Montgenèvre is not only one of the biggest aires in the Alps, it’s also one of the best in our opinion – direct access to a huge ski area, solid, reliable electric hook up (EHU) and it’s a border town which always results in a mixed up culture that’s pretty unique. People seem to gravitate back here for years on end – actions speak volumes.
You can come at Montgenèvre from France or Italy and it’s a thoroughfare between the north of Italy and south of France – the reason this is important information? It means all these roads are capable of carrying HGV’s and for anyone in a motorhome, that means, easy, wide and mostly clear routes in and our of town.
The journey to Montgenèvre Aire
Whether you’re coming from France or Italy, the route is fairly straight forward – the town is well sign posted from both Briançon on the French side and Oulx on the Italian. This is one of the most accessible aires we visited for bigger vehicles and particularly good for long stays.
- As you come up past Claviere (you can choose to drive through town or around it, whichever you fancy) you’ll come to a mini roundabout. Take the first exit if you’ve ventured through town or second if you took the bypass tunnel
- Continue for another half mile until you reach the boarder – it’s very informal and people rarely get stopped but it does creep up on you so be aware!
- After passing the boarder hut, take your first right, hard round back on yourself and uphill – this is the road into the aire and it is well signed* see aire road
- Get yourself to Briançon… if you’re coming from the south (maybe from Risoul, Vars or Puy Saint Vincent) you’ll got through town, if you’re coming from the north (Serre Chevalier direction) you can skip around the edge
- There’s only one way in from France and that’ll take you on a 20 minute ride up the mountain – lovely drive and nothing to worry about (check out this little video which show the route and should alleviate any apprehension you might have)
- You need to drive all the way through town until you reach a small roundabout with the ‘Fond du Ski’ park on your right. Carry straight over this.
- A few hundred metres on, you’ll pass under a bridge and turn almost immediately left up what looks a little like a service road. Keep left for another hundred metres as you travel uphill with the aire below you on your right.
Both… once your on the aire road…
- Hand a right into the aire, pull up in front of the first barrier and check the video below for what to expect!
- BEWARE. This road causes some problems in heavy snow. If you are in any doubt as to whether it’s passable, you are far better to stop at the bottom and have a walk up. We saw countless motorhomes and camper vans being dragged out of the edges by diggers, some badly damaged.
TIP: If you want to know how to work the barrier system – watch the video below – it’ll save you getting stuck as we (and countless others) did!
James’s Tour of the Mongenèvre Aire (and a bit of being silly)
- All the pitches are pretty flat and well levelled by the maintenance crew during snow
- Great hook up – we reckon 10amps but it states 6amps.
- Fab services building in the middle of the site
- HUGE site – you’ll be unlucky to find it completely full (but it does happen)
- Basically ski-in-ski-out (with ski pass desk a few hundred meters away) – barely a walk
- Free ski bus to the other areas of this linear resort
- Great free wifi – even better with a motorhome wifi booster set up
- Compact town with everything a 5-10 minute walk away
- 20 minutes from Briançon which is great because it has LPG
- Really well maintained in bad weather
- You can go for dinner in Italy!
- The tariff skyrockets after 7 days – you just need to pack up and go around which is a good opportunity for a little drive to Briançon for fuel
- It’s big – which means it’s not quite as friendly as some of the other aires we visited
- Chair lift passes over the upper tier for those who like a lie in!
- No toilets
- The rubbish bins are at the exit so a little walk
- The slope up into the entrance from the main road to the aire can be very slippery (see above)