Resort Profile: Le Corbier

By adamrowden, 29 Nov '12 at 15:14

Le Corbier, in the Maurienne Valley, is a Savoyard ski resort that was initially developed as a ‘third generation’ resort that was designed to be child friendly as well as safe for pedestrians and skiers.

The resort has a very warm and friendly feel to it and though it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing resort in the Alps, it is a cracking place to do a season with some great nightlife and, when the conditions are good, some superb off-piste.

Along with five other resorts, Le Corbier is located as a part of the skiing area of Les Seybelles, which has over 310km of slopes which are totally linked by ski. In fact, Le Corbier does offer you the possibility to ski or snowboard down the largest skiing area in the Maurienne Valley.

The six resorts are all connected by Mount Ouillon, which at 2,431m high, is Europe’s highest mountain pastures.

On the Slopes

The slopes at Le Corbier offer you plenty of good skiing and snowboarding. The resort plays host to a huge number of blue and red runs. So if you are a fan of high speed bolts down the mountain then perhaps this is the resort for you. The skiing in this resort is excellent for beginners and intermediates, however, if you are a more advanced skier then there is also some pretty decent off-piste available.

As mentioned earlier, the wide slopes, combined with the good conditions that are often found in Le Corbier, the resort is great for beginners and intermediates. There are some enormous blue runs which not only offer you a lovely leisurely ski but also a look at some spectacular views. Also, the fact that the resort is linked to the vast Les Seybelles area, means that the lift queues are often kept down. The lift queues are also quelled by the well thought out lift systems that offer you easy travel from resort to resort. Due to the vast amount of skiing that is available, there really is something for everyone and with a top lift at 2,600m and a large number of snow cannons, good quality snow is almost always guaranteed.

If you are a fan of moguls then you will be saddened to hear that there are no dedicated mogul runs, however, at 3pm half of the runs in resort will be there or thereabouts. Le Corbier is home to one snowpark that faces the piste front gallery. It is a decent perk, but if you want some variety, then the top of the mountain usually turns into a freestyle heaven, with plenty of natural lips and dodgy kickers.

Off-Piste

As much as we aren’t going to give away all of the best off-piste runs in resort, we can still give you some sort of insight into what it has to offer. The St Sorlin run for example is amazing. It can be located by taking the Chair to the top, then you go straight ahead along the ridge until you find yourself above the wide valley on the left. You should then point yourself towards St Sorlin d'Arves and then just have fun.

Another great place to head is to the Toussiere Link. Again you just need to head to the top and then turn right under the poma and follow the gully down. However, you should be careful as there are a lot of dodgy cliffs around that area.

You can also head off the top. Simply take the poma lifts to the back of the valley and then traverse across to the couloirs that are situated above the town. Then all you need to do is select your route and head off. Again, be careful as this area is prone to sliding. Always remember that if you are heading off piste, make sure that you are not alone and make sure you follow all of the safety guidelines before setting off.

Living in Resort

If you are considering doing a season in Le Corbier, then you will no doubt want to know what it is like in resort as much as you will want to know about the skiing and snowboarding that is to be had.

So, without further adieu...

Bars and Clubs
Corbier has a good choice of Bars considering its size, these are often busy due to the resort being mainly apartments. Most nights they are really lively and full of Dutch and Danish, which makes for a great atmosphere.

Le Pub Ski Roc - Lively wood clad pub serving frothy pints and weird fruit beers. Live music sometimes and spectacular 100ff drinks all night deals. Be warned they may get you to ride the stairs on a snowboard.
Le Yeti - This place wants to be an American diner, and is usually a locals' hang out. It is a good place to go and watch football and they do have some cracking DJ evenings most weeks.
Le Roche Blanche - Bar behind restaurant, very chilled out, and great if you love to sit round a circular brass fireplace.
Le Fontaine d' l'ours- This place is very dark, and plays very loud music and has Desperados on tap. This is a good place for you if you fancy watching the Dutch being football hooligans. This is usually the decision making point of the evening...if you don't pass out here you might make it to the next bar.
Le President - This is a decent Bar/Club with a dancefloor and DJ box. Their drinks are expensive, but they do have good pool tables and sometimes good promo's on shooters.
GoGo Bar - Dutch run and populated bar. Football songs, idiots wearing football shirts back to front, Opera singer type women and Fake Vodka/RedBull. If someone doesn't pick a fight with you here then you're Dutch or female.
Le Sweet Club - Corbier's only proper nightclub, known to stay open 'till you should be at work! Hip Hop, Trance and House music, though if the DJ likes you enough he will hand the decks to you! Wicked Bar staff and door men, but expensive drinks.
St Moritz - Quiet friendly bar, usually locals. Good food.

Eating Out
When you're tired of eatin' staff food and leftovers here’s where you can munch some real food:
Le Bouille - This place offers you decent French food and their prices are quite cheap.
Rocher Blanche - The place to go for good pizzas and fondues.
Le Alpage - The Best Savoie food in Corbier, but you feel real fat afterwards!
St Moritz - Good Steaks and reasonable lunchtime specials.
Le Yeti - Nice Pizza and steaks too.

Mountain Restos
When Huger strikes prematurely and you have to eat up there, these are your
options:
Le Charmun (Mid station)
Le Arves (Top left of ski area)
Le Marmotte (Mid station then right)

Away Days
St Jean d' Maurienne is 20-40mins away by bus and has supermarkets, boutiques and a swimming pool. Further afield, Chambery is only 2hrs away by train from St Jean. If you fancy a change in skiing, the Three valleys is easily accessible via the telecabin from Orelle, just down the valley.

Transfers
Changeover day can last all day here, the bus has to go all the way to Turin and back. Unfortunately it seems to always make it up the hill...

[Thanks to Dan Loots for putting the majority of this Guide together]

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