Montgenèvre

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Coordinates: 44°55′54″N6°43′19″E / 44.9316°N 6.7219°E / 44.9316; 6.7219 Coordinates: 44°55′54″N6°43′19″E / 44.9316°N 6.7219°E / 44.9316; 6.7219
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Hautes-Alpes
Arrondissement Briançon
Canton Briançon-2
Intercommunality Briançonnais
Government
  Mayor (20082014) Guy Hermitte
Area
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40.07 km2 (15.47 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01) [1]
456
  Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
05085 /05100
Elevation1,360–3,124 m (4,462–10,249 ft)
(avg. 1,860 m or 6,100 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Montgenèvre (Italian: Monginevro) is a commune of the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.

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Geography

Montgenèvre is located in the French Cottian Alps. It is on the Franco-Italian border at the top of the Col de Montgenèvre.

The source of the River Durance is in Les Gondrans ski area of Mongenèvre, this river is a tributary of the Rhône River.

Ski area

Montgenèvre is a ski resort. It is linked to the Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area, which has 410 km of pistes. Montgenevre's own ski areas has 85 km of pistes comprising 8 green runs, 13 blue, 17 red and 10 black slopes. [2] The 2006 Winter Olympics were held in the Via Lattea. The resort is famed for its sunshine, good snow record and very good for intermediates. There is ski from your door accommodation. The village is situated at 1,860 metres, but the resort height begins at 1,820 metres and its highest point is 2,600 metres. It was built in 1907 and celebrated its centenary year in 2007. It claims to be one of the first ski resorts in France. The town lacks night life, which makes it family friendly.

Snowboard facilities include a half pipe, a snow park and two border-crosses.

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Lifts There are 23 lifts. This includes 1 gondola, 2 telemix, 11 chair lifts, 8 drag lifts and 1 magic carpet.

Runs There are 49 pistes in Montgenèvre. There is also more than 70 km of cross-country skiing terrain. In the Monts de la Lune ski area which is the connection between Montgenèvre and Claviere-Cesana, there are 31 lifts and 94 slopes including 9 green, 25 blue, 45 red and 15 black runs.

Winter activities

The winter season starts in late November and closes in late April.

There are two ski schools in the resort. They are ESF and A-PEAK.

APEAK ski school has a team of 15 instructors all fluent in English, Italian and even Dutch for some of them. They all provide tuition and guiding adapted to the skills of their students.

ESF has 900 instructors, and offer alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and heli-skiing activities as well as trips to Serre Chevalier and to the Olympic facilities. There is a snow garden when 4-year-olds and children older can experience skiing.

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Summer activities

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Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962246    
1968264+7.3%
1975338+28.0%
1982459+35.8%
1990519+13.1%
1999497−4.2%
2008486−2.2%

Transport

Roads

The RN94 which climbs up the Col de Montgenèvre runs through the village. A tunnel was built before the Turin Olympics back in 2006 to divert through traffic under the village, making the resort more peaceful. The road runs to Briançon and Oulx. There is a road to Grenoble from Briançon on the RN91 over the Col du Lautaret.

Calais Ferry Port is a 10-hour 30 minutes drive away on French Motorways.

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Turin International Airport

Aeroplane

The nearest international airport is Turin International Airport, 1 hour and 20 minutes drive (101 km) away. Grenoble-Isère Airport is 222 km away and a 2-hour 25 minutes drive away from the resort. www.snow.cab ski resort transfers have a base in Montgenevre so they're the best suited transfer company to provide transfers to or from Montgenevre, they offer regular direct shared transfers every Saturday and Sunday with a door to service.

Train

There is a bus to Oulx Railway station in the Susa Valley. This station serves the TGV line between Milan - Turin - Modane - Paris. Paris is 4 and a half hours away from Oulx.

There is an SNCF train station in nearby French town of Briançon. Which has a train service to Gap, Valence TGV, Lyon and Paris.

Bus

There is a bus service which connects the resort to Briançon and Oulx railway station. There is also a village bus for skiers so that they can return to their accommodation which runs between 8.30 and 18.00. There are 3 buses a day to the village of Les Alberts at the foot of the Col de Montgenèvre in the Val Claree.

Linked resorts

It is a part of the Via Lattea Milky Way ski area in Italy, where the 2006 Winter Olympics were held.

Pragelato - the resort is part of the Via lattea(Milky Way), is connected to this area by the new cableway Pattemouche - Anfiteatro built in 2006; in Pragelato there is also a cross country courses. There is a wide variety of activities for tourists, who can enjoy any kind of sport, in summer there is also a golf course 9 hole. Pragelato is a natural paradise for cross-country skiing, you have the chance to try the Olympic course supplied with planned snow-making system over 10 km as well as the tourist course that winds along the gorgeous scenarios of the Val Troncea Natural Park. The jumping hill stadium present the Olympic heritage, which highlights the tourist-sport development of this resort

Claviere - This small resort is just over the border in Italy and is included in the Monts de la lune lift pass. It is where the Olympic cross country ski teams practised in the Olympics in 2006.

San Sicario - They held the Biathlon and Alpine skiing events here in the 2006 winter Olympics. They also held the Bobsleigh and luge events here. You can attempt the Olympic women's super G and downhill courses.

Sestriere - This resort was founded by the owner of Fiat. It has been recently sold. The resort held the downhill skiing events and the Olympic village is situated in the village for the 2006 winter Olympics. You can attempt the men's Olympic downhill and super-G courses.

Sauze d'Oulx - Free Style Skiing Olympic events held here in 2006. The resort is acclaimed for its lively apres-ski.

Serre Chevalier - Nearby French resort with over 250 km of skiing. There is a free day of skiing here on your lift pass.

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