Loveskiing’s Montgenevre Review
Montgenevre is located at the top of a pass on the French-Italian border, at one end of the large cross-border Milky-Way ski network. Traveling to the other end of the Milky Way area (Sestriere and Sauze d’Ouix) is a time consuming task that requires you to take some slow lifts not only up but down as well! It can also become tedious as you schuss between endless lifts – much easier to drive between the resorts if you have a car. If you stay closer to the resort you will find that the local slopes of Montgenevre are shared with Claviere in Italy. Montgenevre itself (La Voie Lactée ski area) offers some good skiing based around two mountains. There are some open bowls at the top and tree skiing lower down. The Montgenevre resort itself is small but offers still offers a mix of restaurants, bars and clubs. You can wander down into Italy, which takes about 10 minutes. The difference this makes to the price of your food is incredible… the Italian side is much cheaper. Since the construction of a tunnel in 2005 that directs traffic from the centre of the resort and around it instead, the resort has seen reduced traffic levels and has become much improved. The resort is edging out of the cheap-and-cheerful category into something a bit more upmarket.
• Superb snow record in Montgenevre – the best in the Milky Way area.
• Newly (09/10 season) redesigned beginner and nursery slopes provide a safe haven for beginners and youngsters
• Expansive intermediate slopes, plenty of cruising terrain and challenging runs
• Plenty of accommodation near the slopes so there are lots of ski-in, ski-out opportunities
• Chance to ski in two countries, with good links to Italy which offers a much better range of restaurants
• Plenty of tree lined runs
• Limited opportunities for experts, a lot of the runs are over-classified
• A large amount of old fashioned, slow lifts. On the positive side there is a lot of development taking place with several new lifts opened in the past 3 years
• Not a huge range of mountain restaurants – far better on the Italian side, both price, amount and quality!
• The resort isn’t lively with several fun bars but not much in the way of nightlife and nothing for the non skier to keep themselves entertained with
• Families – a good snow record and improved beginner and nursery area, added to a nice quite resort is ideal for families
• Tree lovers – plenty of tree lined runs providing lots of entertainment and shelter from the elements
• Explorers – those wanting to experience two countries and explore nearby resorts, then Montgenevre is a good base to stay
• Ski-in ski-out holidays
• Guaranteed snow
• Links – those wanting to ski to other resorts in the Milky Way area will soon become bored of the long flat linking runs
• Night owls – the après ski is a bit boring with nothing other than a few bars and restaurants to keep you entertained
• Non skiers or snowboarders – the resort doesn’t have much in the way of entertainment. If you aren’t carving up the mountain then expect to become bored