Snowboarding in Les Sybelles

A couple of weeks ago (it feels much longer ago) I wend snowboarding in Les Sybelles. A review of the area.

😦 Lifts
51 tow lifts
25 chair lifts

There are 4 villages in the area, each with its own slopes, all connected. For some of the connections you are waiting for quite some time. And to make it worse… after the wait you end up in a tow lift, which is really uncomfortable with a snowboard. The problem is that there are only a few connections and almost all connections are via tow lifts, with too little throughput. 

😐 Slopes
161 km of blue slopes
108 km of red slopes
41 km of black slopes 
310 km of slopes in total 

So that is quite some slopes. But because you are traveling so much between the different smaller areas, there are a couple of slopes you do (too) often.

🙂 Prices
I have never been on such a cheap wintersport vacation. We booked an appartment + 7 days ski-pass for only € 240. I must say that we had an appartment in Saint-Jean-d’Arves, which only had two slopes, so you always had to go up, take a tow lift, and get to the next village.

Parking was free. The appartment complex even had a swimming pool and sauna (also included in the price).

The only shop in the village had almost everything to offer you need, except maybe for enough fresh vegatables. Prices were comparable to normal supermarket prices in NL, where you are normally used to much higher prices.

 

🙂 Off-piste
Because the area is high enough (1500 – 1620 meters) there was more than enough snow when we were there (february). And because there was fresh snow falling almost each day, we had really good opportunities to go a bit off-piste, between the different slopes.

😐 Conclusion
The  Les Sybelles ski area is OK, not exceptionally good, but not bad. Of course we had a really good vacation. But that´s always the case when going with a nice group of people and the weather helping a bit.

Tip: In Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, at the bottom of the slopes there is (of course) a restaurent. Don’t go for the hot chocolate, but go for the Leffe right away 🙂

Pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/tomvanlamoen/SnowboardenInSaintJeanDArves#

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