St Colomban des Villards
St Jean d’Arves
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Les Sybelles is a renowned ski area located in the French Alps, specifically in the Maurienne Valley. It offers an impressive network of slopes and is one of the largest linked ski areas in the country.
Les Sybelles is made up of six resorts, including Le Corbier, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, La Toussuire, Saint Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières, and Saint Colomban des Villards, all of which are interconnected by lifts and pistes. As ever, the resorts differ wildly.
What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in convenience and value. Le Corbier is a purpose-built resort from the 1960s, the majority of the accomodation is on the snowfront which sits at 1500m with a series of high-rises. Everything is connected by walkways at ground level under the apartment blocks, in which the hire shops and supermarkets and resturants sit - there is no luxury expected here, it's basic 1960s aesthetics of brown tile and white walls. There's a small selection of Chalets at either end of the resort, but the bulk of accomodation is functional self catered apartments. The après-ski scene in Le Corbier is limited, there's one club that opens during peak times and then there's a handful of small bars - you can grab a pint but not a dance. You can however grab a swim in the resorts heated outdoor pool, or chill in the spa. The local slopes cater well to beginners, with a dedicated area for progression and a selection of green and blues back to resort. It connects to the other areas across a ridge which offers amazing views across the area, but beware the drag lifts shutting in high winds due to the exposed nature.
Saint Sorlin d'Arves
Saint Sorlin d'Arves is a charming and traditional village with a relaxed atmosphere. It retains its authentic Alpine character with wooden chalets and farmhouses. The après-ski scene in Saint Sorlin d'Arves is more laid-back, with cozy bars and restaurants. The local slopes offer a good variety for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, including access to the highest part of the area that retains its snow conditions even on warm weeks and one of the very few challenging pistes on the area.
La Toussuire is the biggest resort on the area. The town features a mix of modern and traditional architecture, with a good selection of chalets pisteside and a more mixed offer of hotel and self catering options. The après-ski scene is relaxed, with a focus on family activities and entertainment but there's still a selection of bars for the adults to unwind. The local slopes provide the widest range of skiing options, including gentle slopes for beginners and challenging runs for experienced skiers, this is valuable when you don't want to venture too far.
Saint Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières and Saint Colomban des Villards
The next 3 resorts sit more on the perifery of the area at low altitude, so outside of peak season the snow conditions are a gamble. They also have almost no local slopes, requiring connection to other areas to ski.
Saint Jean d'Arves, Les Bottières and Saint Colomban des Villards are all quaint and secluded villages known for their tranquility and natural beauty. They feature traditional Alpine architecture with charming chalets with quiet apres scenes.
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