Resort Review- Saint Sorlain d'Arves
Forming 120km of runs and linked to five other resorts, Saint Sorlain d’Arves makes up a considerable amount of Les Sybelles ski area. Not as famous as the more well known areas in France, Les Sybelles could just be the place to head next year to avoid the crowds.
Arriving at night we drove the mountain road and entered our accommodation and it wasn’t until the morning when we were met with the stunning views from our balcony. Our first thoughts were that the village of Saint Sorlain is exactly what you picture when you think of a French ski holiday. Chalet style apartments lining the road and the option of ski in ski out accommodation. On the slopes it was obvious that we were not going to be fighting with crowds here. Instead what we found were empty pistes and fresh snow into the afternoon.
The conjoined Les Seybelles area offers over 200km of terrain so there is something for all abilities. If you want to save some money and stay solely in Saint Sorlain it is certainly big enough for a weeks trips. Intermediates will feel at home here with over half, 24/50, of the pistes listed as Red or Blue grade runs. In comparison only seven are listed as Black slopes so the expert amongst you might be left wanting more. Saint Sorlain’s village is at 1500M and with skiable terrain up to 2620m it has a great snow record. What you will find in Saint Sorlain are some great wide pisted runs and no crowds so you should be able to push through the gears and cruise those pistes.
What we love about Saint Sorlain…
The views. Like most resorts in the French Alps the surrounding mountains offer a real escape and some incredible scenery. Luckily in Saint Sorlain you get to enjoy those views without having to fight crowds for that photo spot.
What we dislike about Saint Sorlain…
I would love to go back and explore more of the advanced terrain at Saint Sorlain. At the time of visiting I wasn’t venturing off piste as much as I would now and this may make up for the lack of advanced pistes runs.
Travel to resort
We opted for a bus tour which took us from London Victoria for this trip. Flying and self drive are also reasonable options from the UK and other european destinations.
The whole resort is a hidden gem.
Our accommodation was chalet style but self catering apartments. These were great as offered ski in ski out convenience as well as being close to the village for bars and restaurants.
We would recommend this place for…
People looking to get away from the crowds. Those who are bored of the large resorts that seem to lose their charm. Saint Sorlain retains that charm and it often feels like you have the slopes to yourself.