Montgenevre is located right on the France-Italy border, on the western side of the Milkway, or Vialattea, if you’re a native. This puts it almost equidistant from both Turin and Grenoble airports, though it’s an hour and a half from the former, and two and three quarters from the latter to get here via transfer. Though that’s still not deal-breaker — or at least shouldn’t be — because Montgenevre offers a lot of great skiing, as well as plenty of great apres and dining options, and access to the wonderful Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx.
Heralded as one of the original high-altitude resorts, Montgenevre enjoys a great snow-record and with lifts up to 2,700m, snow is assured throughout the season, with plenty of runs to bring you back to the resort at the end of the day.
The history of this town stretches back millenia, with stories of Julius Caesar, Hannibal (and his elephants), and Napoleon passing through it to get from France to Italy and vice-versa. It’s a beautiful mountain town surrounded by epic, sharp peaks, but has access to snowy bowls, and possesses enough south-facing slopes to be one of the sunniest in the Alps.
Beginners and experts alike will love Montgenevre, which has renowned skiing in its own right as well as being part of the colossal Milky Way (over 1,000km of pistes!). Those looking for more than just slopes will find beautiful architecture, a modern lift system, great ski schools, as well as lots of dining options which bring both French and Italian influences to their menus, and of course a lively apres scene that no (borderline) Italian ski resort would be complete without.
Montgenevre highlights: A pretty, high altitude town with 100km of groomed pistes, plenty of off-piste, and an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. Put that together with great dining and apres options, and Montgenevre should be on everyone’s list of to-visit resorts.
Montgenevre is best for: Those looking to sample the epic Milky Way, but like the French way of doing things. Good lift infrastructure, plenty of French charm, and a welcoming atmosphere that will suit families and adult groups alike.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Montgenevre:
Because Montgenevre sits in a valley, you’ll have the choice of heading in one of two directions to get your powder fix. The dedicated beginner area is on the Mount Gimont side, and is easily spottable from town. There are plenty of buttons and pomas to help you get your snow-legs, and then, when you’re ready to venture up, you can take the Chalmettes gondola and access some long and cruisey blues and greens that will bring you back down.
For those who want to push higher, you’ll have a choice of peaks to try out, each providing a mixture of runs, from blues to blacks, which will take you through bowls and valleys, and give you the opportunity to sample some of the off-piste on offer. On this side of the valley you’ll also find the two snowparks that Montgenevre has to offer, one just above the beginner area, and the other accessible from the top of the Les Gondrans lift.
If you head left off the top of the Chalmettes gondola down the Traversee, you can jump on the Rocher de l’Aigle chair and get up to around 2,500m, just below the Grand Charvia peak. From here you can take one of two reds and either head back towards Montgenevre on the Soureou, or down the 100 and cross the border, linking up to the Claviere area. Though make sure you have the lifts here included in your pass, otherwise you’ll be catching a bus back up the valley!
If you went for the Vialattea pass, however, you’ll have full reign of this and will be able to check out some great meandering blues, as well as the mighty Croce black that twists down towards Cesana Torinese and connects you to Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx.
Back in Montgenevre, you’ll have the option of heading up to the other side of the valley too, towards the La Chalvet peak at 2,630m. From here, you can ski down through snowy, sundrenched bowls, and head behind Serre Thibaud. Those looking for some fun will want to take the 3 Foureous black, which is fairly manageable, and jump onto the boardercross course complete with berms, bumps, and other fun things. Alternatively, you can take the Pharo blue, connect up through Alpet, down Chemin du Rocher Rouge, and then onto Baisses (all blues), which will sweep you down towards Claviere and drop you at the bottom of a lift that will provide you a route back up to either Serre Thibaud or directly back to town.
Whatever way you go, though, you’ll be treated to some amazing terrain and views. There’s plenty to keep skiers and boarders occupied without venturing into the Milky Way, though having that on your doorstep is a big added bonus. Emphasis on big. 1000km of pistes big.
Montgenevre has a total of 88 runs serviced by 38 lifts, few of which are drags, and is perfect for mixed ability groups, as often, from the tops of lifts, blues, reds, and blacks are stacked next to each other, and end up in the same places, meaning taking lifts together is very doable, even if you’re skiing different runs or of different ability levels.
First-time and beginner skiers: Getting acquainted with the sport on the large beginner area right next to the town is the perfect way to ready yourself for your first lift-rides. Taking the Chalvet telecabin up to the mid-station will give you access to some of the best greens and blues for beginners, including the wonderful Suffin, which you can take all the way down to the Serre Thibaud telecabin. Blues will guide you back to the town no matter where you go, so be bold, explore, fall in love with the mountains.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediate skiers and boarders will have lots of fun discovering everything that these mountains have to offer. Popping off the sides of blues and reds into the powder fields and cutting a fresh line back towards the valley floor is a perfect introduction to off-piste riding, and the wide, open bowls will provide a variety of terrain to conquer.
Expert skiers: Expert skiers will have five separate peaks to ascend to and then defeat in Montgenevre alone. Many of the highest lifts offer up blacks and reds that would turn the stomachs of progressing skiers, but not you! Be sure to take the Chamoix and Soureou reds off the Reserve and Rocher de l’Aigle chairs respectively, as well as Tetras, Chaberton, Myrtilles, and Trois Scies, all accessed from the Serre Thibaud peak. These blacks are great fun, and a brilliant way get the heart pumping before jumping onto the long and fast descent around the mountain provided the wide-open blues that circle down towards Claviere.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Montgenevre
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Montgenevre:
Enjoy peace of mind by booking your ski and snowboard lessons through SkiBro with our best-price guarantee; free and easy cancellation; a huge choice of fully-certified ski schools and instructors; online booking system and fantastic customer support team.
Whether you're after children's group ski lessons, teen group ski lessons, adult group ski lessons, beginner ski lessons, off-piste clinics, group snowboard lessons, private ski lessons or anything in between - SkiBro has the perfect ski instructor or group ski lesson for you in Montgenevre!
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Montgenevre
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Montgenevre (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Montgenevre
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Montgenevre
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Montgenevre can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Montgenevre
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Montgenevre. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Montgenevre
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Montgenevre designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!