Established as France’s answer to St Moritz, Megeve is regarded as one of the world’s most iconic ski resorts.
First founded in 1914 by Baroness de Rothschild, Megeve has graduated from a medieval market town to an upmarket, stylish and sophisticated ski resort. With narrow cobbled streets, 18th-century architecture and horse drawn carriages, Megeve displays a rustic charm and authenticity that some resorts are lacking. This enchanting backdrop, along with Megeve’s luxury chalets, chic designer shops and Michelin star restaurants attracts a fashionable clientele to the area, who are just as interested in sampling exquisite mountain gastronomy and world class shopping, as they are the extensive skiing on offer.
Only an hours drive from Geneva, Megeve is part of the expansive Evasion Mont Blanc area and is popular with both French and international skiers. Although a low lying resort (1,100m) Megeve has a good snow record due to its proximity to Mont Blanc. The ski area comprises three main sectors with a massive 445km of pistes to explore. Wooden chalets and tree lined slopes create a beautiful backdrop for some of the most scenic skiing in the Alps.
If that’s not enough to entice you to Megeve, it also hosts a number of prestigious sporting events during the year, such as the Ice Hockey World Championships and the Megeve Polo Masters which takes place at the end of January.
“With fine dining at your fingertips Megeve has some of the best mountain restaurants in France.”
Flocons De Sel
With three Michelin stars to its name you would be hard pushed to find a finer mountain restaurant. Subtle yet innovative, head chef Emmanuel Renaut creates dishes inspired by his magnificent alpine surroundings. Alternatively the Flocons Village ‘bistro’ owned by the restaurant and located in the centre of town, produces traditional cuisine at a fraction of the cost.
www.floconsdesel.com/sport /+33 4 50 21 49 99
Face au Mont Blanc
At the top of Le Jaillet you will find Face au Mont Blanc; a restaurant with breathtaking views overlooking Mont Blanc. This traditional wooden chalet contains a buffet option as well as an ‘a la carte’ menu serving traditional French classics. The restaurant has an open fire and welcoming ambiance making it the ideal spot for a long lunch after a hard morning on the slopes.
www.chaletsaintgeorges.co /+33 4 50 93 07 15
Chalet Le Redaz
Situated on the Cote 2000 slopes, Chalet Le Redaz is an old fashioned wooden chalet serving traditional Savoyard fare. Generous portions, a friendly atmosphere and a particularly delicious tartiflette make for an enjoyable mountain stop.
www.leradaz.fr /+33 4 50 58 94 44
Located within Hotel Mont d’Arboi not far from the centre of town, Le 1920 was awarded its first Michelin star in 2014. Head chef Julien Gatillon offers a contemporary take on French gastronomy focusing on seasonal produce and rich flavours. Fine wines, elegant surroundings and original 1920’s wall murals all add to a luxurious gourmet experience.
www.mont-darbois.fr/restaurants-en/1920.aspx /+33 4 50 21 25 03
“Megeve has a refined nightlife with cosy cafes and sophisticated wine bars aplenty.”
Despite Megeve’s more sophisticated apres-ski reputation, those looking for serious apres action fear not…a new Folie Douce has opened at the top of Mont Joux. There are also a number of lively bars and clubs in town to keep the party going.
Club de Jazz Les 5 Rues
Situated in the heart of the village, Club de Jazz les 5 Rues is one of France’s oldest surviving jazz clubs having opened just after the Second World War. It has played host to many famous faces over the years and remains popular today with live jazz, cocktails and a great atmosphere.
+33 4 50 89 65 68
Perfect for an aperitif before hitting one of Megeve’s dancefloors, Wake Up is a small, cosy bar serving beer and tapas dishes.
+33 4 50 58 25 79
For those looking for a more boisterous atmosphere Cocoon certainly knows how to get the party started. Remaining open until 5am, the bar attracts both sport and music fans alike with live sport screenings, live music acts and DJ’s.
+33 4 50 21 09 91
A converted 1930’s bus shelter, Palo Alto is the ultimate all-in-one venue, housing a casino, restaurant, piano bar and club split across two levels.
www.palo-alto.fr / +33 4 50 75 85 00
“With tree lined slopes and views over Mont Blanc, Megeve has some of the most picturesque skiing in the Alps.”
Megeves has a large and accessible ski area divided into three main regions. Rochebrune is easily reached from town and has many gentle and attractive runs perfect for those less experienced. A series of lifts take you up the mountain to Cote 2000 which has more challenging pistes often used for ski racing.
Mont D’Arbois is the main ski area and from here you can ski for miles taking in St Nicolas-de-Veroce, Le Bettex and St Gervais. Experienced skiers will be attracted to some of Megeve’s steepest runs from the top of Mont Joly. The third area, La Jaillet, has stunning views of Mont Blanc, quiet slopes and some of the best off-piste skiing in Megeve.
Freestyle skiers can enjoy three terrain parks as well as a snowcross track and airbag jump. Cross country skiers can make use of the four cross country ski circuits and over 40km of diverse trails spread throughout the resort.
Evolution 2 offer everything from bespoke private lessons to off-piste tuition. They also run both a ‘Junior Academy’ and ‘Yeti Academy’ for children and should you want to venture further afield they can even arrange heli-skiing in Italy.
www.evolution2-megeve.com /+33 4 50 55 54 55
Ski Pros Megeve
With a fun and dynamic approach to learning to ski, Ski Pros has highly trained, bilingual instructors ready to meet your requirements. From group to individual lessons Ski Pros cater for all abilities.
www.skiprosmegeve.com /+33 6 81 61 06 15
“Shopping is the ultimate extra curricular activity in Megeve, but there are many other activities to enjoy which may be easier on your bank balance!”
From cooking lessons to sleigh rides you can enjoy life at a sedate pace or equally experience a variety of more extreme alpine activities.
Make the most of Megeve’s magical landscape and enjoy walking in the mountains. Try to spot roe deer and herds of chamois whilst taking in the panoramic views.
www.guides-megeve.com / +33 4 50 21 55 11
Hot Air Balloon flights
Enjoy spectacular views over Mont Blanc by taking a memorable trip over the mountains in a hot air balloon.
www.alpes-montgolfiere.fr / +33 4 50 55 50 60
Watch the mountains fly by as you drive your own team of huskies or sit back, relax and let a guide take charge. You can even don a head torch and enjoy a ‘trappers evening’ by night.
www.montduvillard-nord.com /+33 4 50 21 37 03
Le Palais des Sports
This fantastic sports centre contains a spa, gym, swimming pool, two ice rinks and a cinema. Here you can also master the Olympic sport of curling or see how it should be done during the International Tournament that takes place in January.
www.megeve.fr/index.php/sport /+33 4 50 21 15 71