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Winter and summer activities from Orelle

Orelle and its surrounding area offers holiday makers a great choice of outdoor activities. First and foremost Orelle offers skiers and snowboarders access to the largest pisted ski area in the world during the winter months. In the summer, you can walk the numerous mountain paths, two of which start from outside the chalet, or, hop on your bicycle and retrace the routes of the famous Tour de France. Why not picnic on a mountain lake and take in the fresh mountain air and wonderful flora and fauna.

Winter skiing from Orelle

Once you have taken the gondola ski lift in Orelle you will be transported within 15 minutes to a height of 2350m and the fun starts! Ski Orelle up to 3230m or head over to Val Thorens and the rest of the 3 valleys network via the new 6 man Rosael chair lift. To warm up on your ski holiday try the long blue run called the Peyron or go to the top of the Buchet for a more challenging red run!

Orelle / Val-Thorens

  • 140 km of pisted slopes
  • 100% above 1800 meters
  • 30 ski lifts
  • 68 ski runs and snowparks :
    • 8 green runs
    • 27 blue runs
    • 25 red runs
    • 8 black runs
    • plus snowparks and boardercross

The Belleville Valley

Ski resorts included Orelle, Val Thorens, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires

  • 300 km of slopes
  • 159 ski runs
  • 66 ski lift
  • 100 % above 1800 meters

The 3 Valleys

Ski resorts included Orelle, Val Thorens, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Brides Les Bains, Méribel, La Tania, Courchevel

  • 600 km of slopes
  • 85% above 1800 meters
  • 180 ski lift
  • 336 ski runs :
    • 49 green runs
    • 135 blue runs
    • 118 red runs
    • 34 black runs

In the village of Orelle, by the ski lift '3 valleys Express' you will find: the ski hire shop, the lift pass shop, the ski school, the off piste ski school, the bar/café, the Tourist Office and the Post Office. There is also plenty of free parking right next to the lift.

For 'thrill seekers' forget bungie jumping take the Orelle to Val Thorens Tyrolienne - cross from 3230m in Orelle to 3000m in Val Thorens on a zip wire with your skis strapped to the back of your seat at speeds of up to 105 Km/h!!

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Walking, cycling, climbing and mountain biking from Orelle for your summer holidays

There isn't just skiing in the French Alps and once the snow has melted in Orelle a lush new environment emerges. During the summer months the sun is king and this is the occassion to organise your mountain walking or cycling excursions. Close to the the national park of the Vanoise, Orelle is still wild, unspoilt and off the beaten track. Discover the hidden secrets that the Maurienne mountains offer - lakes, waterfalls, nature trails, mountain deer and cows, marmottes, other wildlife and much more. Visit the Parc National de la Vanoise.

Recommended lakes to visit

  • Lake Bissorte
  • Lake Bouchet
  • Lake Génépy
  • Lake Mont Cenis (a truly wonderful spot with a restaurant and bar overlooking the lake and you can drive down on into Italy - spectacular views!)

For sporty 'thrill seekers' try the zip wires and high ladders of the Via Ferrata which is graded. Visit the 'Marie - Thérèse fortress' and the gorges for a great day out for both adults and children.

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A few links to visit for your summer activities including walking and cycling trails