Our 4 top reasons to stay in Montgenevre ski resort
- Montgenevre has a good snow record despite its sunny position
- Montgenevre has plenty of intermediate cruising
- Montgenevre was nominated for a World Snow Award 2017 - Family Resort of the Year
- Montgenevre links with many Italian ski resorts (Milky Way ski area)
As well as being one of the world’s oldest ski resorts, Montgenevre is also amongst the highest at 1850m and the slopes themselves reach nearly 2700m. Thanks to its geographical location and high altitude, Montgenevre and the area benefit from maximum snow coverage and the very welcome Mediterranean climate, claiming 300 sunny days a year! 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 - even so, the resort’s snow conditions have a track record of being excellent.
Montgenèvre village is a popular destination with a multitude of slopes and plenty of après ski to keep the whole family happy. Montgenèvre ski resort really does offer something for everyone.
The main road traffic is directed through a tunnel, restoring Montgenevre’s charm and making it a much more family-friendly resort as many areas are pedestrian.
Within the “Milky Way” (Via Lattea) ski domain, Montgenevre is the only French resort on the circuit. The remainder extend across the border into Italy, with over 400km (250 miles) of pistes which include the 2006 Winter Olympic resorts of Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere.
MONTGENEVRE SKI AREA
From Montgenèvre, it is easy to get from one area of the huge Milky Way domain to another, although most connections are red slopes.
Montgenevre’s own local ski area spans two sides:
- the south Chalvet-Serre Thibaud sector - a sunny sector, with mainly open slopes. There are blue and green runs back to Montgenèvre and a blue run to Claviere
- the north Chalmettes-Gondrans-Eagle area - high, wide-open slopes reached by the Chalmettes chondola (a mix of gondolas and chairs) with a green run bringing you back. There is also a red link to Claviere
There is also cross-country skiing, a toboggan area, a 50,000 square-metre beginners’ area and fun zones (snowpark/boarder cross).
The neighbouring French resorts of Serre Chevalier and Puy-Saint-Vincent are easily reached by car and a joint lift pass is available. However, if you prefer to keep your skis on, simply ski over the border first to Claviere, then Cesana and on to the 2006 Olympic biathlon venue of Sansicario before reaching Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx. Although there’s little skiing involved, if you wish to almost complete your 2006 Olympic set, you can take the new gondola on to Pragelato, the Nordic centre.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
85km of pistes, 52 slopes:
Green slopes: 8
Blue slopes: 12
Red slopes: 22
Black slopes: 10
254 snow cannons & 1 snow park
For beginner skiers, there’s a fine selection of convenient and gentle nursery slopes in Montgenèvre with reliable snow at the foot of the north facing area (Front de Neige). Progression to longer runs couldn't be easier, with a very easy blue piste starting at Les Anges, leading on to a green run. Skiing in Montgenèvre is certainly not a problem for beginners!
Montgenèvre has an area dedicated entirely to families and beginners. The 50,000 square-metre facility is situated at the foot of the slopes of the north facing area in the heart of Montgenèvre village. It’s a secured area composed of a travelator (conveyor belt), a free ski lift (La Durance), and a snow garden…
The whole family can enjoy the Montgenèvre ski resort, which includes a discovery trail, half pipe, freeride zones and a children's play area at the top of the Chalvet gondola.
Montgenèvre has extensive intermediate slopes with a big lift network. The local slopes are best suited to leisurely intermediates, with lots of easy cruising on blues and greens, both in the woods and on higher terrain. The major north-facing Montgenèvre Les Gondrans sector offers easy intermediate slopes above the mid-mountain gondola station, with more of a mix of runs lower down. A few of the red pistes are relatively easy for their grading.
MONTGENEVRE EXPERTS AND OFF-PISTE
There are relatively few challenging pistes, but on the other hand there’s ample off-piste terrain (see below). There’s the popular option of off-piste skiing with a mountain guide to show you the way and keep you safe. From classic runs like the Doire and the La Vachette valleys to the highly technical gullies of Le Janus, there are just so many opportunities to get off the beaten track. It's just a question of choosing which magic run to try - from the nearest in Les Bois des Brousset or Le Tremplin, and the sweeping curves of Les Mamelons to the gentle 1000-metre descent to Cervières via Les Gondrans… you’ll never run out of options! And you can get even more energetic on the slopes of La Plan or the Le Janus gullies… and a thousand other possibilities that one trip just isn't long enough to enjoy.
