The area is something of a hidden secret, but those in the know understand the appeal of Les Sybelles – the landscape surrounding the mountains remains wild and untouched since the first ski lift was built in the 1930s.
Still boasting a very active agricultural economy, the village has learned to flourish alongside the growing ski tourism industry and become more than just a ski resort. It has managed to strike a balance for the region. Your ski guide is likely to be a local farmer who takes care of cattle and provides milk to the region.
Nearly 70 ski pistes are available to enjoy throughout six ski resorts, with a piste that drops over 600m. Despite its size, the area does not aim to attract expert skiers but to cater to more beginner levels and families. Les Sybelles shunned installing gigantic high-speed ski lifts in a conscious effort to not disrupt the area’s landscape, so you can be sure that the region will remain beautiful over time. Summer activities range from archery to paragliding and lots of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The après ski of the area is somewhat contained, but Les Sybelles does benefit from Les Carlines, an open-air club situated at 2,230m in altitude that offers some of the region’s most stunning panoramic views. Some of the local flavours worth seeking out in the villages range from Genepi, a liqueur produced from a blend of local flowers, to Beaufort cheese and local charcuterie.
You will not find designer stores in the streets of Le Corbier or Les Bottières, as the area aims to keep offering great value for low prices.