Les Orres, like the other southern alpine resorts (notably Isola 2000), enjoys longer, sunnier days, and more temperate winters. Luckily, Les Orres’ altitude means that it is snow-sure, so it really gets the best of both worlds.
Located 3 hours and 185km south of Grenoble airport, or 3 hours and 180km west of Turin, Les Orres is among the most inaccessible of Alps resorts. Its position and long transfers means that it isn’t as well visited by tourists as some of the more northern resorts. As such, many of the skiers here are French and Italian. But this is good, as it keeps the resort reasonably priced, and fairly traditional.
Les Orres was purpose-built in the late thirties and has received some major expansions since. There are now three stations in the town, Les Orres, 1550, 1600, and 1800, which stagger up the mountainside. The central station, Les Orres 1650, is the biggest, with the best lift links, largest hotels, and most to do off the slopes, whereas Les Orres 1550 is the quietest and oldest, and Les Orres 1800 is the most ski-focused.
The town itself is large and lively, and a continental style apres and gastro scene welcomes you back at the end of a day. Due to the lack of tourists here, most of the bars and restaurants are locally owned. This makes the food traditionally French, which is never a bad thing, but also keeps it from being as expensive as some of the more famous resorts.
If you’re looking for a more continental ski break and you don’t mind a longer transfer, Les Orres is a friendly and atmospheric resort with a good snow record and an even better sunshine one.
Les Orres highlights: Sunny southern slopes and great traditional French dining make Les Orres as good for apres and eating as it is for skiing.
Les Orres is best for: Those who are looking to get away from the touristy feel of larger, more developed resorts to the north, and enjoy something a little off the beaten track. Les Orres has plenty of varied terrain to suit all levels of skiers and boarders.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Les Orres:
Les Orres’ may only have 63km of enclosed slopes, but it makes its home on a sunny massif, and finds its top lift reaching a respectable 2,720m. What makes it even better is that the next two highest lifts are within 100m of that, measuring in at 2,700m, and 2,658m. This makes Les Orres very attractive, with nearly all of its runs snaking down from the top of the mountain to the resort.
The lower slopes are fairly gentle, and several long greens and blues suited to beginners wind down from the mid-stations. Learns will like the nursery slopes above Les Orres 1800, too.
Intermediates will find the most on offer, with all the lifts serving up reds and blues. Some great off-piste is available heading down, as well.
Those seeking thrills will love some of the steep blacks coming down off the top lifts, as well as the spines and bowls that litter the higher terrain. Several areas are marked for cliffs, but staying to the left of the map as you look at it, over Les Orres 1550 and 1650 will keep you well away from them and open up the whole mountain.
The area is comprised of 37 pistes covering 63km of downhill, served by 25 lifts.
First-time and beginner skiers: First timers will attend ski school above Les Orres 1800, but can find plenty of good learner terrain higher up. Fontaines and Marmottes are two great greens coming back down to town from the learner area, and on the other side, Edelweiss 1 and 2 off the top of the Pic Vert lift is a good one to aim for.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will love the long runs down from the peaks. Grand Cabane down from the Genepi lift is excellent fun and well worth doing as a last run of the day, while Cretes down from the Cretes lift provides access to Myrtilles, another outlying red worth seeking out.
Expert skiers: Experts won’t find much in the way of challenging blacks, but Blanchon and especially Pousterle are worth finding off the high lifts. Otherwise, you can look forward to some solid off-piste and tree-riding, providing conditions are good.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Les Orres
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Les Orres:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Les Orres?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Les Orres
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Les Orres (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Les Orres
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Les Orres
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Les Orres can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Les Orres
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Les Orres. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Les Orres
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Les Orres designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!