Montgenevre is right on the Italian border, at one end of the big cross-border Milky Way network, offering a great mix of French and Italian skiing and culture.

The resort has made big strides in recent years, banishing through-traffic and developing modern upscale lodgings. Montgenevre is a small village sitting on a high east-west pass only 2km from the Italian border. The village is set on the sunny slope above the main street (the through-road is now buried in a tunnel) looking over the nursery slopes at the foot of the north-facing slopes of Les Gondrans. Behind the village are the south-facing slopes of Le Chalvet.

However it now needs to prioritize investment in fast lifts - getting around the pistes can be a painfully slow-motion affair. If you're focused on the under-exploited off-piste, the slow lifts matter less. It gets much better snow than its Italian neighbours - it is set on a minor pass, a position that delivers snow whichever way the wind is blowing, but most importantly when it's blowing from the west. Both sectors have piste links with Claviere, just over the Italian border and gateway to the other Italian resorts of the Milky Way - Sansicario, Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx.

There are lift pass sharing arrangements with Serre Chevalier and Puy St Vincent, easily reached by car, and with rather less easily reached Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d'Huez, which involve going over the Col du Lautaret - high, but not usually a problem.

Pros

Varied local slopes, plus access to Italian Milky Way resorts, notably Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere

Good local snow record

Suits all abilities: excellent nursery slopes, plenty of cruising and good off-piste terrain that is underused

A lot of accommodation close to the slopes, some right on them

Cons

Sauze and Sestriere take time to reach without road transport

Lots of slow lifts, seriously undermining the resort's appeal for some (including us)

Little to challenge experts on-piste

Limited range of restaurants and après-ski places

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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