For snowboarders there are good local beginner slopes in Montgenèvre and long runs on varied terrain for intermediates. And there are some excellent off-piste areas for more advanced boarders - plus a dedicated free-ride area at Les Gondrans.
Located on the sector Gondrans, the snowpark at Montgenevre is accessed via a lift. Suitable for beginners as well as experts. The snowpark is maintained and secured. Montgenevre also has a boardercross, located on the Chalvet side. There is a dedicated free-ride area in the Gondrans sector. Try out your moves on the Big Air Bag - freestyle skiers and snowboarders of all ages and all levels can try the joys of acrobatic jumps safely.
There is more than 80km of cross country skiing are maintained throughout the season. 23km on the nordic site in Montgenevre and 65km in total on Alberts and Rosiere. Label 4 Nordic site, highest honour for a nordic website.
MONTGENEVRE SNOW RECORD
Nestling in a minor pass between France and Italy, where the storms funnel up the valleys, the snow record in Montgenèvre is generally excellent. The high north-facing slopes keep their snow naturally, and snow cannons cover 55% of the area, including most of the lower slopes.
Montgenevre Ski Hire
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Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Montgenevre Ski Passes
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Montgenevre Mont de la Lune daily rates 2016/17:
Day rate is €40 adults, €31.50 child
Montgenevre Ski School
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Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Montgenevre Individual Tuition (2016/17 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
Around €43 - 49 per hour for 1-2 people.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change.
Ski school Montgenevre contact numbers for private lessons:
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 21 90 46
MONTGENEVRE CHILD-CARE CENTRE FOR HOLIDAY-MAKERS - NON SKIING (for childcare with skiing, see below)
The mini-club organises a wide range of both indoor activities adapted to the age of child. Your child is in qualified hands of a nursery nurse (3 to 8 children per group). The mini-club is equipped with a welcome area, rest area and meal area for lunch (they do not supply meals but do have heating facilities). The nursery is closed on Saturday.
Ski Collection can pre-book childcare with no ski.
Children can learn to ski from 3 years old in Montgenevre with ESF Montgenevre.
CHILDCARE WITH SKIING
ESF Montgenevre also arrange kids ski and garderie formulas which Ski Collection can pre-book: Ski + Nursery – ski in the mornings, nursery in the afternoon. From 3-5yrs. 6 Full Days (09.00-17.00). Lunch not provided.
Top activities to experience in Montgenevre
Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Free sledging areas
There are 3 sledge areas for adults and children!
- In the heart of the resort: 2 separate toboggan courses, open to everyone. One for the 2-6 years old, and another one for 6+. Enjoy sledging with the free travelator, located opposite the tourist office, which leads to the top of the sledge area
The 3rd one is located in Les Alberts, opposite the lake
Night-time snowshoe treks
Torchlights, snowshoes, a little "apéritif". Easy walk for about 1 hour, discover of the Tepee, stories about nature, animals and the stars... Enjoy your evening with friends or family! Arranged with the ESF.
Montgenevre's toboggan track 'Monty Express'
Enjoy a 1400m downhill slalom in the forest, through wood bridges and tunnels. A thrilling activity for everybody. Ideal for an "après-ski" experience. Toboggan run situated behind the Tourist Office by the Chalvet gondola. From 1m25 you can drive your own sledge!
Outdoor ice rink
Natural outdoor ice rink located on the snow front. Open during the day and evening. Open until Middle of March.
Durancia Wellness & Spa Center
Durancia is located in the heart of the village and was built for the 2014/15 season.
