Montgenèvre (Via Lattea)
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Visitor reviews for Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) Ski Resort
December 22, 2015
Stephen Gibson from United Kingdom
There appears to be a fair amount of error in reviews from day trippers to Montgenevre and Claviere. I have skied in both for the last 20 years and 11 years with my kids.
In the run up to 2006 Olympics new lifts were introduced and then again in 2009 and other fine tuning is done most years. Rarely gets that busy.
To get to Claviere you go up TS Rocher de L'aigle and down the black/red to Gimont. To get back to MTG you go all the way down to Claviere then up Col Boeuf. Best to pick a good day and snow. Every year we see the English school kids walking along the golf course back to Claviere complaining. Guys, its only maintained for Nordic walking, its not actually a ski route.
Best to have lunch in Italy, or you need to go right into MTG.
We like to put our effort into skiing not walking. So parking the boot of the car directly onto the ski slope at the French boarder control for free is ideal.
6 day pass gives you a day in another Via Latte resort and potentially another on the French side; check this as MTG's website is wrong. Only at some times do the Communes agreed to it.
Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 10 votes and 31 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Montgenèvre (Via Lattea).
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Montgenèvre (Via Lattea).
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.9
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.1
(1) Not even a kicker at Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Montgenèvre (Via Lattea), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.2
(1) Overall, Montgenèvre (Via Lattea) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 28, 2015
Chris Gardiner from United Kingdom
We found this to be a nice little resort. It's a bit small as you can do most of it in three days, but to do a run a couple of times was no hardship. The lift system is good but clearly needs a lift at the top of the Claviere Vally to link back into the other valley. Once you drop into the top of the valley you are commited to a fairly long slog along a flat blue, one lift, a flat blue, another lift and a red to get back to Montgenevre. No fun if you're racing the lift closing times! Otherwise, the resort snowboarding is varied and has some good accessible off-piste although it does become tracked quickly. The staff, in our hotel and the resort, were friendly and there was a nice family feel to the apres-ski. Overall, a good week.
January 22, 2014
Andy Parums from Qatar
Very much second division, compared to say the Trois Vallees or La Plagne. Main problem is the piste management; we were there early season and 60% of the pistes were closed and the attitude of the management was "tough luck, we've got your money". Contrast this with the top class resorts where the bashers work night and day to get the pistes open and in shape for the customers. Even 10 days after a major dump of snow some key pistes were still not opened. The pisteing of the low link to Claviere was pathetic.
Signing and lift status is unreliable and on 2 occasions for us downright dangerous (e.g. Chalvet home-run blue signed as open when it was not, forcing inexperienced skiers onto a steep red section). The excellent upper section of the Pharo blue was open, but the long drag lift next to it was closed for a week and a half. Go figure.
Lift planning is also poor: no rope tows on some long flat sections e.g. the low connection to Claviere, no trail across the home run to make it easy to get to the Obelisque and the bottom of Tremplin, no high-level connection back from Claviere, etc.
On the positive side, it was always pleasant to walk down the main street after the lifts closed. The Italian/French mix is a real bonus. If all pistes were open there would be a good variety of skiing. Generally, not big lift queues except Sundays when the day trippers come, but few mountain cafes so they get overcrowded at lunchtime - best to shoot back down to the village.
A note on Claviere: nice short reds but, with the exception of piste 91 which you will need to get home to Monty, avoid everything blue unless you are a fan of long-distance poling. Use La Coche, not Col Boeuf, to get up to the Colle Bercia. Col Boeuf is really just to get back to Montgenevre.
Good value food and drink compared to the top class resorts - maybe 25% cheaper. The lift pass was maybe 15% cheaper, but with all the closed pistes in Christmas week this made even Glenshee and Aviemore look like good value, and there is no higher insult than that.
Probably won't go back, the piste opening is too much of a gamble for keen skiers.
February 23, 2012
Nick from United Kingdom
Visited Montgenevre Febuary half-term 2011, great snow through and friendly staff. Went with a group of about 15 people, all different abilities. The off-pieste is amazing and powder stays around for a long time, in most places! Due to it's altitude snow is well preserved and you also get a lot of sun, however, this did cause some areas of south facing slopes to becomes thin off-pieste although they kept all runs and lift open with minimal queuing and not too busy on the runs. All in all, a beautiful resort, great skiing in amazing scenery with friendly English speaking staff.
