Pros: small village, big ski area, easily accessible, good value, sunny, snow sure, no queues, cross-border skiing, family friendly
Cons: can be busy at weekends, choose accommodation with care, no nightclub
A small, unassuming traditional alpine village with a wonderful ski area. The slopes come right into the village. There is a good choice of restaurants and snack bars. In the evening, there are several decent bars: the village cafe, the mountain bars.
This is more of a family resort, not a party town full of braying hoorays or 'street' boarders. As a result it feels more like 'slow' skiing.
Montgenèvre has an unassuming charm, a southern friendliness and small village atmosphere that make you feel welcome. Most of the French skiers and workers are from the south of France. It's not as picturesque as some of the Austrian or Swiss villages, but beats the 'ski factories' hands down. In addition it is a 1/3 cheaper than the 3 valleys or Espace Killy. You can walk everywhere, there's no bussing up and down the valley.
Although the village is small, the combined ski area is vast, and thus provides a unique combination.
Beginners get to move up the mountain early and get to ski great long runs from the top of the mountain.
The on-slope skiing is mainly wide cruising runs, without bumps. Ideal for building confidence in the intermediate skier. Ski into Italy, enjoy the tree-lined slopes and the great mountain restaurants. The lifts are queue free and slopes un-crowded. There are 5 runs back into the village so you don't get the same bottleneck effect as you do with some other resorts.
For the more advanced, there are some good blacks and some lovely off-piste. The main attraction though is the travelling and proximity to other resorts, free on the week ski pass (Claviere, SanSicario, Sauze D'oux, Sestriere, Bardonnecchia, Serre Chevalier, Puy Saint Vincent, Les Deux Alpes, l'Alpe D'Huez).