St Sorlin d'Arves, France

The ultimate guide to St Sorlin d'Arves ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in St Sorlin d'Arves

Home to Beaufort cheese (which makes a cracking fondue), St Sorlin is an authentic alpine village, oozing character and history at the foot of the Etendard Glacier. In the heart of the Sybelles ski area, which offers 310km of skiing, with stunning scenery and a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, a holiday here is sure to get you coming back for more.


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Connected to Sybelles Ski Area Special Beginners and Small Area ski pass Beautiful village brimming with culture

Great for:
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St Sorlin d'Arves Ski Resort

St Sorlin d’Arves is a lovely, old and quintessentially French village, with ancient wood and stone architecture built around the baroque church of Saint Saturnin. The village sits at the foot of the Etendard glacier in the shadow of the Col de la Croix de la Fer peak, high up over the Maurienne Valley - stunning views on clear days are guaranteed.

The word village may suggest a small and sleepy resort, but rest assured that the vibe is very much awake, with plenty to do during the day and in the evenings. You’ll find a brilliant choice restaurants, serving a mixture of mountain classics, French cuisine and Italian favourites. Cheese lovers will be delighted to know that the local cheese is ‘beaufort’ and anyone really keen on knowing more about its origin and production process can visit the dairy and watch it being made!

The friendly locals do a really fantastic job of ensuring that there is plenty going on throughout the season, and the variety of activities like snow-shoeing, paintballing and paragliding make this the ideal choice for any lover of the great outdoors.

Learners can save money with the ‘beginners only’ ski pass, which allows access to a number of greens around the village so you don’t pay for the black runs you’re probably going to avoid at all costs. The ‘small area ski pass’ allows access to a couple of greens, a blue, a red and a black for those looking to ski on a budget, and happy to potter around on familiar slopes for the week.

Next up, the St Sorlin d’Arves ski pass gives access to 120km of runs. It is one of the 6 resorts that makes up the ‘Sybelles’ ski area and anyone feeling adventurous can upgrade to a ‘Sybelles’ area pass which covers just over 300km of connected runs, as well as excellent off-piste and cross-country.

stats & faq

Where:Savoie Region of Alps, France
Established:17th Century
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Ski Season: Late December – Mid April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 24runs 63%

  • 10runs 26%

  • 4runs 11%

Resort Altitude:1600m
Top Altitude:2620m
Bottom Altitude:1500m
Downhill Ski Runs:120km
Longest run:4 miles
Slope Orientation:NEW
Vertical Drop:1120m
Skiable Vertical:1020m
Beginner slopes:63%
Advanced slopes:11%
Night Skiing:No
Ski Pass Prices:172 euros (adult 6 days)

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Nearby resorts: St. Jean d’Arves, La Toussuire, Le Corbier, Albiez-Montront, Les 7 Laux, Les Karrellis

Skiing in St Sorlin d'Arves

The local ski school provide lessons for all ages and a snow-garden for little ones that combines tuition with indoor fun. Beginners wanting to explore the whole area should catch the TSD Plan du Moulin Express (1) towards the La Balme peak and take the ‘Boulevards’ green, a lovely run back to the village. For higher altitudes, take the TSD Plan du Moulin Express (1) and then TSF des 3 Lacs (14) to the Perrons peak, soak up the scenery before taking the beautiful blue ‘Col des Lacs’ back home.

Intermediates have a number of great reds around. To blow your ski-webs away, take the TSD Plan du Moulin Express and ski the ‘Balme’ (which connects to a relaxing green at the end) back down to the village. After, take the TSF des 3 Lacs (14) up to the Perrons peak and ski the longer ‘Super 6’ and ‘Tuffs’ for a bigger challenge.

A handful of blacks in the area serve to test experts, who can upgrade to a Sybelles Area pass to ski further afield. For a gentle re-introduction to tricky runs, take lift TSD Plan du Moulin Express (1) to ski the ‘Mur’ run to the village. Once back in the swing of things, hop on the TSD du Rouet (20) towards the Petit Perron area, and take the long ‘Perrons’ back to the village for a well-deserved beer!