February 20, 2012
Paul from United Kingdom
Just got back from a great week in Mongenevre. Had a really great time in large part due to good snow, sun and low temperatures keeping everything nice all day. Good variety of runs which kept everyone happy, including two teenagers who swapped between skis, board & blades through the week. My brother-in-law came with us for his first go at skiing (aged 50) and he too was well catered for. Excellent green from the top that he could ski and the kids could cruise at high speed. No lift queues to speak of despite being half-term and plenty of space on the runs. Snow making seems excellent with very few worn patches even on the busier runs. Village bus service is a bit hit and miss... small bus that gets full very quickly. However, walking is not too bad and there are ski out/ski in options in a fair number of accommodation blocks. Remember that if you've got under 18's that don't like wearing helmets, they will need them if you want to ski in Italy. Note those who drive out... a) it's a long way! 780 miles! b) TomTom will take you through the Frejus tunnel into Italy and then back into France via Claviere. OK, except the Tunnel toll is £35! If you do end up going this way, buy a return ticket and this is much cheaper than two singles. The tunnel does save a lot of queuing down to Grenoble when it's busy ie Half-Term. We came back this way and it took 4 hours to do the first 100km! c) if it's been snowing, you will need to put your snow chains on to get to a lot of the accommodation blocks. All in all, Montgenevre is a good resort that we would definitely go back to.
January 25, 2011
Mark from United Kingdom
I have been skiing for 36 years now & Monty (Montgenevre (Via Lattea)) is my current favourite resort. It has enough challenging difficult stuff & variety for anyone of any level & some good off-piste. Where it really scores is for beginners & mixed groups as there are ways for new skiers to get all the way to the top & back & go on great, long interesting runs. I would advise anyone wanting to explore other resorts on the Via Latea to go by car rather than traverse/walk/spend hours on lifts between the resorts. Skiing into Italy in Claviere is easy though & definitely over the border & Italian kids love standing in France & breaking wind in Italy & vice versa. Eating on the mountain is a bit limited & pricey but skiing in & out of the village is easy & there's loads of good value places along the front. It's really friendly & unpretentious whereelse can you sit up drinking beers 'till very late with a bar owner & staff hearing them defend the behavior of English school kids & then have them refuse to let you pay for any beer! It wouldn't happen in Val D'Isere!
As for Skitopia, I've used them for 5 seasons with no complaints. They are very, very cheap. You probably get what you pay for. If you're not happy, pay more next time.
December 31, 2010
Austin H from United Kingdom
As a snowboarder of 13 years who's ridden in Canada, Spain, Norway and most resorts in Austria and France, I totally disagree with the statement about Montgenevre not being suitable for snowboarding. IT IS FANTASTIC. Yes there are one or two flat spots around the resort, but you'll find them in 3 Valleys & Espace Killy too. OK some of the lifts need updating but looking at the level of investment at the east end of town I don't think upgrades are too far away.
9 GREEN, 42 BLUE, 73 RED & 30 BLACK runs, and some incredibly accessible off piste from open high mountain where you can let the board really go in the powder to tons of tree runs and cliff drops. What more would you want? a board park? yeah you've got me there. Unfortunately the Mayor doesn't want one. However, there are so many natural hips and kickers and places to build one it much more fun anyway. If you really need a park fix you can go to Ses or Ser; Both only 30 mins away. Which is what makes Monty such a good base to stay. In short beginners will find more than enough to keep them occupied, and experts are in the centre of one great big play-ground.
Come out and find out for yourselves. I will most definitely return again and again.
December 09, 2010
jan from United Kingdom
Mongenevre is one of the best ski resorts I have skied in but TJM Skitopia is absolutely disgraceful. The chalet was staffed by inexperienced young people and the food terrible. They were unable to deal with any complaints regarding the state of the hotel that included it being filthy and badly needing improvements.
I would advise anyone considering booking with TJM Skitopia, don't.
December 09, 2010
Paul from France
I totally agree with another review that says the resort of Montgenevre is superb but that TJM Skitopia are shocking. This company were actually responsible for losing our ski boots before the first day - we never found them and had to claim through our insurers and lost out on having to pay an excess. They transferred our luggage from the car-park to the hotel yet didn't think it was their fault. Their hotel was staffed by inexperienced students and the food was awful. They sent us to a local ski shop to hire boots and were told Skitopia owed them so much money they refused to supply us! It was only when I hassled the Skitopia rep (I think his name was Steve) that they agreed. The boots were of the lowest quality and actually caused our feet real problems. As there were other items stuffed into the boots, we had no underwear, shower gel or creams - we had to buy the lot. Skitopia weren't interested and I had to badger them every day just to get them to show interest. Once back in England, despite correspondence from me and 'phone calls, Skitopia displayed arrogance and a 'couldn't care less attitude'. I followed this up with ABTA but they were pathetic and a waste of space. My advice - avoid TJM Skitopia like the plague.
November 22, 2010
John from United Kingdom
Montgenevre is the best resort I've been to so far.
Snow was great, the international ski school (APEAK) was really helpful. They looked after our children in small groups as we were "tracking" the mountain with one of their guides (Mat). Nightlife was pretty poor but wasn't there for that.
Simply a great family resort.