Ski jump rebuilt for Montgenevre centenary

23rd January 2007, by Chris Gill

Conditions permitting, the French resort of Montgenèvre will mark its centenary celebrations by reconstructing the jump which brought skiing to the resort.

Although interest in winter sports began in Montgenèvre around 1895, it was the staging of the first International ski jump competition there in 1907 which prompted its resort development.

Leading next month’s festivities is the planned reconstruction of the original ski jump and facilities at Prarial. The inauguration is expected on 11 February; its 100th birthday. This is followed by a ski-through-the-decades fashion show (14 & 21 Feb) and a military fair (17/18 Feb). 

Montgenèvre is considered to be one of the oldest French ski resorts; first establishing itself as a regular winter destination for wealthy Parisians. Today the ski area is thriving as part of the Milky Way region, which it shares with Italy. Last year’s Winter Olympics brought new investment for the resort. A tunnel now diverts the majority of traffic away from the centre, which is itself receiving a revamp.

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