Quirky, chic and traditionally French, picture postcard Megeve is an iconic ski resort that exudes class and quality. Born in the 1920s out of an attempt by the French to win over skiers from Switzerland’s ritzy Saint Moritz, Megeve is, essentially, the original purpose-built French ski resort, significantly revamped, that remains an ideal option for those seeking a relaxing escape to the French Alps. Rather unsurprisingly, this is a classy resort and the cobbled streets of Megeve have retained their French charm resulting in a well preserved, highly fashionable and aesthetically pleasing and pretty town centre.
Bursting with character, Megeve is certainly a great option for those wanting to holiday in a ski resort that offers an authentic French atmosphere, in a highly regarded town, with numerous bars and restaurants, as well as some scenic and pretty extensive skiing. Predominantly geared for intermediates, beginners will still enjoy themselves as would experts, though if a group of experts, there are more challenging areas in other resorts nearby such as Chamonix or Val d’Isere.
Megeve is a great option for mixed ability parties where you may also have some non-skiers who can lose themselves in a myriad of designer shops, terrific restaurants and quirky jazz bars. Furthermore, with plenty of off-snow entertainment available including horse-drawn sleigh rides, indoor and outdoor ice rinks and a highly rated spa, Megeve is a ski resort that certainly caters for all, with such easy access from Geneva.Cross Country skiers will be happy too in Megeve, as there are almost 40km of varied trails dedicated for them.
Megeve is also a good choice not only for that weekly ski trip but also for a short break. Short breaks in Megeve are certainly memorable, with the picturesque scenery, extensive skiing and some quite superb mountain restaurants. There are three main ski areas; Mont D’arbois, Rochebrune and Le Jaillet, which collectively offer 445 km of pistes and are served by 111 lifts. With an abundance of wide open tree-lined slopes, Megeve is widely renowned for great skiing due to less tracked terrain and endless woodland runs which are often quite quiet!
So there we have it. Megeve is a fantastic option for mixed ability parties and especially intermediates who will just revel in variety. Experts are also fairly well catered for with some challenging black runs that trickle down the back of the Mount Joux and would love the off piste skiing after some heavy dumps of the white stuff. Generally speaking, slopes are wide, open and scenic which is an interesting alternative to the narrow red and blacks you can find in many other French resorts.
MEGEVE AREA SKI FACTS
Top elevation 2350m
Resort elevation 1100m
Lifts in area 88
Pistes 450 kms