Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle
A new development just above the hamlet of
Francoz, itself part of the commune of Orelle in the
Maurienne Valley. Smart apartments, shop, bar,
health centre including a pool, and a good quality
restaurant. Jump onto the shuttle bus in the
morning and twenty five minutes later (after a ride
on the gondola) you can be on the ridge above Val
Thorens, ready for a full day of skiing in the world's
largest interlinked ski area.

Next day, having done most of the 650kms of the
Trois Vallees, decide on a 35 minute drive one way
to Valmeinier for the 150kms of the Espace Galabier
or the same the  other way to the 125kms of Val
Cenis for a bit of variety.

Then you see the advantage of Orelle. A base for
more skiing than you are ever going to be
exhausted of, an easy journey and controlled costs.
The apartments are 6 kms from the autoroute, with
no slow journey up the mountain in a tour
operator's  coach or in your car hoping there will
be no need to put the chains on in some frozen,
snowy lay-by. There as buses direct to the door
from Lyon, Grenoble or Chambery every Saturday
and TGV stations just down the road at St Michel de
Maurienne and Modane. On top the prices are
much less than  in Val Thorens.
Our Apartment - Building A, Apartment 101

A double bedroom, two bunks and a double bed settee, so it can
sleep 6. Small but fully equipped kitchen and nice bathroom with
a full bath and shower and plenty of hot water. TV, DVD player
and lots of games and a balcony looking down at the gondola
Geneva and Lyon (St Expury) Airports are both two
hours drive. Chambery is one hour and Grenoble's
airport (not on map but just to the west of the city)
is about 1 hour 20 mins. It is also possible to fly to
Turin, less than 2 hours away. Hire car rates are
cheaper in Italy but you have to pay for the Frejus
Tunnel to reach Orelle
The "kms" on the diagram are the total of the runs
at each resort. The longest journey to one is to that
to St Francois (only 45 mins). There are a number of
smaller resorts not shown and others a little
further, including Briancon for Serre Chevalier and
other parts of the Milky Way beyond Sauze d'Oulx.  
You need to book use of the health centre
and the pool in advance. The restaurant
has a standard menu and an a la carte and
it is possible to have breakfast there (but
the shop opens early and has very fresh
bread). There is another restaurant by the
ski lift and others locally (try the Turkish
one in Modane - not what you expect in
France but you won't feel hungry
afterwards, even after a hard day skiing!)
....and in the summer.
Orelle is ideal for a summer break as well. Not only are there many
local walks, there are literally hundreds of kilometres of well
maintained tracks in the Maurienne Valley and leading up into the
high mountains. For cyclists (depending on how masochistic you
are) there are some of the most famous stages of the Tour de
France and the Tour de Dauphine to attempt, including the Col du
Galibier. Mountain bikers have plenty of tracks to explore, with local
ski resorts opening lifts in the summer specially for them.

The Orelle Tourist Office has plenty of details on their site, including
the many other things you can do in the area (click below or go to