Les Sybelles

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.

The experts say

The area is carefully designed to minimise impact on the environment and is subject to long consultations between the state, local government and local environmental protection bodies. It is sure to be kept beautiful for a long time.

The property market in Les Sybelles

Traditionally, the marketing for the area has been largely focused on the Belgian and Dutch markets, so it is relatively unknown and often overlooked by most buyers outside of these two countries. For this reason, the area remains very reasonably priced. An example of a property in Les Sybelles for sale is a chalet-style, two-bedroom apartment in the village of La Toussuire, which can cost as little as €167,000. But some recent property additions to the area's villages can also go upwards of €300,000.

A typical Les Sybelles property is generally pitched roofed to avoid snow accumulation and add charm to the streets. The villages throughout the resorts, such as La Toussuire and St Sorlin d’arves are car-free, providing a quieter and safer environment in the village.

How to Get There

By Road

There is direct access via the A41-A43 in France.

By Train

There are multiple rail stations that serve the area of Les Sybelles. Whether it is from Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Amiens, or Grenoble, there are several TGV and TER trains circulating every day.

By Air

Regular lines serve every day the ski resorts of Sybelles from Genève airport and Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.Flying into Genève Airport is possible and is a short two-hour drive to the village of La Toussuire. Lyon airport is the closest airport to the region of Les Sybelles. It is a two-hour drive away from the village of La Toussuire.

Weather

Spring / Summer

The average high in the summer and spring months is about 18°C, but can reach a high of 25°C at season peak. Try to avoid the month of June if you can, as rain is most likely on the menu, with up to 10mm per week.

Fall / Winter

The winter season in Les Sybelles is rich with snow and sunshine. There is an abundance of snowfall from the end of October to March. The temperature is very mild, ranging from 0°C to 5°C between the months of November to March.

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