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Orcières-Merlette Ski Resort Guide

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Orcières-Merlette, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Orcières-Merlette Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners and Snowboarders.
Total Piste Length85km53 miles
Highest Lift2,730m8,957ft
Resort Height1,850m6,070ft
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Marseille Provence
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Orcières-Merlette at a glance

Unfortunately the 15-floor buildings at this purpose built centre have won little critical acclaim, but the surrounding scenery is awesome and the weather and skiing both good, meaning slopes can be crowded.

 When will it snow in Orcières-Merlette?

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Orcières-Merlette Facts, Stats and Ratings

Orcières-Merlette Rated

Ratings for Orcières-Merlette
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Orcières-Merlette?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Orcières-Merlette
Highest Lift2,730m8,957ft
Lowest Piste1,850m6,070ft
Resort Altitude (Orcières-Merlette)1,850m6,070ft
Max Vertical880m2,887ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Orcières-Merlette Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Orcières-Merlette
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 10km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
85km53 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Orcières-Merlette Summary

The French Ski Resort of Orcières-Merlette has direct access to 85km53 miles of downhill skiing, with 44 marked pistes, served by a total of 29 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,850m6,070ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,730m8,957ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Le Gourou'.

 Skiing in Orcières-Merlette

Orcières-Merlette offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

 Snowboarding in Orcières-Merlette

Orcières-Merlette offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Orcières-Merlette.

When is Orcières-Merlette open?

 Open from : December 12, 2020.

 Closes : April 17, 2021.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Orcières-Merlette.

Snow Making

Orcières-Merlette is able to make snow, on 40km25 miles of ski runs, with 33 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts of Orcières-Merlette are able to uplift 22,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Orcières-Merlette?

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

How can I get to Orcières-Merlette?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Orcières-Merlette are Grenoble, Marseille Provence and Chambery. There are six airports within three hours drive.


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