A small resort in the Hautes-Alpes department located at 1,860m of altitude, Montgenèvre is a great place for families who wish to enjoy a friendly-sized resort and for hard-core skiers who can hurtle down the 250 miles of slopes of 'La Voie Lactée' (milky way), to which the resort is linked. Moreover, this is the only French resort with access to the area used during the 2006 Turin Olympics. It isn't old-fashioned charm that characterises Montgenèvre but its conviviality, which is certainly linked to its location in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
As for skiing, the slopes stretch out over two mountainsides that are completely different from one another. On the one side there are small trails in amongst larch trees, and on the other are very pleasant wide slopes free of any vegetation. The breathtaking panoramas add to the beauty of this area.
The superb panoramas from the top of the slopes.
At the far end of the village, the Napoleon Obelisk, inaugurated in 1804.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, restored and repainted in 1996, which reveals an inscribed stone dating back to 1780
Going down the trail called Monty Express on a toboggan. Mounted on rails and departing from where the Chalvet cable cars arrive, this 1,400m descent is suitable for the whole family. Tunnels, wooden bridges, trails through the forest: you are guaranteed thrills and giggles. (£7 for adults, £5 for children).
Skiing in the largest ski area in the world, the Via Lattea, in Italy.
Go to Italy, just a few slopes away, to purchase groceries, cigarettes and alcohol, which are less expensive than in France.While there, take advantage of the trip to enjoy a good bowl of pasta, a pizza or some antipasti.
Don't head out for the day without sunscreen! Remember that you are in the Southern Alps, where the sun can be very damaging.
Montgenèvre doesn't have any particular culinary specialities but like all mountain villages, the restaurants offer regional dishes that everyone can enjoy after a long day of skiing, such as the French dishes of raclette, tartiflette and fondue.
To bring back
Like many ski resorts, Montgenèvre is not the ideal place to find souvenirs or gifts. It will be difficult to find something other than cuddly toys or plates with Montgenèvre written on them but with a label stating 'made in China'.
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