Frequently asked questions


Your most frequently asked questions


What are the resort's opening dates?

This winter, Orcières Merlette 1850 will welcome you from Saturday December 16, 2023 to Sunday April 14, 2024 (subject to snow conditions, possibility of early opening on Saturday December 9, 2023 if conditions permit).

What are the ski lift times in winter?

It depends on the ski lifts and the periods. Overall, access to the ski area is possible from 9:00 am. The last climbs are staggered from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All the details are on the back of the piste map.

What shops are open in Orcières out of season?

Outside of opening periods (spring and fall) activity in the resort is slow but the mountain of course remains accessible to everyone! Nature lover, intrepid adventurer or simply in need of tranquility, we suggest that you consult a list of businesses, services and activities accessible this autumn 2023.


Is there a charge for parking in the resort ?

In winter, the Flags (P4), Lutins (P5), Rocherousse (P7) and Place des Queyrelets (P6) car parks are charged for by the day. We invite you to park your vehicle in the Casse-Blanche car park (P1) with 700 covered spaces, supervised and free. See all parkings.

What is the market day in Orcières ?

In the winter season, the market takes place every Thursday in the P3 car park opposite the Tourist Office. Parking is therefore prohibited from the night before.

What should I know about traffic conditions in winter ?

From now on, special equipment is compulsory for all vehicles in circulation in the Hautes-Alpes department during the winter period, i.e. from November 1 to March 31 of each year. Concretely, road users in winter must have four snow tires or a pair of chains or socks on board the vehicle.

Traffic conditions are updated in real time on, the inforoute05 application. You can also call the Info Route 05 voice server on 04 65 03 00 05. For access from Grenoble, see