In the South of the Savoie region of the French Alps, Les Sybelles is the fourth largest ski area in France, comprising of 6 stunning interlinked ski resorts: La Toussuire, Le Corbier, St Sorlin d'Arves, St Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières and St Colomban des Villards.
Les Sybelles has 310km of skiable area. With 136 ski slopes of varying levels, the domain is ideal for beginners and expert skiers alike. You will find 31 green slopes, 57 blue slopes, 36 red slopes and 9 black slopes, all between 1100 and 2620 meters of altitude. This makes Les Sybelles the perfect choice for mixed-ability groups and families.
Les Sybelles is open in its entirety for the ski season from late December until mid-April, with the exception of Saint-Colomban-des-Villards which is open until the end of March.
Since 50% of the ski area is equipped with artificial snow guns (That’s 626 machines ensuring that the ski area has ideal snow conditions), you can rest assured that you will encounter top-notch skiing in Les Sybelles.
For a mountain village vibe, we highly recommend that you look at staying in either Saint-Sorlin d'Arves, Saint Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières and Saint-Colomban-des-Villards.
Saint Sorlin d'Arves
At the foot of the Croix de Fer pass, Saint Sorlin d'Arves encompasses a 3km region with fourteen little villages. Maintaining an authentic, rustic Savoyard atmosphere, the resort has farms, chapels, a baroque church, and a real feeling of being lost in time. That said, you won’t be lacking all the amenities that you expect, and excellent ski lift and transport technology.
Excellent for more experienced skiers as well as families, the resort boasts a thrilling 1000m vertical drop slope.
In the Arves valley with a lower level of altitude than many of the other ski resorts in Les Sybelles, Saint-Jean-d'Arves is a small, rustic, south-facing family ski resort.
Built in 1975, Les Bottières is situated on the sunny side of the mountain. Les Bottières may be a relatively new resort, but it was built in keeping with its surroundings. You will find beautiful wooden tourist residences, chalets and farms. The small village has some shops and is ideal for those looking for some peace and quiet.
Made up of two rural villages, Saint-Colomban-des-Villards is a quiet community ski resort, with exceptional connections with the rest of the Les Sybelles resort. At 1100m above sea level, you can truly experience a change of scenery and transport yourself into an authentic mountain scene.
For a more modern ski resort feel, and all the infrastructure and facilities that comes with that, we highly recommend Le Corbier or La Toussuire as your ski resort of choice.
Awarded the ‘Famille Plus’ accolade, Le Corbier has been given the stamp of approval as a family-friendly resort. Named after Mont Corbier, which it sits below, the village has easy access to 31 slopes, a toboggan run and an authentic, well-equipped mountain village. This provides a unique and charming mix of fabulous skiing, a warm and friendly ambiance and fun activities for all the family.
A resort ideal for families which sits at 1750m above sea level, La Toussuire enjoys exposure to excellent sunshine and ideal snow conditions. Entirely pedestrianised with wide open spaces, it’s tremendously appealing to families. The resort has 42 mixed-level slopes, and has excellent amenities including shops, a swimming pool and a bowling alley, a healthy après-ski culture as well as a full range of accommodation.
Les Sybelles has an exceptionally diverse landscape which makes it appealing to all, but the sheer number of gentle slopes designated beginners’ areas ensure that the ski area is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers.
As such a beginner-friendly resort, naturally it’s also perfect for families. Les Sybelles boast a plethora of activities for families. You will find farm areas which give an insight into some of the agricultural traditions of the territory of the province. In Saint Jean d’Arves there is a donkey and mule museum, where kids can get up close and personal with the ‘lifestyle of yesteryear’. Alternatively, in Le Corbier, you can head to a goat cheese farm and see how some real mountain cheeses are made.
Alongside these unique experiences, Les Sybelles has excellent ski school facilities, with lessons that can be tailored to the student. Whether you are a complete beginner or more intermediate, there are ski and snowboarding lessons for all levels. Once your ski lessons are over, you can head to the beginners’ area or the fun ski areas to hone your new skills.
Known as a very affordable ski area which never denies its visitors a quality experience, Les Sybelles could be the ideal ski holiday destination for families on a budget.
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