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Montgenèvre

Montgenèvre Ski Resort Guide

Montgenèvre, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length100km
Highest Lift2,700m
Resort Height1,850m
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Chambery
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Montgenèvre

Lively, charming mountain village with lots of sunshine; a mix of traditional architecture and a trend to restore and build luxury and modern accomodation. Doorstep to Italy.

Summary

The French ski resort of Montgenèvre is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,850m, with 100km of marked runs.

Montgenèvre is part of the Milky Way ski area with access to 933km of downhill skiing, with 598 marked pistes, served by a total of 175 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Montgenèvre itself (100km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Milky Way ski resorts of Clavière, Sansicario, Sauze d'Oulx and Sestrière.

The ski resort itself is at 1,850m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,700m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Montgenèvre?

The next notable snow forecast is 9cm, expected on 3 October, with around 30cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Montgenèvre Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
18
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
38
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
25
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 7 
Downhill
Total Length
100km
Cross Country
Total Length
28km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
38

The Milky Way Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
114
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
309
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
142
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
33
Downhill
Total Length
933km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
175

Altitudes

Montgenèvre Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,700m
Lowest Piste1,850m
Resort Altitude (Montgenèvre)1,850m
Max Vertical850m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Montgenèvre
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Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Montgenèvre Overview

Montgenèvre could be described as one of the original altitude ski resorts. The area, a few hundred metres from the Italian border, has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has seen trans-European

travellers passing through for millenia, including famous names like Julius Ceasar, and Hannibal with his herd of elephants and, later on, Napoleon.

Today it's the base for thousands of skiers who want to slide over in to Italy via the Milky Way lift system which can take them as far as Sestière and Sauze d'Oulx when snow cover is adequate. Until recently it was necessary to ensure you had a passport on you when you crossed the border by ski lift, but the border guards at the top of Clavière's chairlifts appear to have moved on, thanks to the ending of travel restrictions within European Community countries in mainland Europe.

The lift pass scheme in which the resort participates has recently grown to become one of the world's largest and, apart from the 400km (250 miles) of sometimes lift-linked skiing in the 'Milky Way', the 'Grand Galaxy Pass' also includes neighbouring large French ski centres such as Serre Chevalier, Alpe d'Huez, Les 2 Alpes and Puy St Vincent - all in all some 1120km (just under 700 miles) of terrain served by more than 320 lifts - only slightly smaller dimensions than the famouis Dolomiti Superski, but much less fragmented.

Montgènevre is a fascinating place for those interested in the history of ski resort development - it is one of those that claim to be the birthplace of French skiing (with Clavière just over the border claiming the same for Italy), and certainly downhilling in the resort is a little over 100 years old. In the middle of Montgènevre there is a charming and traditional village centre from when the resort was most fashionable - a fact now forgotten by many reviewers who think only of Chamonix, Cortina, St Moritz and other early stars of skiing. Then, further out, there is the 'concrete rectangle' section which survives from the '60s and '70s when mass-market skiing was born, and finally, further out still, the newest developments combining modern comforts with a more sympathetic chalet style design, fashionable since the mid-'80s.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Montgenèvre is 7km long and the most difficult run is the 'Rocher de l'Aigle'.

Skiing

Montgenèvre's skiing marks the Western end of the Milky Way circuit; it's the only French resort on it. Skiing takes place on both sides of the main road that runs through the resort and over the pass into Italy. The area is most fun for intermediates who will enjoy the endless variety of trails above the treeline and then plunging down through the forest. Popular routes include the wide runs down from Les Anges at the top of the resort and the long red from Le Chavlet across the Valley.

Beginners have wide sunny slopes by the village and, because of the altitude, backed up with snowmaking, the convenience of village level nursery slopes is ensured throughout the season - unlike at many other famous but lower altitude resorts. The altitude also means that Montgenèvre can genuinely maintain a sunshine record that is the envy of many, but doesn't melt too much of the snow.

The Milky Way is extremely good fun and has an adventurous feel for those who enjoy the sensation of travelling rather than doing the same run or the same mountain face on different runs, over and over. The problem with it is that there are low points, without snowmaking, which mean you end up walking or sometimes it means the link is physically impossible. Normally it's best to aim for mid-January to the first half of March to be reasonably confident that the links will all work properly. The main weak point is Cesana Torinese at 1350m where you have to walk across a road anyway. The snow tends to melt away here the fastest but, on the plus side, there's a series of two chair lifts on either side of the valley so you can ride down over the green grass if the snow level isn't low enough, as well as back up the other side. Once you reach Sansicario you are back in 'snow sure' land and from the top of Fraiteve you can choose to head down towards Sestrière, one of the world's snow making capitals and one of the world's first high altitude purpose built resorts, or to once famously rowdy but now rather peaceful and pleasant Sauze d'Oulx.

Experts may have to travel about to find a huge amount of challenging terrain, or venture off piste with a guide. Nonetheless there are nine marked black pistes at Montgenèvre alone. These are dotted all around the mountain, but the 'off the beaten track' Col de l'Alpet area on the 'back route' to Clavière 2430 metres is a favourite area for bumps. Heliskiing from Montgenèvre: two drop off points on the Italian peaks over 3000 metres.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Montgenèvre is a good choice for 'boarders. There's a dedicated snowboard park above the resort, fenced off from the main terrain and designed for maximum air and to enable the best acrobatics. The terrain offers good and varied free riding - the main downside being that two thirds of the lifts are drags and there are flats in some key areas, particularly if tackling the Milky Way. On the other hand it is possible to travel around the key sectors by chair and Montgenèvre has a high value, high action après scene.

Location and Map

Where is Montgenèvre?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Montgenèvre is Turin Caselle, 89 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Grenoble, Turin Cuneo, Annecy, Genoa, Geneva, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 38 ski lifts are able to uplift 28,760 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 8 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Montgenèvre open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Montgenèvre Piste Map
Montgenèvre

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Montgenèvre, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Montgenèvre Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Montgenèvre

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Montgenèvre Webcams

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Aprés Ski

Montgenèvre has a reputation for lively and high value après ski, perhaps the proximity to Italy's relaxed and better value après ski destinations helps to limit the trend towards low value common at many of the top French resorts. The two dozen bars and restaurants include Le Graal and the Pub Chaberton, with Club Bluenight for active nightlife later on. Other evening activities include the floodlit ice rink, cinema and snowmobile excursions including dinner in a mountain restaurant. Montgenèvre also has an active events calendar including snow theatre and a jazz and dance festival in January.

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