Positioned in a mountain setting in the heart of the Rhone-Alpes region, St Sorlin is a traditional Maurienne mountain village. Situated at 1500 metres above sea level overlooking the Aiguilles d’Arves and at the foot of the Étendard glacier, it is the highest village on the Col de la Croix.
The ski area around Saint Sorlin d'Arves itself has a great deal to offer, with 34 pistes providing 120 kilometres of ski runs. It also forms part of the larger Les Sybelles area, which includes the La Toussuire and Le Corbier ski resorts.
The town contains an ancient church that was built in 1603. This was the original meeting place for those residing in the village, and to this day is a key attraction for visitors due to the amazing architecture. The church is complemented by a nearby museum and cheese makers who pride themselves on using traditional methods for making cheese.
Reasons why skiers choose St Sorlin d’Arves
The ski area is particularly suited to beginners and intermediate skiers, with plenty of wide, open, well-groomed runs. Beginners have a nursery slope right by the village to help ease them into skiing, before moving onto the numerous green runs further up the mountain.
Intermediates can enjoy the wide choice of blue and red runs, with a variety of terrain to choose from, including sweeping tree runs. For the more advanced skier, the other resorts in the Les Sybelles ski area have a few challenging black runs.
For a more challenging french ski resort, consider booking a skiing holiday in Tignes.
Facilities and activities
St Sorlin offers up some amazing activities such as snow biking, paragliding, cross country skiing, dog sledding, bowling and a cinema making it ideal for a family skiing holiday. Nightlife is relatively low key but the L’Extreme & L’Avalanche clubs provide great après-ski entertainment. There is a wide choice of restaurants, including some at altitude offering amazing alpine views.