Skiing in Val thorens/Orelle

Offering quick and easy access to the slopes of Val Thorens, and therefore the whole of the legendary Three Valleys area, the resort of Orelle is generally mentioned in passing when discussing the 'fourth valley'.

Located over the 'top right corner' of the Val Thorns main ski bowl, Orelle is an ideal resort for self drive guests, who know a good deal when they see one. The gondola takes just 15 minutes to reach the Orelle/Val Thorens ski area. 

Perfect for:

Long season so we can offer options from late November until May

Getting here:

Our prices include self drive for apartments and transfers for the hotels - need further information on transport options, do let us know

Skiing in Orelle

Offering quick and easy access to the slopes of Val Thorens, and therefore the whole of the legendary Three Valleys area, Orelle is generally mentioned in passing when discussing the 'fourth valley'. Located over the 'top right corner' of the Val Thorns main ski bowl, Orelle is an ideal resort for self drive guests, who know a good deal when they see one. The gondola takes just 15 minutes to reach the Orelle/Val Thorens ski area.  

The high speed Orelle cable car & then choice of chair lifts, can take you from Orelle to the Val Thorens skiing in a little under 10 minutes.  Then where you ski for the rest of your day is up to you, will it be the 160kms offered in Orelle and Val Thorens, the 300kms of piste offered in the Bellville valley, down as far as Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville, or the full 600km option, allowing you access to the full Meribel and Courchevel valleys?

Orelle, the resort, is a collection of 8 small hamlets, the cable car is located in Francoz and the accommodation we work with, the 'Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle' apartments are located a 15 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the lift station (where there is plenty of parking).

Doing More in Orelle

Orelle is not for you if you are expecting glitz and entertainment; there are a couple of small bars within the resort, a convenience shop, and that is pretty much it.  However, the Tourist Office organises a weekly events programme which includes information talks on the local area, children's activities and local history.  The Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle is often the centre of these activities, so very convenient for our guests.

Accommodation in Orelle

Arguably apartment accommodation within the Three Valleys has become expensive and shabby - not in Orelle! We work with some fantastic quality apartments which are all tastefully decorated and well appointed . Comfortably furnished, with good room dimensions, if you are a keen skier, or skiing family, this has to be your best choice.

The Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle apartments offer all the usual facilities you'd expect from an apartment complex (bar, restaurant, convenience shop etc) however, its defining feature has to be the Spa and Wellness centre.  Over 200m squared of space to relax and be pampered in.  Exactly what's needed after a hard day on the slopes!

Getting to Orelle

There are options to fly, drive or take the train - we can arrange transfers from Grenoble, Chambery or Geneva.

When driving, it is about 9 hours from Calais

The Eurostar and snow train stop at Moutiers (bottom of the valley) and transfer to resort from the station is approx 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on conditions.


Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

- see the accommodation

- see other French ski resorts

Ski Insurance

  • Ski insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

    If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

  • Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle

    £109- £511

    (£pp on std occ)

    199 APARTMENTS 1 PER APT WIFI AT A CHARGE SELF CATERING SPA FACILITIES

    Le Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle are comfortably appointed, good value apartments located  a mile from the high capacity Orelle gondola taking you directly to the Val Thorens slopes in the heart of the 3 Vallees in 15 minutes.

    They are an ideal choice for self drive, keen skiers.

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