The resort

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1962 - 2012 : Orcieres is 50 years old !

A little history

  • 1962 : première saison pour le téléski de la Draille à Orcières
  • Les mannequins de Pierre Cardin à Orcières-Merlette

January 1962, the first lift of Orcières-Merlette was inaugurated, the first pole stretched to a desired future bright, full of life. A handful of determined volunteers and saw his project succeed.

Implement a winter sports resort in the Southern Alps he fell from a simple challenge, beyond reasonable doubt of a certain success, the urgent need to "manufacture" of jobs to countries to keep its forces ? Probably a little of it all! "To each his specialty: mine, ours, is to cultivate the fields of snow. I avoided my village desertification which he was doomed. I brought my valley a certain richness " summarized Camile Ricou, Mayor of Orcières (from 1959 to 1965 and from 1983 to 1989), founder of the resort.

The fact is that these men were insightful. They understood qu'Orcières enjoyed a site that has all three wealth coveted by ski resorts: a preserved environment, snow and sun.

Half a century of hospitality and tourism innovations...


Beyond this great asset, she has always cultivated an identity: that of a station welcoming, attractive ... and with a dynamism that led to his being a pioneer in many areas : creation of the first of Snow Garder of France (1967), launch of the Cartable à la Neige (1970), construction of a Sports and Leisure center in 1986, inauguration of the first Télémix of France in 2003, commissioning of the largest tyrolean of Europe in 2009...


Today, the resort offers winter and summer, superb skiing facilities both as leisure activities are rare or unusual, and always a warm welcome resolutely ... A little place perfect to dream higher !