The 30th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Wednesday 11 January 2017 06:44 GMT
Southeast of Grenoble and northeast of Briancon, the Montgenevre ski domaine has 110km of pistes served by 32 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 880m (2,900 feet). It is known for its intermediate cruisers, reliable snow, and for the rustic village charm right along the Italian border.
The Montgenevre ski domaine has few challenging pistes. But luckily, the Montgenevre village ski lifts provides access to the Vialattea ski arena linking Italian ski areas of Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx via the Milky Way Circuit (lifts accessible via a multi-day ski pass). For a long day on the board, it is possible to ride a 70km route from Montgenevre to Pragelato via Claviere, Cesana and Sestriere. There's a great on-mountain hut along the route for lunch -- Mavie restaurant near Sansicario.
For some challenge, try the Free Ride Zone in Les Gondrans sector, which is ungroomed but avalanche-controlled. Also, there is a good off-piste free ride route from the top of the Rocher de l'Aigle lift following the bowl to the Brousset Lift.
While Montgenevre is not known for its nightlife, you can try Le Graal and then Blue Night.
To reach the snowboarding at Montgenevre by air, fly into Turin, Italy. Then grab the train northwest to Briancon. In Briancon, there is a regular bus to Montgenevre (12km).
Overall, Montgenevre is the 30th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France.