France Ski Accommodation in Montgenevre, France

Description

A convenient but natural ski area with a lovely old village. Possibly the best non-glacier conditions in France. Very high and snow sure with brilliant local skiing and cheap links to the Milky Way.

This is one of those rare resorts with everything! The attractive old village of Montgenevre is convenient, snowsure and extensive with brilliant skiing for all standards and with high mileage available for those who want it. From the terrace of our hotel you can see a vast, white expanse of gently shelving slopes fed by lifts. Beyond is a wide bowl, mostly above the trees. Behind the hotel is the sunny, south-facing side which you reach after a long schuss and short walk, or a longer walk up the village. It's less accessible, quieter, uncrowded and is a brilliant area for an early morning blast.

The ski pass includes Claviere and Cesana which adds about 50% more skiing and intermediates can ski there and back. There has been a lot of investment in recent years, both in Montgenevre and neighbouring Claviere, and the combined area offers more lifts, pistes and links every year. You can now ski sans frontiers north or south of the pass and the whole area is fully integrated. A new reservoir was built last year to supply the snowmaking system, which can now cover most of the resort. Beginners have a great choice, not only on the superb village runs but in the bowl as well. They can ski all the way home on an easy blue path to gain that invaluable sense of achievement. The ski school is friendly and the instructors speak good English.

Intermediates have plenty of choice, including sweeping blue runs, reds with gentle moguls, some pretty tree runs and now, the fantastic Colletto Verde into Italy. Last year, a fast four person chair replaced the uncompromising dog-leg tow to the Rocher de l'Aigle. There are dramatic, craggy outcrops and great views all the way, then a beautiful run, partially off-piste, all the way to Claviere.

Much of the Montgenevre terrain gets unofficially pisted by skiers enjoying the gullies and trees between the pistes which almost doubles the official mileage. Experts have three or four blacks and we also recommend the cheap day extension to the Milky Way, giving over 400km of great skiing in all. Absolutely all standards are happy here.

Montgenevre village is a delightful jumble of old stone buildings clustered around a church. Unlike most French resorts it's an authentic mountain community established on the pass for centuries and with loads of character.

Montgenevre was France's first ski resort and you can see the remains of the antique lift next to the abandoned fortress overlooking the pass. Night life is friendly and fairly lively, centred on a sprinkling of bars.


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Apres

Montgenevre is often frequented by the family market, but don’t be put off entirely as there are a handful of lively bars and relatively inexpensive compared to some of the bigger name French resorts.

Le Graal
Le Graal is the largest pub in resort and is run by a couple of Brits. Handily it sits just at the bottom of the slopes, making it an ideal spot for apres ski. Whether you are looking for a lively drinking session with a bit of dancing or something more chilled out, Le Graal has a good variety of live music each week, as well as sports coverage on the TV screens. With happy hour between 5-6pm you can take advantage of the cheap drinks!

Le Chaberton
If you want something a little more French, head to the Chaberton which is the second largest bar in resort. The après scene here is lively and they host regular karaoke nights and bring in bands for live sessions.

Club Bluenight
Club Bluenight is Montgenevre’s only nightclub and the best place to head if you want to stay out late. It’s a classic French nightclub, where the dance floor is crowded and R&B hits are pumped on the speakers.


Eating out

Montgenevre has a dozen or so restaurants in the town itself and considering its proximity to the resorts in the Milky Way ski network, there are a fair few Italian influences in the cuisine.

Le Transalpin
Le Transalpin has a rather modern interior design and the cuisine is dominated by Italian dishes. It is popular within the resort, and renowned for its friendly staff and interesting dishes. It’s a great opportunity to try something new; the wild boar ravioli and deer stew come highly recommended. Chef Alessandro serves up generous but perfectly presented portions.

Caesar’s
Caesar’s is a welcoming, family-friendly restaurant, serving up a variety of dishes with French, American and Italian influences. With its varied menu, it should keep everyone in your group happy. It’s on the small side and has a very intimate atmosphere, and due to its popularity we recommend you book a table!

La Table Blanche
Located within the four star Hotel Le Chalet Blanc, the menu at La Table Blanc is a gastronomic delight. The meals are prepared to a high standard from fresh local produce and the chefs are happy to adapt the menu towards a child’s palate! The wine cellar is stocked with a selection of premium French and Italian wines.

Le Jamy and La Cal del Sol
Both Le Jamy and La Cal del Sol don’t exactly jump out to you when standing on the street, but both serve up French cuisine; if its raclette, tartiflette or a hot-stone you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.



Activities

Traditional village on a high pass with a long skiing pedigree. First ski race held here in 1907. Convivial atmosphere.

- bars, karaoke and nightclubs
- cafés
- sauna
- skidoo trip for mountain supper
- bus to Briançon and Claviere
- cinema (sometimes in English)
torchlit descents
ski guiding of the Milky Way
heli skiing
parapente, Serre Chevalier
ice skating
snowmobiling
snow shoeing



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Montgenevre’s reputation as a family-friendly resort has improved in recent years. The lift pass is free for kids under 6 years and there are good reductions for children aged up to 14 years. The choice of non-skiing activities is varied too!

Snow Tubing
Snow tubing is one for all the family. Take a donut-shaped inflatable tube and a ski slope and you have ‘snow tubing’. It’s fast-paced and guaranteed to produce happy faces all round. You can link up and whizz down in long lines, spin backwards or go head first. Parents can join the kids on the slopes or sit back and soak up the sun at the side of the track whilst the kids have some fun!

Bobsleigh Run & Tobogganing
The Monty Express is a 1.4km monorail bobsleigh which is suited to the thrill seekers out there! Take the free travelator from the Tourist Office up to the top of Chalvet area to access the start point. At €26 for a family pass, it is super-fun and suitable for all ages.

If traditional tobogganing is more up your street and you don’t want to get the wallet out again, fear not as Montgenevre has other designated areas for old-fashioned sledging fun.

Tree Top Adventure Trail
The Grimp’in Forest low ropes course is something slightly different. They run 2-3 hour sessions for both adults and children, guiding them along rope trails raised above the snow-carpeted ground. Just make sure you wrap up warm and take a good pair of gloves!

The Yooner
A ‘Yooner’ is a sort of new age, monoski sledge with a seat and a handle and is the newest way to glide down the slopes. It’s pretty easy to get the knack of using the Yooner and it is popular amongst children and teenagers who fancy a change from skis. The Montgenevre Tourist Office entertainment team post times of when they will be heading out to supervise a session so keep an eye out and get involved.


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Montgenevre, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: -1° C
Wind: 9mph
Direction: s
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 150cm
Base: 100cm

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