Ski Orcieres Merlette, Orcieres

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Orcières-Merlette, also known as Orcières Merlette 1850, is a ski resort near to Orcières, Hautes-Alpes, in the French Alps. It has been a summit finish for Tour de France stages on multiple occasions, most notably in 1971, when Luis Ocaña beat Eddy Merckx by over eight minutes to take the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
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  • A fairly nice large ski station. Lots to do, decent places to eat. I prefer the smaller station but this one has a lot to offer. 
    A fairly nice large ski station. Lots to do, decent places to eat. I prefer the smaller station but this one has a lot to offer.  more »
  • Been here for 3 night although the station is real quiet it's actually very nice to hike when almost no one is around. The mountain faces south which is great, and the lift brings you to the top... 
    Been here for 3 night although the station is real quiet it's actually very nice to hike when almost no one is around. The mountain faces south which is great, and the lift brings you to the top...  more »
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  • My experience with ESF was horrible. I took an adult beginners class and since I'd never been on skis before, I needed the very basics, like how to balance, stand, etc. Instead of starting on a flat surface to practice, they put us on a small slope and just said, "okay, ski down". I fell every time and the instructor was clearly annoyed with me, even made fun of me in front of the whole class. Before class started, the meeting area was chaos - there were more than 50 or so people standing around, trying to figure out which instructor they were supposed to go with. I told them I needed an English-speaking instructor and they said "follow so-n-so", but they don't have their names on their jackets so it was impossible to tell the instructors apart. I ended up with someone who doesn't speak any English, which is okay because I speak some French. But from what I could tell, I was just being insulted the whole time; never given any real instruction nor any encouragement. The experience has made me very wary to ever ski again but I will try again with another ski school. Maybe the experience is different for those who speak French fluently.
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