Six Belles” – the “six prettiest” – resorts!) is a huge ski area with two snow parks including thirty modules, an Arvapark, ski routes for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and “baptêmes de neige” flights in a microlight or hang-glider. And let’s not forget the gastronomic delights: fondue, raclette, reblochonnade, tartiflette and many traditional Savoyard recipes await you at the local restaurants.
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page (19/20):
La Toussuire only - 55km of pistes, 20 lifts, 38 slopes:
Green slopes: 4
Blue slopes: 18
Red slopes: 12
Black slopes: None
110 snow cannons
LA TOUSSUIRE SKIING
LA TOUSSUIRE AND LES SYBELLES BEGINNERS
A zone to learn skiing dedicated to beginners in La Toussuire (Les Lutins). Located next to the Tourist Office, it is made of 2 covered conveyors*. This zone is multifunctional: one area is dedicated to skiing and the second one to sledging. l'Alpaga residence is right by this area.
*Free access to Espace les Lutins (N°1 et 2).
Enjoy the Espace Gliss les Lutins by night every Monday and Friday from 5.15pm to 7.00pm!
LA TOUSSUIRE AND LES SYBELLES INTERMEDIATES
Intermediate opportunities can be found in La Toussuire and there are a number of red slopes at La Balme and Les Perrons just above St Sorlin reaching 2600m and higher.
LA TOUSSUIRE AND LES SYBELLES EXPERTS
Over a quarter of the slopes in Les Sybelles are red runs. And there’s a snowpark at the top of Le Corbier.
LA TOUSSUIRE AND LES SYBELLES SNOWBOARDERS
The terrain is suited to beginner and intermediate snowboarders. There is a boardercross with 14 bends and 14 whoops for 1.5km. Available to all levels.
LA TOUSSUIRE RESORT RUNS
The resort runs are a mix of green, blue and red.
LA TOUSSUIRE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Divided between La Toussuire and Le Corbier, the 23km of cross-country skiing pistes are open to everyone. The pistes are tamped and secured.
LES SYBELLES FUN AREAS
The Sybelles Snowpark, located at the foot of the Ouillon (along the telescopes of the Torret No. 18 - Saint Sorlin d’Arves ski area) - ), is designed for mad riders freestyle.
The snowpark is composed of:
- 4 tables
- 1 Box montée
- 1 Tbox C gauche
- 1 Tbox C droite
- 1 Tbox plat-desc
- 1 Box double
- 1 Step Up
- 1 Pyramide
- 1 Trp JIB
- 1 Hip
- 2 tables
- 2 tables pro
- 1 rail montée
- A rail Lip
Including 4 lines of descent with woops and bumps, 1 "Shred zone" and 1 "cool zone".
- 1 green line (XS) with 5 woops
- 1 blue line (S) with 3 bumps (tables)
- 1 red line (M) with 3 bumps (tables)
- 1 Shred zone (XL) with 10 modules and 2 bumps
- 1 Cool area with 4 beginner modules, sun loungers and picnic tables.
The Les Sybelles Boardercross are located:
- On the La Toussuire side (along the Pierre du Turc blue slope) and offers a 1.5km long ski cross circuit comprising 14 bends and 14 whoops, a series of mini-bumps providing incredible sensations
- The Mont Cuinat Boardercross in Saint Colomban des Villards offering a 600m dedicated space with 7 banked bends
Beginner into the winter sports? The new Boarderkid is ready to welcome you at the snow front at Rougemont, offering a 100m dedicated area!
THE FUN VIKINGS RUN
The fun track of the Vikings, located on the blue slope of the Plateau of Saint Jean d’Arves and extended on the green slope of the Escargot, offers playful modules, funny turns and a photo frame for the souvenirs on the theme of the Vikings. All accessible from 4 years old for the pleasure of young and old.
Snowpy Mountain is the play area of La Toussuire for children. This area is also embellished with a brand new chairlift “Les 2 Croix” supported by the ski lift “Chamois” to facilitate and smooth traffic around this new area. 3 areas to discover:
- Relaxation zone (Snowpy Relax) - hammocks, cabanas, deckchairs, swings and picnic tables for a family break. A giant sculpture of Snowpy, the crazy white rabbit, will be the point of attraction of the area,
- Mini KL track (Snowpy Speed) - the mini KL (Kilometer Launched) for family downhill records. From the totems of departure to the arrival signal, you will enjoy to race and know your speed with the LED display,
- Fun track full of activities (Snowpy Stars Camp) - the fun way to ski like a star! A slope full of experiences with many funny modules: a fired portico, a TAP hand, an arch, chimes, rotating hands and Snowpy figurines everywhere.
