Resort Profile: Montgenèvre

By adamrowden, 30 Nov '12 at 10:18

Located twenty minutes up the hill from Serre Chevalier on the Route Nationale to Italy Montgenèvre is a very small resort, blink and you'll miss it. However, in this instance the best things definitely do come in smaller packages.

300 days of sun appearing every year. Beautiful views, lots of trees, and small lift queues during the week (Italians tend to come across for the weekends so it gets busier then…but hey, that's the UK transfer days).

The location is fantastic, a well kept secret for boarders with good off piste and fantastic for skiers being so close to Sestriere and the Milky way. You can ski into Italy or go for lunch as it is only two kilometres down the road. For après ski there is a choice of bars from smaller local hospitality to the larger, British run Le Graal bar with live music.

On the Slopes

Located on the western side of the Milky Way circuit, Montgenèvre is the only French resort to be situated in this area. Intermediates will most probably gain the most from this resort as there is a huge variety of trails and runs above the treeline that then continue down through the forest. There are a number of very popular routes including the run down from Les Anges at the top of Montgenèvre and also the huge red run from Le Chavlet across the Valley.

There are also some good runs for beginners to learn their skills on. There are wide and sunny slopes near the village which are well covered using snowmaking equipment to ensure that they are available all season.

The huge Milky Way has plenty of runs and offers you plenty of variety. This means that you don’t feel you are repeating the same runs over and over again. However, as there are some very low points, and some parts that are not covered by artificial snow, you can end up getting stuck and having to walk, which means that the link is not completely passable.

Expert riders will have to be willing to travel to find some real challenging terrain, or at least be willing to venture off-piste. There are some decent black runs in the resort though that are spread out around the mountain and well worth checking out.

Living in Resort

Sunny Montgenèvre offers you plenty of activities and great après-ski fun. There are some cool bars to check out and some nice restaurants where you can treat yourself to some nice grub.

Bars and Clubs
Le Graal Bar is the largest Bar in town directly opposite the bottom of the hill. It is an English pub style bar that has plenty of live music and big après ski events. Chaberton is the second largest bar in town and is typically French. It hosts occasional live music and also has some quality karaoke nights. If you fancy something a bit smaller then you could head to Roimanges, which is an Equity run smaller English bar. Though it is smaller, it is often packed so has a cracking atmosphere most of the time.

The only nightclub in town is Blue Night. This is a typically French club that plays mostly R&B music. It is a pretty small venue that is pretty much the only place in town to head for an after hours drink.

Away Days
2km in one direction to Claviare in Italy and fifteen minutes in the other direction to Briancon or serre chevalier. There are organised away days to Ser Che, Deux Alpes and Sestriere. Briancon being so local makes it easy to get out of resort with regular buses to prevent cabin fever and also retain some hard earned cash
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Transfer Day
Most transfers on Sunday through Turin about an hour and a half, very few delays. Some transfers through France on a Saturday. The only thing that would hold you down would be bad weather in Italy as they don't keep on top of the roads as well as they do in France
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Many thanks to Nici Jones - Bar Le Graal Manager - for this guide

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