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Introduction to the area

Winter in Orcieres

Orcières Merlette 1850 - © Gilles Baron

Space, white, clear, blue... you are in Orcières !


Here, from the first peaks, you feel a sense of freedom, a feeling of well-being. Sunny south facing slopes, no shadows, a beautiful area, bathed in light, rich panoramas await you. Orcières skiing is not that fun. It is also the show !


Orcières is at the crossroads of Mediterranean and Alpine climates. One, she took the snow and air mountaineering. The other, the sun and the Provencal accent. Magical encounter for a single station...

Skiing at all altitudes.

  • Snow in Orcières Merlette - © Gilles Baron
  • Ski area map of Orcieres

With a ski area currently reaching 2725m, Orcieres is one of the rare Southern Alps resorts with high altitude skiing and an excellent variety of different facing slopes (south, east, north, west...). The best of the sun and snow over 100km of pistes with :


  • The heart of the resort accessible to beginners,
  • Snowpark of 16 000m² at 2280m,
  • innovative ski lift systems with 3 Télémix (mixture of chairlift & cable car),
  • 51 slopes including 9 green, 15 blue, 20 red et 7 black,
  • 1 boarder-skier cross, a downhill slope, a slalom course,
  • recreational slopes like "Opoualand" and "Waouland",
  • 60 snowmakers on the ski area,
  • rest areas on the field,
  • automatic hands free lift passes...


This winter, Orcieres Merlette 1850 is open from 2016-12-17 to 2017-04-17*

*according to snow conditions.

Nordic holidays from 1350m to 2280m

Husky Dog Sledding in Orcieres - © Gilles Baron

A nordic ambiance in the heart of the Southern French Alps?

Come and see for yourself! 


Visit the igloo village on the high altitude Rocherousse plateau,
enjoy a beautiful day cross country skiing in the valley or at altitude,
test out your mushing skills on the back of a husky dog sled,
discover the winter wilderness on snowshoes,
go for a winter walk around well waymarked and dammed footpaths.

A new lift for 2014

Chairlift of the Estaris in Orcieres  - © Gilles Baron

Faster, more comfortable and more secure ! Winter 2014 will replace the two places Lakes chairlift with a new six-seater detachable holder : chairlift of the Estaris. Orcières 1850 consolidates access to its altitude range. Next close to the existing path, the new chairlift serve in 5 minutes (instead of 12) Lakes area, known for its high quality snow, starting from Roche Rousse plateau (2280m).


To improve the flow of skiers, the stations of departure and arrivals were staggered. The seats are equipped with the new technology safety for children (railing with vertical bar and ski-based individual). The new lift is in operation since January 18, 2014.