The ski area Sybelles offers freeride areas. These are identified tracks, safe and ungroomed for all lovers of powder skiing and addicts of the ride in nature areas. Rendez-vous side Saint Sorlin d’Arves – Bartavelle slopes, Perrons Bas and Perdrix.
La Toussuire Ski Hire
Pre-book your La Toussuire ski hire with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
La Toussuire Ski Passes
Pre-book your La Toussuire lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift passes on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
If you wish to book only half day or a day pass, or perhaps a few days consecutive or non-consecutive (Peak Retreats usually only pre-book 6+ days passes), then these can be bought in resort at the lift pass office, in €'s. This may suit those who only ski a few times during the week or who only want to ski the immediate local area rather than the full area (there are usually various lift passes on offer that cover different parts of the ski area). Each resort usually has a beginner's pass too which covers a small area in which to learn, which may be all you need for a few days as a beginner (some areas are even free). Prices can be found on the tourist office website if you need a guide.
Free access to Espace les Lutins (N°1 et 2)
Free access to beginners area, téleski les Cabris (N°18)
La Toussuire Ski School
Pre-book your La Toussuire ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Ski school for children is available to book from 2.5 years to 12 years, in La Toussuire, with Peak Retreats. 2.5-5-year-olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 9 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts, English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in the resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
La Toussuire private lessons (not pre-bookable, book direct):
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
How to book:
You can book online with ESF La Toussuire or contact them by phone on 0033 479 56 73 12. It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as instructors get very busy, especially in Peak times.
Prices vary from resort to resort but are around €40-80 per 1 hour lesson for 1 or 2 people (the more people you have the cheaper it usually is so you can split the cost). Most resorts offer a choice of 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hour lessons. These may be in the morning or afternoon and are usually at select times. If you only fancy just one private lesson, this is usually fine. Otherwise, you can book a course of private lessons over as many days (consecutive or non-consecutive) as you'd like. However, it is more cost-effective to book group lessons for the week (which we pre-book).
La Toussuire non-skiing childcare (not pre-bookable, book direct)
From 6 months to 3 years and 3 to 12 years (no ski). They propose an organized operation of around 2 age groups for older ones: Bees (3-6 years old) and Bumblebees (6-12 years old).
In the heart of La Toussuire, La Ruche childhood centre is a place dedicated to children and families.
Here, children and adults alike are buzzing around activities of awakening, games and discovery of nature.
Closed on Saturday.
How to book:
Please contact them direct for prices and to book. It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as spaces get filled quickly, especially in Peak times.
Top winter activities to do in La Toussuire!
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Water slide ski
Come and discover the waterslide. 30-meter dash and a pool of ten meters to cross ski or snowboard.
The "big airbag"
The "Big Air Bag" area (summer and winter) is accessible by ski, snowboard and rubber ring at the Sensation Space of the Snow Front.
Microlight flights above "Les Sybelles" ski area.
- Microlight piste
- Microlight piste for skiers in Le Corbier ski area (blue slope "La Grande Vadrouille")
Initiation to speed riding
The aim is to ski with paragliding support. You are free to ski, sustain, leap or fly. With the paragliding, you can play with the relief.
Whether it is to discover the activity or really teach yourself speed riding and become autonomous, the Sybelles ski resorts are ideal places.
There are ideal slopes without any trees or obstacles, to discover the activity and progress.
You can progress really fast if you are a good skier or a good paraglider!
Equipment is furnished, except skis. Free Ride skis are recommended (avoid short skis).
Night skiing on illuminated slopes!
Safe sledge piste, with free conveyor belts which made it easier to go up slopes.
"Les Lutins" Fun zone is a perfect place to start skiing. Two conveyors lead the kids and their parents to easy slopes. Free access. If the snow conditions allow it, you could enjoy "Le Tubing", 170m of non-stop descent, safely.
Snow groomer ride
Come for a 20 minutes session of snow groomer discovery! Daily in the evening.
Introduction to dogsled driving
You will take the place of the musher and will drive a small team of 3 or 4 dogs.
Booking is necessary.
