Montgenevre was popular in the 1930s with the Parisian jet-set together with Cocteau, Gabin and Colette. Nowadays, it may have lost the glamour of its earlier years, but it remains to be a pleasant little resort having a wonderful snow record.
The first draglift in France was opened here in 1936 and they certainly chose the correct spot; with high, north-facing inclines and westerly storms pouring huge amounts of snow as they churn across the valley, Montgenevre gets some of the ideal snow in the southern Alps.
The cluttered up main street along the busy road might not make it the mostcharming of resorts, but the old town behind the main road contains some appeal. Accommodation is cheap and cheerful, and generally no more than five minutes walk from the slopes.
When you get up there, an immense area of great skiing in two countries lies waiting, and if your wish to explore the far end of the Milky Way circuit - Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere- it's quicker to go by car; unless you prefer to spend all day going up and down lifts.
Going up the mountain from the village is easy; nine lifts await you leaving from the area just off the main road. Two of these are gondolas - one, right near the tourist office gets you up into the Chalvet area north of the village; the other, Les Chalmettes, is the quickest way to take you to the mid-mountain station in the main area, above the nursery slopes.