OTHER SKI RESORTS
For those people who want to try a new resort every day while staying at the Genzianella, the sky’s the limit! With a car it’s possible to ski in numerous resorts in Italy and France. Here’s a selection of ski resorts.
ORELLE & VAL THORENS
A 40 minute journey from the Genzianella through the Frejus Tunnel brings you to Orelle, an integral part of the 3 Valleys. Orelle is, essentially, the other side of Val Thorens and has its own ski area comprising of 9 runs. The lift from the valley floor takes 13 minutes to the ski area and, in 7 more minutes, brings you to the Cime Caron, the summit of the VT ski area from where you can see hundreds of alpine summits around, from Italy to Switzerland and up to the Southern Alps. From here you can ski into VT. Orelle has free parking. It’s recommended to arrive early for a full day skiing.
47 minutes away from the Genzianella by car is the large ski resort of Serre Chevalier which extends for 15km along the valley to include the towns of Briançon, St Chaffrey, Chantemerle, La Salle Les Alpes and Le Monêtier-les-Bains. The resort has 82 runs (13 black, 30 red, 26 blue and 13 green) and 59 lifts. The maximum elevation for skiing is 2,800m, with a total vertical drop of 1,600 m.
An hour from the Genzianella you can find the ski resort of Val Cenis (which is 3 linked villages – Val Cenis Lanslevillard, Val Cenis Lanslebourg and Val Cenis Termignon. The resort is literally on the other side of the mountains from Susa and has a great viewing point over the lake of Mont Cenis (or Montcenisio in Italian). There are 125km of runs, 1400 meters of ascent (1300m – 2800m), 62 trails: 5 black trails, 22 red trails, 19 blue trails and 16 green trails plus 29 ski lifts.
PUY ST VINCENT
Just over an hour from the Genzianella is the small French ski resort of Puy Saint Vincent. The ski area is staggered between an altitude of 1,250 m and 2,700 m at the top of La Pendine with an elevation of 1,500 m (2nd highest elevation in the Hautes-Alpes).
The resort has 75 km of marked slopes including 2 black, 12 red, 14 blue, 6 green, 1 snowpark, 1 boardercross, 12 lifts and more.
La Grave is one of the more unsual ski resorts in that it only has one piste and that’s on the glacier at the top! All the rest is off-piste. The resort is 1 hour 24 minutes from the Genzianella and La Grave is a small, traditional alpine village, located at an altitude of 1500m and offering an exceptional view of La Meije, mythical peak of the Ecrins Massif. There’s up to 2150m of vertical in varied terrain – from the high mountains to the river at the bottom of the valley. Off-piste guide recommended.
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