After a few instructions and after you are familiar with the equipment and the dogs, you will go with the musher at the heart of Les Sybelles domain through wonderful landscapes.
Dog sledging in winter
Go for a ride, set up in the dog sledge, and let yourself go with a team of around 10 dogs. You will discover a sweet adventure and the organisation of the dog's work.
Discover La Toussuire resort by snowmobile every night.
A guide will lead you on a path chosen for its technical and aesthetic attributes.
Activity opened to all, no need of a driving licence.
Compulsory helmet provided. A few minutes are dedicated to controlling and driving recommendations and then you will drive behind the guide.
Snowmobile for children
Snowmobile for children on a closed track. From 6 to 13 years old
The instructor teaches the bases to your child. Then, he can drive on the track for 5 or 10 minutes. They wear a helmet and the snowmobile is equipped with a device stopping the engine in case of fall. Speed is limited to 25km/hour. Every evening.
Natural ice-skating ring
Don't miss the opportunity to skate in La Toussuire on one of the last natural ice-skating rinks.
Natural ice-skating ring of 800m2.
Helmets are provided. Gloves are necessary, hat and socks strongly recommended. Daily.
Kids playground at le Chaput
Slide, swings, games on spring in a kids playground. Composting toilet.
The playground is accessible to children from 2 to 6 years old, under an adult responsibility.
Treat yourself to a unique and unforgettable experience. For thrill seekers!
Get going full out and slide from 150 metres...
Two-seater paragliding for children
Enjoy a two-seater flight every day on appointment and without any knowledge of the activity.
You will need good shoes, a windcheater and clothes fitted with the weather of the day. We have specific equipment for children. From 5 years old
Maiden paragliding flight
Maiden paragliding flight is possible without any knowledge of the activity.
You will enjoy the flight and, if you want, discover the bases of control.
You will need good shoes, a windcheater and clothes fitted with the weather of the day.
RC air insurance and an individual insurance are included.
The duration depends on the activity you choose.
Pedestrian and snowshoes paths
Divided between La Toussuire and Le Corbier is 50 km of pistes dedicated to pedestrians and snow trekking. Tamped and secured paths.
Enjoy the best of the bowling and relax in our modern bowling, with a friendly atmosphere.
Our 6 lanes welcome you for your desires of strikes and spares.
It is all equipped with gates for children to have fun just as much as the adults! At nightfall, the bowling changes colour that turns into black light.
Players and spectators can have a drink at the bar and play pool, table football, or darts.
The bowling is equipped with 3 giant screens to follow all the sports events. When it is sunny, enjoy our terrace of about 30 seats.
Come to the cinema l'Igloo to discover the new films (in French)
1 to 3 sessions per day. 3D equipment 250 seats
Seats for disabled persons
Fondue in Igloo
First, the approach walk: on the edge of the Eriscal lake, under a starry sky, a luminous path leads you to the igloo where a warm, golden glow escapes from the door.
There are cushions on the snowbank and shawls for the chilly ones. The atmosphere is fresh but really nice. The exit of the igloo is still an enchantment: under the starry vault, the snow sparkles on the lake. The station, in the background, is illuminated and the ballet groomers on the mountains hypnotize.
This ephemeral restaurant is subject to sufficient snow to build the igloo.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
- Snowpy mountain - see details under skiing
- New chairlift - each winter season, Les Sybelles improves fluidity access towards its ski slopes. Especially to L'Ouillon, central point of the ski domain, area of relaxation and entertainment increasingly frequented. From La Toussuire, one of the two "2 croix" ski lifts will be replaced by a 4-seater chairlift, which will increase the number of skiers from 1400 to 2500 people per hour. In the same spirit, the Teleski du Chamois (return station) will be doubled by a second ski lift.
- Ski greener - always aware and always committed to a more sustainable future, Les Sybelles have entered into a partnership with EDF to source exclusively renewable energy. All energy requirements for the production of artificial snow and the operation of the ski lifts will be covered by the supply of "green" energy coming exclusively from hydraulic dams and certified 100% renewable.
- Improved Piou Piou - located right next to the Tourist Office, on a vast area of 5000 m², sunny and well equipped with snow culture, the Jardin des Neiges was already a beautiful place where learning to ski was done in very good conditions. From this winter, the Piou Piou will try their first slides even more comfortably. A new snowmaker will ensure the amount of snow needed to build the tracks of the different levels. New cottages will optimize the organization of the kindergarten and a new 30-meter long and covered treadmill will transport them protected from the bad weather. Upon departure, a dedicated chalet will ensure a dry boarding of children. This new installation will allow the deployment of other carpets on other areas of the garden and especially for toddlers.
