Montgenèvre - Ski Area Guide

Montgenèvre, France

Ski Resort in The Milky Way, French Alps - 100km of Piste (1,850m to 2,700m)

Lively, charming mountain village with lots of sunshine; a mix of traditional architecture and a trend to restore and build luxury and modern accomodation. Doorstep to Italy.

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The next notable snow forecast for Montgenèvre is 6cm, expected on 15 December, with around 11cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Montgenèvre Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Montgenèvre
18Black Pistes
38Red Pistes
25Blue Pistes
 7 Green Pistes
100kmDownhill Pistes
28kmCross Country Pistes
38Ski Lifts

The Milky Way Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for The Milky Way
114Black Pistes
309Red Pistes
142Blue Pistes
33Green Pistes
933kmDownhill Pistes
175Ski Lifts

Montgenèvre Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Montgenèvre
850mMax Vertical
2700mHighest Lift
1850mLowest Piste
1850mResort Altitude (Montgenèvre)


The French Ski Resort of Montgenèvre is part of the Milky Way ski area with access to 933km of downhill skiing, with 598 individual pistes, served by 175 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Montgenèvre itself (100km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Milky Way ski resorts of Clavière, Sansicario, Sauze d'Oulx and Sestrière.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Montgenèvre are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Montgenèvre

Montgenèvre's skiing marks the Western end of the Milky Way circuit; it's the only French resort on it. Skiing takes place on both sides of the main road that runs through the resort and over the pass into Italy. The area is most fun for intermediates who will enjoy the endless variety of trails above the treeline and then plunging down through the forest. Popular routes include the wide runs down from Les Anges at the top of the resort and the long red from Le Chavlet across the Valley.

Beginners have wide sunny slopes by the village and, because of the altitude, backed up with snowmaking, the convenience of village level nursery slopes is ensured throughout the season - unlike at many other famous but lower altitude resorts. The altitude also means that Montgenèvre can genuinely maintain a sunshine record that is the envy of many, but doesn't melt too much of the snow.

The Milky Way is extremely good fun and has an adventurous feel for those who enjoy the sensation of travelling rather than doing the same run or the same mountain face on different runs, over and over. The problem with it is that there are low points, without snowmaking, which mean you end up walking or sometimes it means the link is physically impossible. Normally it's best to aim for mid-January to the first half of March to be reasonably confident that the links will all work properly. The main weak point is Cesana Torinese at 1350m where you have to walk across a road anyway. The snow tends to melt away here the fastest but, on the plus side, there's a series of two chair lifts on either side of the valley so you can ride down over the green grass if the snow level isn't low enough, as well as back up the other side. Once you reach Sansicario you are back in 'snow sure' land and from the top of Fraiteve you can choose to head down towards Sestrière, one of the world's snow making capitals and one of the world's first high altitude purpose built resorts, or to once famously rowdy but now rather peaceful and pleasant Sauze d'Oulx.

Experts may have to travel about to find a huge amount of challenging terrain, or venture off piste with a guide. Nonetheless there are nine marked black pistes at Montgenèvre alone. These are dotted all around the mountain, but the 'off the beaten track' Col de l'Alpet area on the 'back route' to Clavière 2430 metres is a favourite area for bumps. Heliskiing from Montgenèvre: two drop off points on the Italian peaks over 3000 metres.

Snowboarding in Montgenèvre

Montgenèvre is a good choice for 'boarders. There's a dedicated snowboard park above the resort, fenced off from the main terrain and designed for maximum air and to enable the best acrobatics. The terrain offers good and varied free riding - the main downside being that two thirds of the lifts are drags and there are flats in some key areas, particularly if tackling the Milky Way. On the other hand it is possible to travel around the key sectors by chair and Montgenèvre has a high value, high action après scene.

Montgenèvre Aprés Ski

Montgenèvre has a reputation for lively and high value après ski, perhaps the proximity to Italy's relaxed and better value après ski destinations helps to limit the trend towards low value common at many of the top French resorts. The two dozen bars and restaurants include Le Graal and the Pub Chaberton, with Club Bluenight for active nightlife later on. Other evening activities include the floodlit ice rink, cinema and snowmobile excursions including dinner in a mountain restaurant. Montgenèvre also has an active events calendar including snow theatre and a jazz and dance festival in January.

Montgenèvre in brief

Montgenèvre Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.

Montgenèvre Season Dates

 Open (since December 2, 2017).

 Closes : April 28, 2018.

Usual opening - Late Nov.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Montgenèvre.

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Montgenèvre Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Montgenèvre is able to augment natural snow, with 8 Snow Cannons.

Montgenèvre Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 38 Ski Lifts of Montgenèvre are able to uplift 28,760 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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