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Ornon Pass

The Col d’Ornon, a family ski resort in the Taillefer Massif

The Ornon pass is a pleasant ski resort located between the Écrins massif to the east and the Taillefer massif to the west. On its 1 360 meters of altitude, this family resort of the Matheysine and the Oisans region straddles 2 territories, but also Ornon and Chantperrier. The natural wealth of the 2 villages: Plateau des lacs classified Natura 2000 and the big tuffière are places not to be missed during a stay on the resort.

The alpine domain has 4 trails with several variants suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers. The Nordic area also offers trails through the forest to the village of Chantelouve.

In natural and picturesque landscapes

The ski area offers on « Le Plan du Col », a ski lift and the free Bambi serving 2 green runs as well as an area for learning. A part of the resort that is perfect for beginners. As for experienced skiers, they can enjoy, on « Les Hauts du Col ».two ski lifts giving access to a green run, a blue run, 2 black runs and 2 red runs.

Apart from that, while crisscrossing the beautiful tracks of the Col d’Ornon one after the other, you will have the possibility to contemplate the landscape picturesque of the mid-mountain alpine forest. And on both sides of the valleyyou can discover the beauty of the massif Taillefer and Grand Armet, as well as Vallon and Tête des Filons.

With 22klm of cross-country ski trails

Although the resort of Col d’Ornon is the smallest of the resorts located in the Oisans, it remains an excellent place to practice winter activities. Between the alpine skiing, the Nordic skiing (22klm of slopes), snowshoeing or snow sports, you have a wide choice. You can also discover winter orienteering courses, ski touring, the ice falls as well as sled dogs.

The Col d’Ornon resort in a few figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Col d’Ornon
Commune Ornon
Massif Massif of Taillefer
Department Isère
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 8
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 8
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 2
Name of the ski area Col d’Ornon
Connected station(s) No
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 060
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 1 350
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 205
Total height of the domain (in m) 290
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 0
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 3
Number of blue runs 1
Number of red trails 2
Number of black runs 2
Total number of downhill ski runs 8
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 4
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 0
Detachable Chairlifts 0
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 0
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 4
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 4
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 22
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: No
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa No
Trails accessible on foot from the village : No
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 150
Slogan of the station The family resort
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Grenoble
Bus shuttle to a train station: No
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 632
? Price survey in the station ?
Price of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 12 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 80 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 80 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 35 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 350 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 550 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 670 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 028 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 1 600 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 2 000 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 96 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 200 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 6
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 6
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 4
Note on the diversity of activities offered (except skiing) / 10 5
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 7
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 9
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 6,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 6,2
? Ranking according to ? 194th position out of 232 stations in France

The Ornon Pass in 19 Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Col D’Ornon?

The resort of Col D’Ornon is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Snowboard : This activity is perfect for those who want to find strong sensations. You will be able to ride at full speed on the slopes of Col D’Ornon and discover new sensations of sliding.

Snowshoeing : You will be able to discover the snowy nature of the station of Col D’Ornon thanks to this activity. You can then observe its fauna and flora.

Dog sledding : This activity will allow you to spend time with man’s best friend. You will have the opportunity to discover the nature of Col D’ornon accompanied by beautiful sled dogs.

Waterfalls Ice The station of Col D’ornon puts at your disposal not less than 2 sites of climbing. You will be able to practice ice climbing with your safety equipment.

  • What are the activities in summer at Col D’Ornon resort?

The Col D’Ornon resort also offers many summer activities such as :

Hiking Hiking: you can enjoy the summer to explore and discover the nature of Col D’Ornon. You can appreciate its fauna, its flora and the beauty of its landscapes.

The Climbing Thanks to this activity you will be able to take advantage of 2 climbing sites to practice. You will be able to test new sensations and appreciate the breathtaking view that they offer.

Trial If you are a Trial fan, then you will be happy to know that this resort has a Trial course. You can practice safely on the trails of Col D’Ornon.

Bicycle Cycling : you can also practice either cycling or mountain biking on this station. It has roads and paths that will allow you to fully enjoy your 2 wheels.

  • What to visit in Col D’Ornon and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Col Dornon, we can mention : Hamlet of La Palud, The Col D’ornon Fault, The Ecrins National Park, Massif du Taillefer.

  • Where to eat in Col D’Ornon ?

The resort of Col D’Ornon offers more than 20 restaurants among which we can mention : Au Montagnard, The Rustic, The Chalet of Pèr’Sillé.

  • Where to sleep in Col D’Ornon ?

Col D’Ornon offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel Gite Le Grand Renaud, Hotel La Cascade, Camping RCN Belledonne.

  • What is the size of the Col D’Ornon ski area?

The ski area of the Col D’Ornon resort has a size of 8 kilometers, divided into 8 trails. Of these runs, the longest is 1.7 kilometers long. It also has 22 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Col D’Ornon?

This area has an altitude between 1350 meters and 1900 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Col D’Ornon package?

Their packages start from 12 euros per day, and 80 euros per week.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Col D’Ornon?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 350, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 550

  • Does the Col D’Ornon resort have a bike park?

No, it does not have a bike park.

  • How to get to Col D’Ornon by train ?

You can easily get there from the Grenoble train station. Then you will have to take a Bus or a Taxi to get to the station.

  • What is the zip code of Col D’Ornon ?

The zip code for Col D’ornon is 38520.

  • In which department is the Col D’Ornon station located?

The Col D’ornon ski resort is located in the department of Isère.

  • Does the resort of Col D’Ornon have a tourist office?

The station of Col D’ornon is part of the Valbonnais tourist office. It is located at the Tourist Information Office of La Mure 43 Rue du Breuil 38350 La Mure, France.

  • Are there any webcam on Col D’Ornon ?

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

  • Where to find information about the weather in Col D’Ornon ?

You can find the latest weather report for Col D’ornon station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Col D’Ornon?

In Col D’ornon, the 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 Col D’Ornon?

Yes, it is at the address Le Plan Col 38520 Col D’Ornon.

What is’s opinion about Col D’Ornon?

In the end, gives the Col D’Ornon a rating of 6.21/10 on average, making it the 194th best place in France. Its strong points are: the cost of a stay, average snowfall, the evaluation of Internet users.

Map of the ski slopes of the Col D’Ornon

col ornon ski slopes map
Col d’ornon – Trail map

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