- Fondue in igloo - see activities
Investment in area
- By the start of 2022, almost €35 million will have been invested in Les Sybelles ski area. The goal is to improve inter-valley links and offer ever more freedom, comfort, and speed to skiers, through creating, growing, and securing the slopes, extending the artificial snow network, and building new ski lifts. Three new ski lifts will complete the ski area: - a new fixed-grip chairlift in La Toussuire was ready for winter 2019. - ‘Le Gaston Express’, a detachable chair lift in Le Corbier for winter 2020 and the opening of a cable car in the Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves sector for winter 2021.
La Toussuire Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
La Toussuire has a small selection of welcoming and reasonably priced restaurants including L'Ancolie and L'Alpage which serve traditional cuisine. At lunchtime and for happy hour drinks, the terraces situated on piste front are very popular. Nightlife is fairly quiet though there are a few bars and a discotheque.
La Toussuire Mountain Restaurants
The restaurant is open to all skiers.
1 room (s) Restaurant
150 seats on the terrace
Restaurant at 2200 m altitude, self service with 360 ° panoramic view of the Massif des Alpes
Accessible skiers and pedestrians
2 room (s) Restaurant
300 maximum covered
300 seats on the terrace
Club Open Air
Disco from 13h to 16h. DJ. Access via TSD6 Tête de Bellard.
Traditional bar and restaurant and Savoyard specialties
La Toussuire Club
Discothèque le Pop Club
Rue du Marché 73300 La Toussuire
From 11pm until dawn
La Toussuire Amenities
La Toussuire is served by a range of amenities including doctors, pharmacy, cash point, bakery, cheese shop, mini market, cash machine. There is a shopping arcade Rue Blanche at foot of slopes.
Pharmacy (toiletries and bodycare only) - Commercial centre Rue Blanche
Pharmacy (in Le Corbier), free shuttle « Le Petit Train »
Utile minimarket - bread, press, local products. Home delivery service available. Closed at lunchtimes.
Sherpa minimarket - raclette/fondue to takeaway, local products, meats/cheeses, souvenirs, press, stamps, home delivery. Closed at lunchtimes in low season.
Getting to La Touissuire, France
Driving distance from Calais 954 km (8 hrs 45 mins)
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 (17 km from the motorway exit).
GPS: N45,25611°E 6,25686 (Attention: Le Col de la Croix de Fer is closed in winter)
Petrol Station in Le Corbier (3kms from La Toussuire)
Saint-Jean de Maurienne station (22km)
In winter there are scheduled bus transfers from the SNCF rail station of Saint-Jean de Maurienne to the above resorts.
Lyon - Train station directly inside the airport. It takes approx. 1h30 by train from Lyon Saint Exupéry to Saint Jean de Maurienne.
Grenoble - It takes approx. 1h30 by train from Grenoble to Saint Jean de Maurienne.
Chambery - It takes approx. 50 mins by train from Chambéry to Saint Jean de Maurienne.
Geneva - It takes approx. 2h40 by train from Geneva to Saint Jean de Maurienne.
Bus ticket from St Jean de Maurienne to La Toussuire:
At your service on Saturday to facilitate your arrival and departure! PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE http://www.trans-alpes.com/fr/lignes-regulieres-altibus-reserver.aspx or Office de Tourisme de Saint Sorlin d'Arves (at least 48 hours before departure). Booking by phone, mail or online.
Chambery 90 km from La Toussuire (1 hour)
Grenoble 120km from La Toussuire (2 hours)
Turin Airport is 160km from La Toussuire (2 hours)
Geneva 188 km from La Toussuire (2 hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery 200 km from La Toussuire (2 hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers are available from airports
Lyon Airport - La Toussuire via St Jean de Maurienne (www.lys-altibus.com).
Chambery Airport - La Toussuire via St Jean de Maurienne (www.lys-altibus.com).
Getting around La Toussuire
Free ski shuttles run around the resort for your convenience. There are also shuttles to Le Corbier.
La Toussuire Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
La Toussuire Opening Dates
18/12/21 - 15/04/22