Situated at an altitude of 1,860 metres, a stone’s throw from the Italian border, Montgenèvre (Montgenèvre in French) is a truly remarkable tourist resort. Connected to the gigantic Milky Way ski area, with more than 400 kilometres of slopes, it enjoys generous sunshine all year round.
In winter, snow sports are practised by lovers of the outdoors, while in summer, trekking, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding are all the rage.
Montgenevre’s history dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. France’s oldest ski resort, founded in 1907, quickly became the holiday resort of the Parisian jetset. Today, it attracts visitors with its ideal location, close to the Italian border, allowing easy access to Turin and enchants them with its atmosphere of a traditional mountain village that combines well with its state-of-the-art infrastructure.
For the Turin 2006 Olympic Games, the resort has revised and improved its facilities to provide the best experience for winter sports enthusiasts. Popular for a weekend or longer holidays, Montgenèvre was voted best European ski resort in 2017.
A stone’s throw from the Italian border, the ski resort of Montgenèvre combines the charm of a traditional mountain village with the largest international ski area, the Via Lattea, with over 400 km of slopes.
From the village at 1860 metres above sea level to the top of the slopes at 2700 metres, you will be seduced by the quality of its snow cover, its exceptional views and its sunshine. Its vast snowy front and its numerous activities and entertainment will delight young and old alike.
With a fleet of lifts that includes 2 telemix (a new-generation system that combines seats and cabins) and conveyor belts, Montgenèvre supports an hourly flow of 35,000 skiers and caters for everyone: from beginners, with a new 50,000 m2 dedicated area, to the more experienced with a fun course on the Gondrans to try their hand at boardercross.
The Montgenèvre International Resort offers several distinct, interconnected areas: the Grand Montgenèvre and the Monts de la Lune. The latter is the link to the Milky Way, which, with 70 lifts and 400 kilometres of slopes in total, is the 5th largest ski area in the world.
Domaine Grand Monginevro boasts 95 km with 80 slopes (10 green, 19 blue, 38 red and 13 black), 24 lifts (1 cable car, 2 telemix, 12 chairlifts, 8 ski lifts and 1 carpet lift). The Monts de la Lune Domain has 110 km with 91 slopes (10 green, 22 blue, 44 red and 15 black) and 31 ski lifts (1 cable car, 2 telemix, 18 chairlifts, 8 ski lifts and 2 carpets).
Some play areas are also accessible: 1 Snow Park (Gondrans Sector), 1 Fun Zone (Gondrans Sector), 1 Boarder Cross (Chalvet Sector), 1 Multi-Activity Area (Snow Front Sector).
The ski slopes of Montgenevre run between 1,800 m and 2,590 m above sea level on mainly wooded and hilly terrain. They offer a great variety of landscapes and difficulties, which will satisfy the expectations of skiers of all levels.
In fact, Montgenèvre’s slopes are varied and wind through larch and pine trees in some sections: they have been designed to respect the natural morphology of the site, making skiing smooth and pleasant, with slopes for all levels, including very adrenalin-pumping black runs.
There are not only ski slopes in Montgenèvre: the idyllic mountain landscape offers plenty of opportunities for fun for the whole family, with the possibility of experiencing the mountain from different points of view.
This is the main attraction of Montgenèvre: a toboggan fixed on a monorail that descends 1400 metres over 300 metres of altitude at full speed.
Open all year round, it is the longest track in France. It can reach a maximum speed of 45 km/h, but the average speed is around 30-40 km/h with a downhill time of about 3 minutes.
The track winds through the forest, linking slow bends to faster parts, before passing through two tunnels to reach the finish area. The track is illuminated for night runs in winter.
Everyone can drive their own sled, manage their own braking and thus control their own speed, safely with the obligatory seatbelt. The attraction is independently accessible for children from a height of 1.25 metres. For the little ones, there is the possibility of hurtling down the slope between the legs of an adult.
Located at an altitude of 1860 m, Montgenèvre is an oasis of peace where everyone can enjoy the unspoilt wealth of the mountains. It is in this exceptional setting that DURANCIA, the new balneotherapy area in the Alps, was born : comfort, vitality and serenity await you through a series of spaces designed for relaxation.
Espace BALNEO, open to all, will let you experience the benefits of water at 34°C: you will find hydromassage beds, whirlpools, counter-current river, sauna and hammam. The little ones will particularly appreciate the heated outdoor pool, surrounded by snow, and the lagoon for the little ones.
The WELLNESS area, reserved for the over-18s, will delight you with its enveloping atmosphere where you can try the Kneipp path, the salt spray cabin, saunas at 80°C and 90°C, the outdoor Onsen pool heated to 36°C and a relaxation area with tea and herbal teas.
Finally, your journey ends with the NUXE SPA area, reserved for the over-18s, to enjoy a gentle break in the expert hands of the masseurs.
During your stay in Montgenevre, you can have your paragliding baptism and fly over the village accompanied by your instructor. You will take off on skis and discover the resort in flight, eventually landing in the snow.
There are various solutions, from the one for beginners aged 6 to 13 to the one for experts, who will face a 1,200-metre drop for an unforgettable flight.
Lovers of off-piste skiing will be enchanted by the larch forests and wide open spaces that this area holds: there are various itineraries, of different levels, that you can discover independently or accompanied if you are a beginner.
