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Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) Ski Resort

  • April 07, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    Just got back April 6th 2013. Very nice resort with lots of runs and a real feel of travel when using the entire Les Sybelles area. The variation of runs suit all abilities and the off-piste potential is huge, loads of easy to access areas without the crowds. Only downside was the variable piste grooming. We had a heavy snowfall as we arrived. Most of the blue/red runs were never groomed for the entire week and after 3 days the new snow was in heaps on the pistes. Only lower slopes, mostly green were groomed, yet there were 5 brand new piste machines. Not sure if it was economics or near the end of the season but several lifts were not working and several runs were closed off. New virgin snow left unskied.
    A great pity as the area is a real gem.

  • Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) Ratings

    Overall: 3.8. Based on 9 votes and 7 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.4

    (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 Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles).

    Public Transport: 4.3

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.9

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.2

    (1) No places to stay in/near Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.3

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 2.4

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles).

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

    (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.

    Childcare: 3.7

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.3

    (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) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.5

    (1) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (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: 3.9

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.3

    (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) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.6

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (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: 4.1

    (1) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (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: 3.6

    (1) The staff at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.1

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 4.4

    (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) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.4

    (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.

    Intermediates: 4.8

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.8

    (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: 3.8

    (1) Not even a kicker at Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.2

    (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.

    Cross-country: 3.1

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.9

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (Les Sybelles) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.1

    (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.

    Eating: 4.0

    (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.

    Apres-Ski: 3.5

    (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: 2.6

    (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.

    Entertainment: 3.4

    (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: 3.9

    (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: 4.0

    (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): 4.2

    (1) Overall, Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (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): 4.1

    (1) Overall, Saint-Sorlin d'Arves (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.

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  • April 06, 2012
    from France

    Saint Sorlin d'Arves is the best of the villages that make up the area of Les Sybelles. It is a great find because the slopes are uncrowded and there is plenty of skiing, 310 km across the whole region. What is so lovely about the area is that it is very French and not too popular yet with the British. It has plenty of blue and green runs and is great for intermediate skiers. There is also lots of off-piste which makes it fun too. St Sorlin is a village, so not like the bigger resorts but has plenty of restaurants, a disco and now a bowling alley. It is fantastic for families and not as expensive as other French resorts. Visit before it gets discovered!

  • February 19, 2012
    from United Kingdom

    St Sorlin within the larger Les Sybelles linked area is an absolute hidden gem. I almost hate to say it because I'd rather it didn't get popular, but it really is. The wider area, Les Sybelles, covers about 310km of pisted runs, but what makes Les Sybelles special is the wide array of accessible off piste opportunities. I've been snowboarding six weeks in total now, and this was the first time I really spent a lot of time playing about in off piste areas; it was amazing! It's all really accessible so you don't have to do much (or any) hiking to access the off piste, it's often just there begging to be ridden as you get off a chair lift. Fortunately what makes Les Sybelles even more special currently is the lack of crowds. Lift queues are non-existent in out-of-season times (we went end of Jan 2012) and the slopes don't get crowded, particularly the higher slopes where there aren't groups of beginners. The area of St Sorlin links to the other two main areas, La Toussuire and Le Corbier, pretty easily via a fast six man chairlift and then a couple of easy drag lifts (yes, unfortunately to get across to the other areas you have to go on at least one drag lift). Although as a snowboarder using drags is a bit of a pain, fortunately you were allowed two feet in which makes things tons easier. One thing this area used to get heavily criticised because of was the lack of chairs and the over-abundance of drags. In a whole week's snowboarder (and we basically covered the whole region), we only went on about five drag lifts. There are so many chairlifts, if you're concerned about other (older) reviews saying there are too many drags, don't be worried because you'll be fine. All the long ascents are now catered for with chair lifts rather than drags (in the past), so this is a huge improvement for the region.

    Overall, Les Sybelles is a brilliant resort. It probably won't challenge skiers are boarders who enjoy difficult red and black pistes but if you're into off piste, I definitely recommend coming here. The pistes are generally all good (only one was a bit of a mogul/ice field - the red Rocher at St Sorlin), and great for fast cruising, and there's enough slopes to enjoy spending a week here, but the greatness of the region simply comes from its off piste, and if you're into this, it shouldn't be missed.

  • November 26, 2008
    from Netherlands

    Not the best resort in France but very good off-piste if you know where to go. Also you can divide this place up in two parts. One part is old and forgotten; it consists of 1 old chairlift and many tow lifts, this might sound ugly but most people stick to the faster chairlifts higher up and newer part of SSA which means there's powder to be found days after a dump (fun mellow rolling fields with tree runs at the bottom) .If you get to the back tow lift Bartaveille walk up the hill to the south and go down the other side, it's a nice short powder run set at a nice angle and it takes you to the newer part of SSA.
    Go to the top which is the highest point in Les Sybelles and if there is still powder on the marked off-piste area go there, its fun. Many other places to be found up there but I won't tell you where :)
    SSA beats any other resort in the Sybelles area and I will be there first week of this season and that means untracked powder fields baby!

  • November 23, 2008
    from Netherlands

    This is a great area resort for beginners, as well for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. Because of the connections (liasions) between the other resorts (e.g. Le Corbier, La Toussuire, those are the biggest) you have over 300 km piste. When there is sufficient snow, which has always been there ever since we went there first 10 years ago, it's sooo good. Because of the absence of cabin lifts, you can go up really fast without having the go out your snowboard.
    You can go off-piste real good, and it's not crowded there. You do not have to wait long very often (in Christmas holiday).

  • November 22, 2008
    from Netherlands

    I'm going to Saint-Sorlin and I hope there will be enough snow. Thanks to snow-forecast.com I have got something to hold on to.

  • March 11, 2008
    from Netherlands

    Probably a nice resort when there is sufficient snow. There is a lot of off-piste potential.
    Unfortunately, last week, many runs were closed or slushy and the off-piste was a no-go area. There are some nice seated lifts but many (upper) runs have tow-lifts.
    Boarders beware!!!