Set high above the vast Lac de Serre-Ponçon between Gap and Briançon, Les Orres’ significant snowfalls are triggered by the presence of nearby mountain ranges including the Massif du Parpaillon.
There are 100km of marked ski runs, spread over 1170 metres of possible vertical altitude. What with the snow park and a mix of ski slopes for all ability levels, visitors are guaranteed an enjoyable stay.
Les Orres ski resort is constantly making efforts to better itself, the facilities in resort for sport (The Pousterle run hosts a round of the European downhill ski cup) and at the same time for families makes it a holiday destination certainly worth considering.
Les Orres’ origins as a purpose-built high-altitude ski area are reflected in the high-rise architecture of the original 1650 village, but in recent years, 1800 Bois-Méan, a much more traditionally-styled village has been taking shape above the old one. This offers higher comfort levels, more spacious accommodation and ski-in/ski-out convenience.
Don’t write-off the original village, though, which works well, offers a good range of shops and services and has a tangible buzz to it. There’s also free internet access via a WiFi network, which extends to the upper village. It’s a fun place.