“An ideal resort in which to learn,” said a reporter. We’re not sure Montgenevre is quite the best resort in the world for beginners – and we wouldn’t recommend it for first-time snowboarders because of the number of drag-lifts. However, for skiers, the uncrowded slopes, unhurried atmosphere, and easily-accessed beginner’s pistes make for a confidence-boosting environment. The ESF and Apeak are the two schools in town, both offering adult and child classes and private lessons.
A good destination for families
“The resort is very safe for kids,” commented a reporter, “especially in the evening. All in all, a great family resort”. A new kindergarten (+33 492 21 90 46) is for children from six months to five years old, located in the Espace Partenaire at the foot of the slopes. Apeak runs a children’s programme (“great for catapulting my eight year old from non-skier to easy reds by day three”), and children’s freeride/freestyle sessions for groups of six.
The Jardin des Neiges has been designed to give three to seven year-olds a fun introduction to winter sports. The whole area has been specially equipped and made safe, with a mini ski-lift. There’s also a roundabout where children hold onto the central circle that speeds up and slows down to test their balance. A specially-designed mini-boardercross course is also laid on for little ones, featuring raised turns, mini-bumps and a sports circuit. There’s also a natural skating-rink at the bottom of the slopes.
There are two separate toboggan courses in the resort centre – one for two to six year olds, the other one for older children. A free travelator, located opposite the tourist office, takes you up to the top of the tobogganing area.