Montgenèvre

Montgenèvre offers excellent holidays both summer and winter. Right on the Italian border, Montgenèvre dates back to pre-Roman times, being on an ancient pass between Italy and France. The charm of the village is complimented by its position in an area that boasts 300 days sunshine a year. Its height means the snow comes earlier and stays later.

Montgenèvre has all the facilities of a modern resort whilst retaining its traditional charm. The restaurants and bars in the village offer a range of both traditional mountain fare and popular dishes. These are complimented by the local shopping and weekly market. 

The ski slopes at Montgenèvre are particularly well-suited to beginners and intermediates. A cheap day extension gives you access to 400km of slopes in the Milky Way.

Montgenèvre has a total of 59 slopes, covering 100km of pistes and served by 38 lifts. Of the pistes, 25 are beginner runs, 23 are intermediate runs and 11 are advanced runs. The ski resort has several runs of decent length, the longest being 7km.

The winter season this year at Montgenèvre runs from 13 December 2014 to 18 April 2015. The ski resort has an excellent snow sure record. Last year, despite poor snowfalls around the Alps, Montgenevre kept its piste in excellent condition up until mid April - outlasting nearly all other resorts in Europe.


Some of the recent Montgenevre statistics:

  • Consistently in the top 6 resorts in France for snow depth and quality.
  • First to open last to close.
  • Achieved the international conservation mark for resorts.
  • Over 50000m² given over to nursery area.
  • Rated one of the best mixed ability resorts in Europe.

France: The village is only a 15 minute drive from the historic town of Briançon, Europe’s highest at 12500m. Briançon a charming old walled area full of history and art -now a Unesco World Heritage site - along with all the essentials you need from the supermarkets.

The UNESCO protected Vallée de la Clarée with its stunning views and the largest cross country ski area in France starts 10 minutes from your door. Two of our apartments are at the entrance to the valley itself. (Look at Les Alberts in the apartment section).

Italy: 15 minutes away is the small Italian town of Cesana Torinese with a stunning high street and a collection of well priced restaurants. Beyond are the historic towns of Oulx, Exilles and Susa. Why not ski in Italy? –your Monte Del la Lune lift pass which gives you full time access to the resort of Claviere adjoining Montgenevre also gives one free day into the resorts of Sestrieres, San Sicario (with its Olympic Bobsleigh) and Sauze D’oulx.

 

Travel:

We do not provide travel but will do transfers from airports and stations. We can also send directions for car travellers.

Car: Around a 10 hour drive from Calais or Le Havre.

Train: TGV from Paris (connections available from Waterloo International Station) to OULX. Briançon Station (French sides). 20min from resort. 

Air:Turin Airport. Flights by British Airways and Ryanair –all year -every day. 1hr 25min transfer time to resort.

Grenoble Airport. Flights by British airways, Ryanair and Easyjet (winter only). 2 hrs 55 min transfer time to resort.

Chambery Airport. Flights from British Airways, Flybe, Jet2. 2 hours transfer time to resort.

Milan Malpensa. Flights from British Airways and Easyjet. 2 hours transfer time to resort.

Geneva Airport. Flights from British Airways, Jet2 and Easyjet. 3 hours transfer time to resort.

 

VILLAGE & HISTORY

Montgenèvre is a small village and resort situated at 1,850m on the French side of the expansive Milky Way ski area. In comparison to many other areas it has a great snow record, remains very reasonably priced, and has convenient ski to your door slope accessibility. 

Montgenèvre remains less known than other ski areas and therefore often quieter during the peak periods. The best time to visit Montgenèvre is during the week, when queues are non-existent.

The Ski resort of Montgenèvre dates from 1907. In February 2007 the birth of France’s eldest winter sport resort was marked by the village's organisation of the first International ski competition, celebrating 100 years of high society sports events and an evolution which have been celebrated with pride all throughout last winter season.

The ski resort has an attractive village lined on either side by Alpine forests and compactly organised. Its stone buildings are clustered around a small church, and the atmosphere is both traditional and cheerful. Montgenèvre is more than just winter and summer sports and boasts many historical landmarks.

Destroyed during the fire started by the Duke of Savoie’s troups, then rebuilt during the 18th century, its architecture is of typical Italian inspiration. The characteristic church tower with its “fanal” is the exact copy of the oil lamp hung up to the original bracket which guided the lost travellers in the fog or in snow storms.

The restoration of its 19th century frescos was achieved in December 2005.The church has also been restored in 2006.

The “Obélisque Napoléon”

Built at the limit between Italy and France to celebrate the end of the work done on the Montgenèvre road, and raised in honour of Napoleon, it was inaugurated in 1804.

NOTRE DAME DES 7 DOULEURS CHAPEL

“Notre dame des Sept douleurs” chapel

In this restored chapel (in 1996), an engraved stone (from 1780) can be seen on the wall. The Santiago shell painted above the entrance door honours Santiago for his travel to Compostella. (Montgenèvre being on the route of his pilgrimage).

 Montgenevre's 18 century church building against the backdrop of Mount Chaberton 3126m

SAINTE ANNE CHAPEL

Another chapel recently restored is the St Anne chapel to the entrance of the village, on the Italian side and St Roch chapel, along the ancient Roman way.

 

Historical Forts:

LE FORT DU CHABERTON

Montgenèvre due to its history and location is surrounded by numerous forts.

Located on the border between France and Italy, Montgenèvre has witnessed many conflicts. To defend itself and watch over the boarders, different forts have been built around Montgenèvre.

The most noticeable of all is without any doubt the FORT DU CHABERTON, also named the “fort des Nuages” (the forts of the clouds).


Culminating at 3135 meters, with both a French and an Italian aspect, it’s one of the highest forts in Europe.

Built between 1900 and 1914, the summit had to be mined to make it 6 meters smaller. Over 300 workers were needed to build this technical and complex fort.

There are 8 turrets making up the visible part of the building, however the majority of the fort remains subterranean.


On 10 June 1940, Mussolini declared war on France and on 21 June the French troops posted in the surrounding forts bombed Chaberton and its resident 320 men.

In 1957, the fort was emptied of all its weapons and now remains the highlight climb for many hikers.

THE GONDRANS FORT

The FORT DES GONDRANS, built from the 19th century onwards, is a group of batteries and blockhouses meant to defend the heights of Briançon from the Anges pass.

THE JANUS FORT

The FORT DU JANUS was built between 1886 and 1903 on the Janus mountain.

A subterranean building more than 900 meters long which extends the Ligne Maginot, was added between 1931 and 1937.

During summer a visit to the fort is organized once every 2 weeks.

First International ski competition held in Montgenevre in 1907.

Montgenevre in the early 20th century -still predominantly an agricultural community.