With a high reaching altitude of over 2200m, the off-piste is great - hire a guide as they’ll know where all the best powder can be found. The area also has a 16km Nordic loop for some cross country.

St Sorlin hosts one of three snow parks in the Sybelles area, where freestylers can while away afternoons sailing through the air, trying not to crash land. It has great provisions for beginners, intermediates and experts, including boxes, table tops and a big air.

St Sorlin d'Arves après Ski

Despite being very much a traditional French village, Saint Sorlin has a fantastic choice of bars, restaurants and a nightclub as well as some excellent family activities.

Anyone looking for a lively evening should check out L’Avalanche which often has live music, fancy dress and a big old list of cocktails and wine. If the cocktails have got you in the party mood the D’sybell Club in the Plan de Moulin is open until 4am, and usually offers a free bus service (on request) for the way home.

Families eating out should look no further than Les Neiges in the village centre. They happily provide high chairs and a varied children’s menu. We love La Petite Ferme bar, great for bowling, live sport on big screens and a playroom, where kids can wear themselves out before bed while parents have a beer.

The typical Savoyard cuisine is cheese, lots of it, served hot in a variety of ways and with St Sorlin being home to Beaufort, you’ve got to have a fondue while you’re here. If you’re looking for something meatier, wander to the Auberge des Turins for an aperitif on the terrace, followed by a beautifully cooked steak.

If you’re seeking out lunch with a view, there are plenty of mountain huts around the resort. Our favourite is L’Alpes which offers some incredible panoramic views of the Aiguilles d’Arves peak. Take the Plan du Moulin Express for a lunch you won’t forget.

The resort takes relaxation seriously, so if you need those aches and pains massaged away, Harmonie is the place to visit. As well as Californian, deep tissue, Hawaiian and Swedish massages, they offer ‘make your own cosmetics’ classes!

If you need a break from the slopes, the resort has a phenomenal choice of activities that don’t require skis. Take the kids paintballing or appreciate the aerial beauty of the Alps on a paragliding trip.

When is the best time to ski St Sorlin d'Arves?

The high reaching 2620m altitude of the slopes means that there is no definitive ‘best’ time to ski here. It is more dependent on what you want from your holiday; early season festive fun finders will have some good high snow and plenty of celebratory cheer in the evenings.

Serious skiers, particularly anyone wanting to make the most of the off-piste above the tree-line would benefit from a mid-season holiday (Feb-March) as the snow fall tends to be good around this time. Families will enjoy half-term due to the brilliant day care facilities, beginners pass and north facing slopes catching mid-season sun.

Late season will see warmer temperatures, with the snow quality deteriorating around the resort itself, but usually staying good above 2000m.

Peak dates

For a festive holiday with all the trimmings, look no further than Christmas in Saint Sorlin, with an abundance of festive cheer, snow-capped peaks and vin-chaud all day long. Browse St Sorlin d'Arves Christmas ski holidays ‣

If you’re looking for a mixture of celebrating and good skiing, New Year’s Eve in Saint Sorlin is the perfect compromise. With high reaching slopes and enough bars to welcome the New Year in with style, you won’t be disappointed. Browse St Sorlin d'Arves New Year ski holidays ‣

Families won’t be disappointed with Saint Sorlin in February Half-term with special ski passes and lots of entertainment as well as excellent childcare facilities proving that the resort is too good to resist for a mid-term escape. Browse St Sorlin d'Arves Half Term ski holidays ‣

If you’re after some skiing and some sun, Easter in Saint Sorlin is the answer. With high reaching runs providing good snow, and the Tourist Office ensuring there’s plenty to do in the sunshine, pack your Easter eggs and head out for the perfect Easter break. Browse St Sorlin d'Arves Easter ski holidays ‣

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