The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Montgenèvre-Monts de la Lune (Claviere)

Key facts

Resort1850 m
Slopes1760-2630 m
Lifts32
Pistes110 km
Price index90

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The upside

  • Varied local slopes, plus access to Italian Milky Way resorts, notably Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere
  • Good local snow record
  • Suits all abilities: excellent nursery slopes, plenty of cruising and good off-piste terrain that is underused
  • A lot of accommodation close to the slopes, some right on them

The downside

  • Sauze and Sestriere take time to reach without road transport
  • Lots of slow lifts, seriously undermining the resort’s appeal for some (including us)
  • Little to challenge experts on-piste
  • Limited range of restaurants and après-ski places
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    News – 2017/18

    The Cime Saurel chair-lift remains closed following the fatal accident in 2016. What’s more, the high-altitude link to Italy from Montgenèvre via the Rocher de l’Aigle chair is closed, as is the Gimont chair-lift in the same valley. For the moment, to ski the Italian slopes you must use the tediously flat village-level path to Claviere, past the golf course and cross-country trails. The closed lifts may reopen next season. There is also a possibility of replacement of the double chair on the upper Chalvet slopes by a fast quad.

    News – 2016/17

    A brand new table-service restaurant opened at mid-mountain in the Chalvet sector, Les Terrasses – and yes, it does have a fine terrace view. The Cime Saurel chair-lift, high on the Italian side of the ski area, was closed early in 2016 following a fatal accident on the piste. Tour operator Inghams featured Montgenèvre for the first time, including two catered chalets, two sets of apartments and the Hotel Village Club du Soleil.

    Summary

    Montgenèvre is right on the Italian border, at one end of the big cross-border Milky Way network, and gets much better snow than its Italian neighbours, Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx – it is set on a minor pass, a position that delivers snow whichever way the wind is blowing, but most importantly when it’s blowing from the west.

    The resort has made big strides in recent years, banishing through-traffic and developing modern upscale lodgings. But it now needs to prioritize investment in fast lifts – unless you plan your day otherwise, you’ll ride more slow lifts than fast ones, and getting around the pistes will be a painfully slow-motion affair. If you’re focused on the under-exploited off-piste, the slow lifts matter less.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 2 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 5 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 2 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 2 out of 5
    • Apres ski 2 out of 5
    • Off-slope 1 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Montgenèvre-Monts de la Lune (Claviere)

    Key facts

    Resort1850 m
    Slopes1760-2630 m
    Lifts32
    Pistes110 km
    Price index90

    Linked resorts