La Toussuire (Les Sybelles)
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Visitor reviews for La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) Ski Resort
March 08, 2015
The Expats from France
La Toussuire is ideal for families with children learning to ski, reasonably priced and easily accessible from Lyon. One of the few ski resorts that isn't spoilt by coach loads of 'townies'!
La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) Ratings
Overall: 3.7. Based on 10 votes and 9 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Toussuire (Les Sybelles).
Public Transport: 2.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Toussuire (Les Sybelles).
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.4
(1) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.9
(1) The staff at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.9
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.4
(1) Not even a kicker at La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Toussuire (Les Sybelles), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.9
(1) Overall, La Toussuire (Les Sybelles) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 17, 2013
The Wrays from United Kingdom
Been going regularly to the Sybelles area for a number of years. We love it. Prices are fair especially off peak. Hope they don't spoil it with over development.
Skiing for just about any level though not so much to do if you are a non-skier.
La Toussuire this year - looking forward to 11 January.
December 16, 2013
Mick Curtis from United Kingdom
Going back for the 4th year in a row on Friday 19/12/2013. Great resort, nice skiing and activities. Can we also have some snow now please?!
February 16, 2011
Bill Willcocks from United Kingdom
We're going back for the 3rd year on Saturday. But ssshhhh. Don't tell everyone or they'll all come!
February 10, 2011
Fernand Léger High school students from France
We stayed in La Toussuire (La Toussuire (Les Sybelles)) one week in January, outside French school holidays.
The landscapes are superb and the skiing area is large and varied. The slopes were icy. Ski lifts there are clean and well-maintained.
Our residence ‘Le Dahu’, was beautiful and the decoration of the dining-room was typical of the region. The village is lively all day long and at night. It’s very original and the people are nice, even at the hospital! ;-)
January 06, 2010
Tim from United Kingdom
I had a brilliant time at this resort (La Toussuire) and am so glad we discovered it last year. I stayed at a new appartment block near the Soleil ski lift called Les Balcon Des Aguilles - it's a fantastic place built in traditional alpine chalet style with a pool and sauna that allowed a view of the mountains as you relaxed after a day's skiing! It is also 10 mins walk out of the main town in the area where they have developed more traditional chalet like buildings and you can ski right back to the door from the top of the mountain. The nearby restaurant L'Alpage is fantastic and there was a supermarket really close. All round highly recommended. For a good skier one would need the Sybelles area pass as it offers much more variety. La Toussuire resort links are very new and efficient but most importantly there are virtually no queues as the whole area seems to have been undiscovered by anyone but the French! Because of this it seems the prices for everything from the ski pass to supermarkets or mountain restaurants are really good compared to other resorts that I have been to. The main town is not very pretty as it is a bit "1960's concrete block" (with neighbouring Le Corbier having highrise blocks and a similar 1960's feel) but the other villages like Saint Sorlin are very pretty. If you are looking for advanced challenges La Toussuire is not for you but if you want a quiet area which is superb for families/good intermediate skiing then you cannot go wrong.
February 26, 2006
Samuel L-G from France
Just got back from a weeks sking here. It dumped over a foot of snow before I got here so the skiing was on the whole excellent. Tons of off-piste, easily accessable. However, this does mean that it became tracked out extremely fast. On the whole the lift system is good but less accessable than other large resorts, for example, Les Arc. The runs also are perfect for carving and speed but lack any real technical difficulty or length. I am a good skier and I have to say I had a good time staying here for a week (check out the Tonnue bar, it is the best in town). However, without the off-piste I would become bored after a longer length of time. In summary, brilliant for beginners to intermediates, nice town, reasonable links but less exciting than other resorts of a similar size.
August 18, 2005
Romain from France
Hi there. A lot was already reported by Enrico. I just wanted to add my point about snowboarding. Actually, good snowboarders will anticipate the "flat parts" but moreover, they will find a lot of freeride playgrounds if they know how to find and ride them : the Sybelles domain is not overcrowded yet, especially if you avoid french school holidays.
Please ask security agents for conditions.
June 08, 2005
Enrico from Netherlands
La Toussuire is a gentle village in the French Alps. Thanks to many recent build chairlifts there is an extended skiing-area with over 300 km of slopes. Many of them are wide and also non-experienced skiers have many possibilities around La Toussuire. More difficult slopes can be found in the Saint Sorlin d'Arves area. The area is not very recommended for snowboarding because of many flat parts on the slopes. Nice skiing because not many skiers have found Les Sybelles yet. This also keeps prices low and people nice. Recommended for skiers with a few weeks skiing-experience!