LE CORBIER, THE 4TH LARGEST SKI AREA IN FRANCE!
In the heart of Les Sybelles, discover 310 km of pistes for all levels, from beginners to experts, a snowpark adapted to everyone, and pedestrian circuits with a unique panorama that will take your breath away.
PEDESTRIAN RESORT: A PARADISE FOR YOUNG AND OLD!
A fully pedestrianised resort, Le Corbier will delight young and old alike, with skis at your feet, activities, residences and shops all within easy reach. With the Famille Plus label, the resort guarantees a warm welcome and entertainment for all! A mountain of activities! Let yourself be guided and set off on a mountain adventure with a host of activities on offer: night-time snowshoe outings, an introduction to dog-sleigh driving and snowmobile outings. Le Corbier also offers a wellness area, with a heated outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzis, a hammam and a fitness room. Daily entertainment (toboggan races, Big Air demonstrations, etc.) will punctuate your week’s holiday!
OVER 50 YEARS OF HISTORY 1967 – THE INAUGURATION OF LE CORBIER
Created from scratch in the commune of Villarembert in the 1960s, the Corbier resort was born of a simple desire: to boost the area’s economic activity. At the time, the mayor, Clément Duverney-Guichard, and a handful of elected representatives, local residents and businesses rolled up their sleeves to dream up and build a ski resort. The first works began in 1966: creation of a road and slopes, construction of infrastructure and ski lifts, water and electricity supply… Not forgetting the design of the Tourist Office, “Le Tripode”, in a pyramid shape that is still as astonishing today! The resort was built very quickly and inaugurated on 31 December 1967, in the presence of stars such as Françoise Hardy and Robert Hossein, who came to wish it a long and happy life!
1969 – THE CONQUEST OF SPACE
At Le Corbier, you can walk between Altair, Soyuz and Antares… while keeping your feet on the ground! Unique in the world, all the buildings bear the names of famous space stations because they were created in 1969, a pivotal year in the conquest of space and the year Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. Conceived from the outset as a family resort, Le Corbier was one of the first third-generation ski resorts. In 1969, its architects designed a snow front for pedestrians and skiers, car parks for cars and buildings linked by shopping arcades, named after the space events of that year. The Cosmos, Baïkonour, Zodiak, Vostok and Ariane buildings are all nods to the past and the future!
1986 – LE CORBIER LINKED TO LA TOUSSUIRE
Today, the ski link between Le Corbier and La Toussuire is fast becoming a reality, but you have to imagine that up until the 1980s, the two resorts had not yet linked their two ski areas. Only a three-kilometre road brought them together. The idea of connecting them to offer their customers a larger ski area was born in 1986 with the construction of a link, giving birth to the “Grand Large” ski area, which was already a precursor of what the future Sybelles would be…
2003 – LES SYBELLES BECOMES A LEGEND
In the early 2000s, Le Corbier took another step forward in its drive to offer great skiing and joined forces with five other resorts: La Toussuire, Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, Saint-Jean-d’Arves, Saint-Colomban-des-Villards and Les Bottières, to form the Sybelles ski area. The initiative was the brainchild of a former baker, Gaston Maulin, already a majority shareholder in the ski lift companies, who dreamt at the time of a grandiose ski area linking the six resorts via the summit of Ouillon, at an altitude of 2,431 metres. This became a reality on 13 December 2003, with the inauguration of the Sybelles ski area, the largest in the Maurienne, with 310 km of pistes and an altitude of 2,620 metres.
2013 – LES SYBELLES IS 10 YEARS OLD
Ten years after the creation of Les Sybelles, Gaston Maulin’s dream has come true. To celebrate this anniversary, the resort is pulling out all the stops, planning three days of festivities in January 2014: a sporting challenge called “Sybelles Glisse”, a free concert by singer Amel Bent on the Saint-Jean-d’Arves snow front, a torchlit descent and a huge fireworks display. And to symbolise the anniversary, a totem pole has been installed on the Pointe de l’Ouillon, the meeting point for the six resorts. The totem pole has six faces, one for each of the six resorts, giving highlights and practical information about each of the resort’s beauties.
2016 – LE CORBIER LOOKS TO THE FUTURE IN A BIG WAY
In 2016, as Le Corbier prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, a €30 million investment plan is being implemented over 4 years (2016/2020) to improve the comfort, safety and speed of the ski area. In 2016, a new secure beginners’ area was installed behind the Tourist Office: fully enclosed to allow novices to slide in complete safety, this area is equipped with a cable car and two conveyor belts, one of which provides access to a toboggan run. Two new chairlifts have also been created: the ‘Voie lactée’, a detachable 6-seater installed at the bottom of the resort to facilitate access to the intermediate sector of the Plateau de la Verne, and the ‘Ourson’, a fixed four-seater entirely dedicated to beginners. The artificial snow network has also been strengthened and improved to guarantee impeccable skiing.
2017 – HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, LE CORBIER!
With its sights firmly set on the future, the resort blew out its 50th birthday candle on 27 December 2017 and intends to continue reinventing and modernising itself for the next fifty years!