The choice of runs on either side of the valley will suit all abilities of skier and you can ski right back to the village centre. Excellent itinerary routes are only a couple of lifts away, and you can hire an off-piste guide from the local ski school.
One of the oldest and highest resorts in France
- Part of the vast 'Milky Way' ski area
- 31 lifts
- Close to the heritage town of Briançon
- Perfect for families
- Short transfer time (1.5 hours)
- Ski over into Italy for lunch!
- Luge ride
- Off-piste ski guiding available
- Turin (110km)
- Railway station
- Oulx (20km)
- Minimum altitude
- Maximum altitude
- Total 'Milky Way' ski area
- Monts de la Lune - Green slopes
- Monts de la Lune - Blue slopes
- Monts de la Lune - Red slopes
- Monts de la Lune - Black slopes
In our opinion, the ESF in Montgenèvre is one of the best ski schools anywhere. The local instructors are experts with newbies or advanced skiers - Whether it's your first or your fifteenth time, they will get rid of those bad habits and improve your turns.
Ski over to Italy for lunch! If you organise your lift pass through us it will include a free day in the 'Milky Way' ski area. Enjoy skiing the Olympic resorts of Cesana, Sansicario and Sauze d'Oulx and get a free ride home at the end of the day.
Montgenèvre is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. It was built in 1907, and Ski Miquel had been coming here for many years previously with our guests from Serre Chevalier, but it's only more recently following significant lift upgrades and the addition of new runs that Montgenevre has become truly world-class.
Vast ski area
The skiing opportunities here are immense. Montgenèvre is linked to the huge Italian 'Milky Way' ski area, offering endless open runs for intermediate and advanced skiers, and with no crowds. You also get the chance to take advantage of that special Italian hospitality over lunch, with great food at good-value prices.
Ideal for family groups and beginners
Montgenèvre has a great beginners’ area with a gentle, consistent gradient, so learners can build up their confidence steadily. The resort’s high altitude keeps the snow in good condition for longer, and there are plenty of new snow cannons in position on the lower runs in case they are needed.
The high altitude of the village
This means you're right next to the action for the start of each day.
The enviable snow record
Snow tends to fall in the Montgenèvre ski area whichever way the wind is blowing, and conditions are often better here than in the neighbouring Italian resorts.
Skiing over into Italy for lunch
Take the new run from the top of Eagle’s Rock down into Claviere.
The lack of crowds or lift queues
Especially going up from the village, thanks to recent lift upgrades.
Off-Piste Ski Guiding
Montgenèvre is a paradise for those looking to do some off-piste skiing or snowboarding, and it attracts some of the world's greatest back-country riders, such as Candide Thovex and Arthur Longo.
We recommend booking an afternoon's off-piste guiding with one of the experts from the local ESF school, who will not only teach you the basics, but will also keep you safe and improve your technique.
Joséphine Pavesi Sport is just across the main road from the first ski lift of the day and all customers also benefit from the use of a free ski locker under the shop, meaning there is no need to walk back and forth from the chalet in your ski boots.
Their friendly and helpful staff are ready to offer assistance and advice when it comes to renting or purchasing the best new equipment.
The local ESF (École du Ski Français) ski school in Montgenèvre has first class instructors ready and waiting to teach you.
Whether this is your first or your fifteenth ski trip, the ESF can improve your skills and help to maximise your enjoyment on the mountain.
They offer group and private lessons at reasonable rates, plus a variety of other activities, such as off-piste guiding and snow-shoeing.
Visit their website for further information and current prices:
Looking to try something a bit different? Why not try cross-country skiing on the beautiful tracks between Montgenèvre and Claviere. It is here that local legend Richard Jouve started, who went on to become the 2018 winter Olympic bronze medalist.
The ESF also arrange guided snow-shoe walks, as well as a fantastic teepee evening where you walk up the mountain just after dark and enjoy an unforgettable evening in a wigwam with a tasty fondue and buffet dinner waiting for you.
If you're looking for that bit of extra excitement, the Monty Luge ride is always a crowd-pleaser. Head up the gondola lift on the south-facing side, jump into your toboggan and descend over 300m in altitude on the snowy tree-lined track. It's even lit at night twice a week for those wanting a nocturnal view of the mountain!
Montgenèvre is a scenic village in a wonderful high mountain setting, with a big choice of activities for all ages. Guests can ski tour (using skins fitted to the bottom of the skis) up the mountain at the end of the day, then enjoy the sunset with an aperitif before skiing down by torchlight, which is a magical experience. Or how about ice skating, tobogganing or the thrilling mountain luge run?
The village also has some great spots for après-ski, and you can ski straight to one of the bars at the end of your day on the slopes.