The Eagle Trail starts in the heart of the larch forest: you then follow the Petite Doire valley to reach the Eagle Rock hut and continue on the traces of the ancient lakes. From there, you reach the Lac de Chausses to admire the panorama of the Ecrins and then return to the descent towards the summit of the Rocher de l’Aigle.
The Durance source trail starts from Espace Prarial, follows the TK du CLOT to reach the bed of the Durance. Follow the stream to the green lake path, to reach the path in the larch forest below the chalmettes and arrive on the Gondrans plateau. Continue to the left of the high-altitude restaurant, then cross the Lac des Anges. Continue on the ridge, from where you can admire the panorama of the valley. After the Izoard pass, you will reach the old fort from where you will embrace an exceptional view of the Ecrins.
The Aries trail starts from the Chalvet cable car and enters the pine forest. Follow the signs for the high-altitude restaurant. Go around it to the left, still in the forest, near the old Bélier ski lift. At the top of the hill at 2368 m, a breathtaking view of Briançon and the Durance valley.
The 3 little brothers’ pass trail starts from the Village Club du Soleil car park and the Montquitaine chairlift, to reach the other side of the slope between the larches and climb into the forest to access the GR5. The goal is to arrive at the Col des 3 frères minors with a remarkable view of the wild Opon valley, also known as the Vallon des Acles and the Thabor massif, to the left the peaks of the Meije culminating at almost 4000 metres.
Route No. 1 Le Balcon de Montgenèvre with the Chalvet cable car, is a beautiful loop walk lasting about 45 for 2 km and reaching 2059 metres. Facing the Domaine des Anges and at the foot of the Chalvet, this is one of the sunniest areas of Montgenèvre. At the arrival of the cable car, not only can you enjoy the breathtaking panorama, but you can also take a break at the Les Terrasses altitude restaurant.
Sentier n°2 La Transfrontalière descends towards Italy to the first village of Claviere. You will find the start of this well-maintained and sunny trail, which is very well signposted. The 4 km loop trail, which takes 1 hour, reaches 1860 metres and is also accessible to off-road buggies.
Route No. 3, the Vallon de l’Alpet via the Télémix Serre Thibaud, starts from one of the most beautiful vantage points of Montgenevre and descends along the slopes, allowing you to appreciate the grandeur of the surrounding mountains, such as Mont Chaberton, which culminates at 3131 metres. It is a loop trail of 4 km for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Path No. 4, Lac des Anges of the Télémix des Chalmettes takes the La Crête green trail. It is a short 3 km loop walk, accessible to all, during which you will gain altitude without fatigue thanks to the ski lifts. You will easily reach Lac des Anges.
Route No. 5 The Bois de Sestrières is a pleasant walk through a magnificent larch forest, which will take you down a gentle slope on a wide, well-maintained path to the belvedere where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the Briançonnais valley. This snowshoe trail is also open to fat bikes and trail runners, as it is located in a multi-activity zone: it is 5 km long round trip.
The Montgenèvre area also welcomes summer tourism, thanks to spectacular nature just a stone’s throw from the Italian border.
The Espace Trail 3000, located in the heart of the Montgenèvre ski area, is a network of trails consisting of 12 paths suitable and designed for all levels, from beginners to experts, with over 200 km of trails available to explore the area’s rich natural environments.
Departures and arrivals are at Espace Prarial, in the centre of Montgenèvre. These 12 permanent trails, graded from 1 to 12 according to different levels of difficulty (green, blue, red and black), traverse an invaluable natural, mineral or forest heritage, lead to admiring geological remains and various historical and military testimonies.
Through this mapping, the natural spaces are usable for families as well as for sportsmen and women, beginners or experts. They are also used by cyclists, hikers and runners who experience nature in a different way.
The Espace Trail 3000 in Montgenèvre was created in collaboration with Italian colleagues. In fact, it joins the Col des Acles, creating a large Franco-Italian space for nature lovers, runners and walkers.
Game’s In Forest is the 1st eco-responsible forest amusement park with access to unlimited activities throughout the day: it is divided into different themes and each participant can experience the various ‘universes’ on offer:
This is the highest golf course in the Hautes-Alpes, located 1860 metres above sea level. It is an 18-hole cross-border course that will take you over steep and very technical fairways.
The golf area includes a large course, 9 compact holes and a driving range. In partnership with the adjacent Italian golf course in Clavière, you will have the unique opportunity to experience an international 18-hole course by crossing the border (hole No. 7 on the way out and No. 16 on the way back) throughout the season from the end of May to the end of September.
The resort’s location a stone’s throw from the French-Italian border immerses visitors in an idyllic Alpine atmosphere.
This ski resort is very active in terms of accommodation and offers different types of accommodation: there are high-end tourist residences alongside modest, simple but comfortable guesthouses. Montgenevre is full of excellent places to stay during your holiday.
You can opt for cosy chalets just a few dozen metres from a ski slope, but also exceptional residences located in the centre of the village and close to the shops.
There are also many hotels with in-house spas and wellness centres. We advise you to book well in advance for the high season and to access very competitive prices.
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Montgenevre is a small municipality practically located on the Italian border, named after the Montgenevre Pass, one of the main passes between Italy and France.