Montgenèvre historic ski village sits on the Italian border in the Southern Alps. Superb new community facilities have also recently opened in Montgenèvre village, including nurseries and a cinema.
The resort recently celebrated a century of winter sports and marked this centenary by returning some of the feel of the resort to the “pre-automobile”era: it diverted the cross-border road around the resort and revitalised the slope access from the village.
The main road traffic is now directed through a tunnel, restoring Montgenevre’s charm and making it a much more family-friendly resort.
Part of one of the world’s largest ski areas, the “Milky Way” (Via Lattea) Montgenèvre is the only French resort on the circuit. The remainder extend across the border into Italy, with over 400km (250 miles) of pistes, and include the 2006 Winter Olympic resorts of Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere. As well as being one of the world’s oldest ski resorts, Montgenèvre is also one of the highest at 1850m, and the slopes themselves reach nearly 2700m. Thanks to its geographical location and high altitude, Montgenèvre and the area benefit from maximum snow coverage and the very welcome Mediterranean climate, claiming 300 sunny days a year!
The free travelator (conveyor belt) opposite the Tourist Office accesses toboggan areas for two-to- six year olds, and there’s a second hill for older adventurers. Other facilities in Montgenèvre include an ice rink, supermarket, boulangerie, newsagents, butcher, post office, and a doctors’ surgery - there are 17 restaurants/bars too, and a nightclub.
Activities available in Montgenèvre include sleigh rides and snowmobiling - and there’s a variety of snowshoeing and cross-country routes. A map with all the cross-country tracks and walking trails is available at the Montgenèvre Tourist Office and at ski pass sales points.
The resort is actually part of the Provence Cote d’Azur region but the average number of days of sunshine is greater than most resorts in the Alps. That said, the resort’s snow conditions have a track record of being excellent too.
- It has a good snow record
- There’s plenty of intermediate cruising
- It links with many Italian ski resorts (Milky Way ski domain)
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Montgenevre ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 83
- Green slopes: 8
- Blue slopes: 22
- Red slopes: 37