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Cross-Border Skiing in Montgenevre


Montgenevre - one of the best resorts for cross-border skiing!!

Crossing a border from one culture, cuisine and language to another is always a thrill, but on skis over majestic snow-covered mountains, it’s something special.

With 410km of pistes between 1860m and 2800m, The Milky Way is one of the biggest winter sports areas in the world. It links Montgenèvre, one of France’s oldest resorts, to six Italian villages: Clavière, Cesana, Torinese, Sestrière, Pragelato, San Sicario and Sauze d’Oulx.

The lift infrastructure has greatly benefited from the ski and board events of the 2006 Winter Olympics and there are no less than 1,000 snow cannons. The highest point is Monta Motta 2800m in the Sestrière ski area. There you can try the men’s Olympic downhill or the super-G run if you are up to it. Sauze d’Oulx is very popular with Brits, particularly intermediates, and is famous for its lively après-ski. Heliskiing is legal on the Italian side only.

Montgenèvre, with 65km of ski runs, was the site of the first international ski race in 1907. It has since lost some of its pre-war glamour when it was a favourite with the glitterati of the day. It has however retained its heavy snowfalls and is also the easiest of the Franco-Italian alpine passes – you may well be skiing in the steps of Hannibal’s elephants. The old town is not without its charms and has been greatly improved by a tunnel taking the through traffic out of the main street.

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