Orelle: rapid access to skiing in Val Thorens…

Today we drove down to Orelle in the Maurienne Valley and took the long ride skywards on the Trois-Vallées Express gondola lift. Around fifteen amazing minutes later we stepped out onto soft powder snow and knew that this was going to be quite a day. And it was; a simple onward chairlift ride took us to an unforgettable overview of Val Thorens.

The sky was steely blue and the quality of the snow beneath our skis confirmed that we had indeed landed in Europe’s highest ski area. For the next few hours we toured the highest peaks, skied some epic descents and found time to enjoy our best-ever on-mountain meal in La Fruiterie.

Working our way back towards our starting point offered an opportunity to ride the Cime de Caron téléphépherique, still the world’s biggest and highest cable-car. From the summit we gazed, awe-struck at our surroundings before blasting down the Black-graded Combe de Rosaël piste. At the bottom, feeling elated at having accomplished this testing descent, we took just one more chairlift ride to ski some of Orelle’s own excellent terrain, before boarding the gondola back down to Orelle. You wouldn’t believe half of what we saw and did,  so we’ll be supplying photos – stay tuned…

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