Fresh or salt water, from 32 to 34c, relaxing or invigorating, out in the sun or in your own private bubble for 2 hours, 3 hours or the whole day…
- Leisure pool, consisting of bubble beds, jets, whirlpool, lazy river, two swimming lanes, 190 m²
- Lagoon for children
- Salt water pool
- Scented pool
Wellbeing area - over 18's only
- 2 Kneipp pools (from Germany): 1 cold water pool at 12°C and 1 hot water pool at 40°C. These pools help stimulate blood circulation and stabilise the vascular system.
- 2 saunas, 2 scents, 2 heats
- Sauna 80c Mediterranean scent, good balanc and floral aromas.
- Sauna 90c Oriental scent, positivant warm and woody aromas.
- Saline mist room
- Japanese Onsen hot water pool
- Private sun deck
Massages and treatments also available for over 18's.
Tel: 0033 492 20 67 70
Guided evening snow-mobile excursions. Duration: 1 hour. Reservations compulsory.
Tel: +33 4 92 21 83 35
Sleigh rides. 30 minute ride to the Mas des Alberts. Ideal for groups and special occassions.
Market every Wednesday until 6pm.
Other activity contact details
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Montgenevre Tourist Office
Montgenevre Tourist Information
Tel: 0033 492 21 52 52
Restaurants and bars in Montgenevre
There is a good selection of varied bars and restaurants in the resort from gourmet dinners to homemade burgers and pizzas (ideal for the little ones). Montgenevre is on the Italian border, so you can take the snowy path through to Claviere in Italy. There you can try out the restaurants also.
Le Napoleon is situated along the Front de Neige and bars and restaurants are located very nearby.
Next to Hameau des Airelles and by the Chalet des Dolines is the Cocci Market – mini market. They offer home cooked food in the Cocci market to takeaway, different specialities each day as well, such as Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette, Lasagne, Potato gratin. Also do roast chicken on rotisserie on different days of the week. There is a menu leaflet in store. Also Pizza takeaway in the hut next to the Cocci market. Everyday from 6pm in winter. Choice of around a dozen pizzas.
Amenities in Montgenevre
Montgenevre is served by a range of amenities including: mini markets, boulangerie, tabac, butcher, post office, doctors, chemist, bakery and cake shops.
Next to Hameau des Airelles and by the Chalet des Dolines is the Cocci Market – mini market. They offer home cooked food in the Cocci market to takeaway and also Pizza takeaway. Cocci Market is open from 8.00-1.00pm and 3.30-7.30. This is located in the Obelisque area of Montgenevre.
There is also a Sherpa mini market in the main village, near to Le Napoleon and also a supermarket underneath Le Napoleon.
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Ski Collection):
Distance from Calais to Montgenevre: 611 miles. Montgenevre is between 9 and 11 hours from Calais and is motorway all the way except for the last 30 minutes. Montgenevre is situated only 30 minutes from the A32 autoroute.
Paris via the Frejus tunnel or by the Lautare pass (697km)
Lyon - Grenoble by Motorway + Lautaret Pass or via the Frejus Tunnel (230km)
Grenoble - Briançon by National Road RN 91 + Lautaret Pass (130km)
Briançon - Montgenèvre by National Road RN 94 (12 km)
By Rail (pre-bookable with Ski Collection):
The nearest railway station to Montgenevre is Briancon, 12kms away from the resort. From the UK, take the Eurostar from London St Pancras station to Paris (four hours). From the French capital, connect with one of the local trains that run regularly to Briancon. Transportation from the station to Montgenevre is provided by taxis.
By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Turin Airport is 107km from Montgenevre (1 ¼ hours)
Chambery is 155km from Montgenevre (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble-Isère Airport is 222km from Montgenevre (2 hours)
Geneva Airport is 236km (2 ½ hours away)
Lyon Airport is 233km from Montgenevre (2 ½ hours)
Marseille – Montgenevre (270km). Bus service (3 hours)
Montgenevre Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Ski Collection):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and availability.
Getting around Montgenevre
2 free shuttle buses circulate in the village every day from 8:45 am till 17:45 pm, every 15-20mins. Besides providing a great service to skiers and tourists alike, this initiative is aimed at reducing traffic in the village.
Montgenevre Opening Dates
Montgenevre ski area is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Saturday 27/04/19.