The resort of Orcières Merlette 1850 is located in the Ecrins massif, in the heart of the Hautes-Alpes. This large resort offers you large snowy spaces, you will be immediately invaded by a real feeling of freedom. Overlooking the Champsaur valley, the resort of Orcières enjoys two climates: Alpine and Mediterranean. Thus, it offers the good mountain air and incredible snow cover as well as the sun of Provence. Founded in 1962 with the creation of a ski lift, it is the very first resort to be created in the Southern Alps. 

Dynamic, friendly and attractive, Orcières cultivates its own identity and culture. Thanks to its innovations and the richness of its valley, this unique destination now offers a mountain of activities for the whole family to fill up with sensations. Facing the summits, you will enjoy your holidays in an authentic and soothing universe. 

Ski Area

With a high point at 2725 m altitude, the Orcières Merlette ski area plunges you into a true jewel of nature and wide open spaces. Bathed in light, this large playground perfectly combines snow and sunshine for a holiday at the summit. Thanks to its 100 km of mostly blue and red slopes, the resort will satisfy you whatever your current skiing level.

The ski area offers fun slopes and areas to have fun with the whole family. The Opoualand piste and its many attractions and modules will delight both young and old. Just like the Waouland piste, this 100% sliding area features ski cross, jumps and natural obstacles! Finally, the Orcières snowpark nestling at an altitude of 2300 metres covers almost 16,000 m². Cool zone, music, modules and rails are waiting for you to try new tricks! A true Eldorado of ski touring, Orcières is surrounded by peaks and offers an incredible terrain for off-piste skiing. At the gateway to the Ecrins National Park, the resort allows you to explore every nook and cranny of the area and make your own trail on the still virgin snowy slopes. 

Other activities are also on offer, such as a dog-sled ride or a toboggan descent on the Winterparc. You can also try out one of the largest zip lines in Europe for an unusual experience! Orcières Morlette is a destination where action, sensations and emotions are mixed! Finally, cross-country skiing enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of the large Nordic area at their disposal. Nearly 17 km of itineraries and loops at an altitude of 2300 metres await the most seasoned skiers!

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Located 45 minutes from Gap, the resort of Orcières in the Hautes-Alpes is accessible by car via the A51 motorway from Marseille. Buses transfer from Marseille, Grenoble and Valence train stations. Shuttles are also available from the main airports (Marseille, Grenoble...). And if you come by carpooling, you benefit from reductions on your packages