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Orcières-Merlette Ski Resort Guide

Orcières-Merlette, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length85km53 miles
Highest Lift2,730m8,957ft
Resort Height1,850m6,070ft
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Marseille Provence
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The French ski resort of Orcières-Merlette is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,850m6,070ft, with 85km53 miles of marked runs.


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.


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


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

Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Le Gourou'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Orcières-Merlette?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Orcières-Merlette.

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Ski Area Stats

Orcières-Merlette Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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


Orcières-Merlette Ski Area Heights

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

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Orcières-Merlette
Intermediate Skiers

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Ski Lessons in Orcières-Merlette

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Location and Map

Where is Orcières-Merlette?

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


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Orcières-Merlette is Grenoble, 150 minutes drive away.

Marseille Provence, Chambery, Avignon, Lyon St-Exupéry and Lyon Bron airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 40km25 miles of ski runs, with 33 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Orcières-Merlette open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

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

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