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Les Orres - Ski Resort in French Alps - 63km of Piste (1650m to 2770m)
A local forester, Emile Hodoul, dreamed up les Orres in 1935, but the first lift was not installed until 1966. The resort has a sunny, southerly location, skiing up to snow-sure altitudes (despite latitude) with a good variety of more challenging terrain.
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The French ski resort of Les Orres has direct access to 63km of downhill skiing, with 29 individual pistes, served by 25 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Les Orres is able to augment natural snow, on 65km of ski runs, with 104 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 25 Ski Lifts of Les Orres are able to uplift 21,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Les Orres
There are 88km (55 miles) of marked trails at Les Orres which despite its southerly latitude, has skiing right up to a snowsure 2730m, creating a 1200m vertical - big for a resort of this size (it would be one of the five biggest if this were North America!) and southerly location. Its not a great choice for experts with the majority of terrain graded easy to intermediate but of the three blacks L'Horrible has the best name and meanest reputation. L'Ecureuil, cut through the trees beneath the Grand Clos double chair which serves it is also worth a shot, especially when bumpy as well as steep. Two thirds of the trails are graded intermediate and there are wonderful long runs, especially the Grand Cabane trail accessed via trail three which descends for four kilometres along the boundaries of the marked area, first above the treeline and then making its solitary way through the forest, far from all the other trails. A third six-seater chair was added recently to access the Fontaines area.
There are plenty of off piste opportunities above Les Orres, some of the best reached with a ridge hike from the top of three drag lifts that access Grand Vallon and Petit Vallon sectors, but beware the off-limits zones marked on the map. To be on the safe side and find the best powder, a five full day course (Monday to Friday) is available with a mountain guide to discover off-piste and ski touring across the local southern Alps.
The plateau of Charance offers you five kilometres of cross country skiing through the forest. The 24km Mazelière loipe will excite more advanced skiers.
Snowboarding in Les Orres
The snowpark at Les Orres has slides, five tables, two quarters and two big airs. The resort also has a boardercross course and tuition provided by several ski and board schools which run a range of specialised classes from complete beginner to boardercross skills.
Les Orres Aprés Ski
There are more than a dozen bars and a lone nightclub, Les Caves.
The mini-bowling alley, Le Bowlingo, located in the shopping arcade can make part of an entertaining evening or L'Ubac Cinema shows two different movies a day, with more in bad weather (Not all films are shown in English, check before you buy your ticket)
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Les Orres in brief
Les Orres Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 1, 2012
Closed : April 7, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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