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Les Orres

Les Orres Ski Resort Guide

Les Orres, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall 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

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.

Summary

The French ski resort of Les Orres is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,600m5,249ft, with 63km39 miles of marked runs.

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.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Les Orres?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 7 November.

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Ski Area Stats

Les Orres Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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
Downhill
Total Length
63km39 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
40km25 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
25

Altitudes

Les Orres Ski Area Heights

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

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Les Orres
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

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.

 Notable Ski Runs

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

Skiing

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

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.

Location and Map

Where is Les Orres?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Les Orres is Grenoble, 140 minutes drive away.

Marseille Provence, Chambery, Turin Caselle, Avignon and Turin Cuneo airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 65km40 miles of ski runs, with 104 snow cannons.

Season Dates

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:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Les Orres, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Les Orres Tourist Office for the latest.

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)

Les Orres