Megeve is a ski resort village in the Alps of south-eastern France, in the Evasion Mont Blanc resort. It offers downhill runs, snow parks and cross-country trails, with links to La Giettaz. The area features rustic-chic chalets, upmarket hotels and designer boutiques. Its pedestrian centre has cobbled medieval streets. In summer, trails lead through green forests and meadows, and up to Mont d’Arbois for panoramic views. The village boasts 89 restaurants, 3 of which are bestowed with 3 Michelin Stars.
Megeve has an enormous ski area, encompassing 445 km, more than 220 pistes and 100 lifts. The classic resort is at a lower altitude than many other major French alternatives, with its highest point at 2525 m on Mont-Joly. Even though the resort is at a lower altitude, snow cover is rarely an issue. From Megeve you will be able to purchase the affordable Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass, which costs a lot less than most ski resorts of a comparable or smaller size.
Megeve has plenty to do away from the pistes. You can walk around the resort centre and visit the vast number of shops and try some of the incredible food from one of the many Michelin Star restaurants.
There are also family-friendly activities to enjoy after a big day skiing. There is a bowling alley, cinema and ice-skating rink. There is also the option of sporting activities to take part in, climbing, ice hockey and tennis – there is also a sports and fitness centre you can use.
Megeve’s mountains add up to a great number of slopes. All suit good intermediates and there’s so much choice there’s no chance of getting bored. The resort still has some old, slow lifts, but the mileage hungry can plan their day around the fast lifts. Experts won’t be disappointed in Megeve now that 20 runs are left ungroomed after a big snow fall. There should be plenty of fresh powder to play about in, as the majority of skiers prefer the gentler slopes – and the powder remains for several days. From Mt Arbois you can make your way over to the Mt Joly and Mt Joux sectors where you’ll find the steepest slopes in the ski resort plus some serious off-piste terrain down the back. A popular descent is the Epaule red on Mt Joly down to the village of St Nicolas de Veroce – don’t forget to stop and gaze at the breathtaking view of Mont Blanc on the way.
The ski season in Megeve operates from December to April, and the runs are immaculately maintained to ensure an excellent surface.
The closest airport to Megeve is Geneva, which is around an hour away.