Les Orres

Ski-slopes system (1550 - 2700m)

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Les Orres is located in the Southern Alps nearly 100 kilometers south of Briancon above the city of Embrun. With panoramic views over Serre-Ponçon Lake, in a wonderful landscape of Alpine pastures and forests of larch and Swiss pine, Les Orres resort, with its Mediterranean climate tempered by the altitude, offers holidays in the mountains all year long, with activities suitable for young and old.

 

For the 3rd time it will house the Snowattack Festival!

 

Its slope system is 105 kilometers long, the slopes lie between 1550 and 2720 meters high, partly above a forest border and partly in a pine forest. This setting makes it both a diverse and magical location.

 

The easily surveyed size of the ski area provides favorable conditions for those donning skis for the first time or who have only had few occasions on snowy slopes, but at the same time offers unforgettable experiences for those who ski or snowboard at the professional level since the ski center has been constantly improving and accommodating skiers’ needs since its opening in 1970.

 

No less than 19 lifts are at the disposal of skiers and snowboarders, and 190 snow cannons are at work providing adequate snow coverage for the slopes in case of unfavorable weather.

 

An excellent, three zone snow park awaits snowboarders; a boardercross, snake run and slopestyle area.

 

All the shops and services you will need during your holiday are available in Les Orres. Either at the 1650 resort centre or at Bois Méan Les Orres 1800: food shops, newsagents, bakeries, delicatessen, tobacconists, restaurants, sports shops, emergency services, doctors surgeries, art and craft shops etc.

 

INFORMATION SKI AREA LES ORRES
Length of ski slopes105 km
Easy35 km
Medium60 km
Difficult10 km
Number of ski slopes67
Green37
Blue6
Red20
Black4
Ski lifts19
Ski tows10
Chairlifts9
Snow cannons190
Snowparks1
Cross-country skiing30 km
Toboggan runs1

 

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur The Southern Mediterranean region of France, which is bordered by Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea from the South, Italy from the East, and French areas from the West and North. It can be reached from Paris via the TGV in just 3 hours.

One of the most important tourist regions of the country.

 

It’s a region that is ideal for rest and relaxation all year long.

From the white rock waterfronts of Marseille (Calanques) through the port of Saint-Tropez to the port of Toulon, the blue waves of the Mediterranean Sea embrace your holiday. The regions of the Ecrins National Park, the Queyras Regional Conservation Park and the Massif des Maures mountains are all abundant in tourist paths. The waters of the river Durance at the Verdon Gorge are perfect for kayaking, rafting and other whitewater sports.

 

During the winter the ski tracks of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes fulfill the expectations of all winter sports fans, whether it is snowboarding, sleighing, skiing, snowkiting or winter trekking. The average height of the Southern ranges of the Alps is higher compared to the Northern ones, even if its peaks scarcely go over 4000 metres. Its uppermost point is the Barre des Ecrins (4 102 metres).

In summer the mountains are great for hikes or via ferrata tours.

The sunny days are prevalent, with more than 300 of them per year! The climate is dry and sunshiny. The region’s fabulous scent can be smelt almost everywhere: pines, lavender, thyme.

 

Historical landmarks, sights:

  • The Palais des Papes in Avignon
  • The Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille
  • The Arles Amphitheathre
  • The Fortifications of Cité Vauban de Briançon
  • The castle of Les Baux-de-Provence
  • Picasso’s, Matisse’s, Cézanne’s and Van Gogh’s works at the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence

 

The Provence cuisine:

There is quite a big contrast between the heavier, filling dishes of the mountains (e.g. the creamy baked, sliced potatoes called gratins dauphinois; the ravioli; the chicken croquette; the Creuzets des Ecrins, which is a meaty-cheesy pasta dish) versus the Mediterranean, or Provence cuisine’s light courses: ratatouille, aioli mayonnaise with garlic, pistou vegetable soup, bouillabaisse and bourride (a special kind of fish soup).

The ones with the sweet tooth will appreciate the local honey, the calissons (chocolates with almonds and melon), the mendicants (chocolate with sun-dried fruits and seeds) and the pâte de coing (a thick, sliceable marmalade made from quince).

Out of the aperitifs we need to mention the anise-flavored liqueur, the pastis; or any of the tasty local wines (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-de-Provence, Rasteau, Bandol).

 

Cities nearby:

Embrun

A charming, small city with a gorgeous lake and a temple, with rustic and narrow streets lined with flowers, located only 5 kms from Les Orres. The city and Lake Serre-Ponçon provides an opportunity to enjoy multiple water sports, such as rafting or kayaking.

 

Gap

This seat of the Hautes-Alpes region is also nicknamed the entrance of the Southern Alps. The Route Napoléon – also called the N85 main road – crosses the city and takes you to Grenoble to the North, and the seaside town of Grasse to the South. This is the road Napoleon took while returning to Paris from his first banishment in 1815, he himself staying here overnight.

 

Briançon

The second highest city of Europe after Davos, this settlement bears the title of France’s cultural and historical town. Several houses and buildings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the fortifications planned by Vauban.

It is a well-known destination amongst the Hungarian skiers, its 250 km long track system is fully accessible.

The area can be divided into 4 smaller regions: Villeneuve, Chantemerle, Monetier and Briançon, the latter being the biggest settlement of the ski site and is a very atmospheric historical city, 1300m from sea level. The ski paradise provides myriads of sporting and entertainment opportunities (snowmobiles, public pools, paragliding).

Snowfever

During the days the best restaurant at 1800 m, but after the sunset it becomes the craziest place with parties and daily activities until 2 am!

Les Curious

One of the biggest hits at 1800 m! Look for the newest wines, biers, coctals and special rums!

Le Winter Lounge

A restaurant and bar with mountain specialities, fondues, tartiflettes (melted cheese and potato dish), raclettes (melted raclette cheese dish), salads, ice cream, pancakes, homemade desserts; wide selection of beers and cocktails.

Pizza Bois Méan

Pizza on the spot or to take away! Free delivery to your apartments in Bois Méan 1800!

Le Zenith

High-altitude fast food at the top of the Pousterle chairlift, with accessible to pedestrians and people with disabilities as well. Enjoy a high-quality service in an exceptional setting overlooking the valley!

Chalet des Fontaines

It is also called Snowattack Hütte, where the biggest hütte party is held, and has a wonderful view over the lake among the larch trees!

Le Goút des Orres

You can find here traditional cheese, homemade cold meats and all the local products from the mountains.

Supermarket 8 á huit

A supermarket in the heart of Snowattack square.

Supermarket Sherpa

A supermarket just next to the Snowattack square, where you can get the best discounts!

Drop in your bills into our Snowattack box and win 1 of the daily surprise packages!

Les Matcharellas

The only 1 tobacco and newspaper shop in the city! You can buy the suvenirs and postcards here as well! Open every day: 08.00-19.30.

Le Dinos'Orres

More than 30 years experiences with the Chanel family, the oldest restaurant in town! Mountain and region specialities at 1650 m.

 

A Grand' Cabane

Home fore pizzas, burgers, local specialities, good wines.

Broadcasting of sports events, which is a uniqe thing nearby!