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Les Orres

Les Orres Ski Resort Guide

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Les Orres, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Les Orres Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length63km39 miles
Highest Lift2,770m9,088ft
Resort Height1,600m5,249ft
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Marseille Provence
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Les Orres at a glance

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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Les Orres Facts, Stats and Ratings

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Ratings for Les Orres
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Les Orres?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Les Orres
Highest Lift2,770m9,088ft
Lowest Piste1,650m5,413ft
Resort Altitude (Les Orres)1,600m5,249ft
Max Vertical1,170m3,839ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Les Orres Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Les Orres
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 10km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2048km30 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 6 10km6 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 7 20km12 miles
Total Length
63km39 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
40km25 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Les Orres Summary

The French Ski Resort of Les Orres has direct access to 63km39 miles of downhill skiing, with 29 marked pistes, served by a total of 25 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m5,249ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,770m9,088ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Les Orres Overview

Overlooking the Durance Valley and the lake of Serre-Poncon, Les Orres has one of the largest ski areas in the Southern Alps. The resort has a sunny, southerly location with skiing up to snow-sure altitudes. Les Orres did seem to be losing its edge in the 1990s with increasingly old lifts and buildings, but three new high-speed six-seater chairs and plenty of new initiatives to enhance the 'guest experience' have definitely spiced it up. There are also more facilities to diversify the holiday options available including an ice rink, cyber cafe, training circuit, multi-media room, family area and health spa. Although an 'intermediate heaven' there are serious opportunities for off-piste. The only thing you won't find is a buzzing nightlife.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'L'Horrible'.

 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.

Les Orres offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner 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.

When is Les Orres open?

 Open from : December 12, 2020.

 Closes : April 17, 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Les Orres.

Snow Making

Les Orres is able to make snow, on 65km40 miles of ski runs, with 104 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 25 ski lifts of Les Orres are able to uplift 21,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Les Orres?

Les Orres is in the French Alps in Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

How can I get to Les Orres?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Les Orres are Grenoble, Marseille Provence and Chambery. There are six airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

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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