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Les Orres

Les Orres, in the heart of the Ecrins massif

Les Orres is a block of territory consisting of 8 hamlets or villages and is located in the Hautes-Alpes department, in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. These territories dominate the valley of Vachères. Very scattered, some of these hamlets are located on an ubac while others are located in an adret.

Les Orres have the typical characteristics of a subarctic place. Its vegetation is very abundant and its soil is rather acid. The rainfall are low due to a small amount of moisture in the cold air. In addition, its climate is temperate and polar. Therefore, the summer and winter seasons are mild and bearable. As for the reliefIt is not very rough, which makes it suitable for various sports activities.

The history of Les Orres

The name « Orres » is derived from the Latin  » Horreum « meaning granary. According to some historians, the Orriant territory was highly valued for its cereals and was used to supply the bordering regions in archaic times. Other archaeologists attest that this name is an abbreviation of the name Horetensias or of the Houerts valley, which was the most influential region at aperiod far away.

In terms of history, the locality of Orres was marked by wars and incessant foreign dominations. In turn, the Merovingians, the Saracens and even the Templars imposed their markson this area. Many remains of these rather noisy times are still present in the commune .

A ski resort with excellent facilities

Since 2017, the orriante ski resort has experienced a great innovation. In cooperation with Google, the slopes as well as the landscapes have been digitized thanks to the Google Street View Trekker system. The local development officers have taken care to set up asnowmobile composed of various photographic lenses and facilitating in this sense the geolocation.

In the field of infrastructures The resort has a brand new snowpark and two snow gardens, used to teach children the art of skiing. The resort of Orres is also equipped with low cable lifts, various ski lifts, a skating rink and a toboggan run. The area also has a skiable area with a 1,170 m vertical drop and a altitudefrom 1,550 m to 2,720 m. In addition, there are 35 marked ski trails in the area, as well as 17 ski lifts .

The ski area of Les Orres in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️Les Orres
CommuneLes Orres
MassifMassif des Ecrins
DepartmentHigh Alps
MountainSouthern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm):100
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) :100
Longest downhill ski run (in km)7
Name of the ski areaLes Orres
Connected station(s)No
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m)1 550
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m)2 720
Average altitude of the ski area (in m)2 135
Total vertical drop of the domain (in m)1 170
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha)110
? Difficulty of the ski runs ?
Number of green runs9
Number of blue trails4
Number of red trails18
Number of black runs4
Total number of downhill ski trails35
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts9
Children’s treadmill0
Fixed grip chairlifts4
Detachable Chairlifts4
Cable cars0
Total number of lifts17
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area)4
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm):14
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark:Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spaYes (summer)
Trails accessible on foot from the village :Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village)580
Slogan of the stationLes Orres1650m – 2720m
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station:Embrun
Bus shuttle to a train station:Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers)716
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 38 €
Price of the weekly pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 195 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 50 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 430 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 610 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 1 020 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 515 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 2 250 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 2 850 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 135 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 285 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 109
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 109
Note of the ski area and ski lifts / 107
Note on the diversity of the proposed activities (except ski) / 107
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 107
Note on the average cost of a stay / 107
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /107,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 107,6
? Ranking according to ? 62nd position out of 232 stations in France

Les Orres in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Les Orres?

The resort of Les Orres is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Dogsledding This activity offers you the opportunity to make a sled ride in the company of beautiful dogs. This activity will allow you to discover the resort while enjoying the unique sensation of sliding.

Paragliding Paragliding : this activity is perfect to fill up with strong sensation, will allow you to take height and thus to benefit from an incomparable sight on the station and its surroundings.

Snowmobile Snowmobiling: This activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort at full speed on your snowmobile.

Snowshoeing This activity will allow you to explore the resort in winter. You will be able to discover its magnificent snowy landscapes.

  • What are the activities in summer in the resort of Les Orres?

The resort of Les Orres also offers many summer activities such as :

Trial : This activity is perfect to do sports, improve your reflexes and at the same time admire the resort. You will have the opportunity to discover the resort and its landscapes through reserved paths.

MOUNTAIN BIKING : This activity is perfect to take full advantage of the relief of the resort and its surroundings. You will be able to explore the resort to admire its landscapes and ride down its slopes at full speed to enjoy the sensations.

Sledding on rails : This activity is perfect for young and old alike, and will allow you to enjoy the sensations of sledding in the middle of summer.

HikingHiking : this activity is perfect to discover the nature of the resort in summer. It will give you the opportunity to admire and discover the landscapes of the resort at your own pace.

  • What to visit in Les Orres and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Les Orres, we can mention : Les Sagnettes, The bridge, The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, the Church of Our Lady of the Presentation.

  • Where to eat in Les Orres ?

The resort of Les Orres offers more than 28 restaurants among which we can mention : Les Moufles, Lou Cuguilloun, Winter Lounge.

  • Where to sleep in Les Orres ?

Les Orres offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel La Sauvagine, The Fernande, Les Peupliers Hotel Restaurant .

  • How big is the ski area of Les Orres ?

The ski area of the resort of Les Orres has a size of 100 kilometers, divided into 35 trails. Of these runs, the longest is 7.2 kilometers. It also has 14 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Les Orres?

This area has an altitude between 1550 meters and 2720 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Les Orres ski pass?

Their packages start at 64 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Les Orres?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 430 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 610 euros.

  • Does Les Orres have a bike park?

Yes, it has a Bike Park which measures 29 kilometers and has 18 trails, the longest of which measures 3.6 kilometers.

  • How to get to Les Orres by train ?

You can easily get there from the Embrun train station. Then you can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Les Orres ?

The zip code for Orres is 05200.

  • In which department is located the resort of Les Orres ?

The resort of Les Orres is located in the department of Haute Alpes.

  • Does the resort of Les Orres have a tourist office?

The resort of Les Orres is part of the tourist office Les Orres. It is located at the Station des Orres 1650 1 Place Des Etoiles 05200, Les Orres, France.

  • Are there any webcams in Les Orres ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Les Orres ?

You can find the latest weather report for Les Orres at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Les Orres ?

In Les Orres, the ski lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Les Orres ?

Yes, it is at 2 Place des Festivals, 05200 Les Orres, France.

What is’s opinion about Les Orres?

In the end,skidata.iogives an average rating of 7.64 to the resort of Les Orres, which places it in the 63rd position in France. Its strong points are: the size of the area compared to the price, the skiable area and the average snow coverage.

Les Orres ski slopes map

Les Orres - Ski Trail Map
Les Orres – Ski slope map
Les Orres - Nordic ski area map
Les Orres – Nordic ski area map

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