Being this close to the border with Italy allows for the best of both French and Italian cuisine. With great food to be had throughout Montgenèvre, some of our favourites include Le Refuge for its sun terrace and hearty tartiflettes, Le Petit Creux for a great café close to the slopes, and Caesar's pizzeria with its generous portions and welcoming hospitality.
On the mountain you can enjoy the spectacular views from Les Terrasses, overlooking all of Montgenèvre and the spectacular north face of Mont Chenaillet and the Sommet de Château Jouan.
A great variety of bars are on offer in Montgenèvre. Just over the road from the last runs of the day you can soak up the afternoon sun on the terrace of Le Graal, which is a good choice for après-ski, as it often has live music - For a lively atmosphere check out the local legends 'Two Fat Men', who usually perform most weeks during the season.
We also recommend the cellar cocktail bar at La Tourmente, which has a fantastic speakeasy-style ambience.
We have worked our way through the Ski Miquel brochure over the years and have stayed with them twice before at Montgenevre, although this was our first visit to their new chalet, Lucille. The chalet itself has a large lounge with plenty of comfortable seating and a well stocked bar. The dining room is also pretty spacious, and as the chalet was not at full capacity, there was masses of room. Turning to the bedrooms, we were lucky in that we had family room with three beds plus an annex with two further bunk beds. As there were just the two of us there was more than enough space. The rooms are comfortably furnished and warm, with their own en suite with plenty of hot water, critical after a long day on the slopes. One word on the food, brilliant! There a big buffet breakfast (cereals, cheeses, ham, breads, boiled eggs, etc) plus one or two different hot options each day (fried or scrambled eggs, pancakes, porridge, etc). As you come off the slopes there are home made cakes or biscuits waiting, while at 7.30 tasty canapes are served. However it is the evening meals that stand out with three courses plus cheese plus unlimited wine. The food is plentiful, tasty and well presented so hats off to the welsh wizard in the kitchen! A real plus point of the Ski Miquel hols is the guiding which is a great way to discover the resort without getting the map out. Skiers can chose an espresso group which goes faster with less stops, or cappuccinos who take things a bit more leisurely. The two groups always meet up for coffee and lunch, so it's a really sociable way of skiing. Underpinning everything is chalet manager Emma and her wonderful team. As mentioned, we have skied with this company numerous time and they do have a knack of finding the right people to look after their guests. However, this year the hosts were just exceptional and I cannot speak highly enough of them. All in all, a great week of skiing and I have no doubt we will visit this resort again.
This was our first Ski Miquel holiday and we're now converts! We have felt thoroughly spoilt this last week, staying in Chalet-Hotel Lucille. Emma was just brilliant in ensuring that everything ran like clockwork and she and Mike were so good at ski-guiding, catering for both the 'cappuccino' and the 'espresso' skiers. The food was superb and Nigel, the chef, is a real gem. Fabulous cake in the afternoon and then dinner in the evening was always amazing. Thanks also to Vereley, Pippa and Mike who worked so hard in looking after us and always being so helpful and cheerful. We had such a lovely time, we felt like we were staying with friends, not chalet staff! Great snow conditions and excellent weather just made it!
I had travelled with Ski Miquel before so I knew what to expect. A nice cosy week with fantastic food thanks to the ever smiling chef Nigel. Great chalet hosts Emma & bearded Mike. Plus chalet staff Pippa, Vereley & little Mike who were always super friendly and helpful. Our room was a decent size, having 3 beds for the 2 of us, a nice balcony & a very small but functional (slightly dated) bathroom with a shower & heated towel rail. The chalet was only a short walk away from the ski shop where Ski Miquel have a private locker room with heated boot warmers. This was also very conveniently located for the slopes just across the road. But the best thing of all was the atmosphere. It was a super crowd of people staying the week we were there, all quite like minded ski enthusiasts, with a wicked sense of humour! Will definitely be working our way through the various resorts in the Ski Miquel brochure and can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Chalet Lucille proved a relaxing home from home for our party of 22 over Feb half-term. Set a few metres uphill from Montgenevre’s main street and nursery slopes, the chalet was ideally located and fitted the Ski Miquel model well. Although the bedrooms were on the small side, the dining room and (cheap) bar were just right, with enough space to relax in an informal atmosphere. What keeps us coming back to Ski Miquel are their keen prices, good resorts and great staff – this year proved no exception. Montgenevre catered well for our mixed group, especially the beginners who revelled in the good snow and long green runs. Whilst the lift system is slow in places, queues were almost non-existent and the lift pass was relatively cheap. Under the experienced leadership of Emma, the Ski Miquel team were excellent, remaining relaxed, cheerful and efficient during the busiest week of the season. Special mention to Mike S for his bar-tendering skills, Mike B for his ski guiding, Nigel for his outstanding food and Pippa & Vereley for their ever-smiling service. Thanks to you all for making our week so enjoyable. We’ll be back with SM next year and for as long as you’ll have us!