Megeve Ski Resort

Megeve is one of the prettiest ski resorts in France. In good snow conditions, it has a big ski area dotted with many of the best mountain restaurants in France. It's easy to get to via Geneva and a popular destination for ski weekends and family ski holidays.

One of France's most upmarket ski resorts and a member of the 'Best of the Alps' ski resorts, Megève is a traditional Savoyard town, and very popular with the French although more and more overseas visitors are now discovering its charms.

There are no huge hotels or other mass market elements in Megeve; indeed, this is one of the main attractions of this pretty resort. It's core is a medieval village with narrow, cobbled streets but it was developed in the early 20th century as the French answer to St Moritz, and it has more than its fair share of exclusive boutiques and smart hotels and restaurants, although there is cheaper accommodation too. There are plenty of other activities to keep non-skiers entertained in and around the resort, including dog sledding, horse drawn carriage rides and ice skating. The ski area is also famous for the quantity and quality of its mountain restaurants, and most of them can be reached with the bare minimum of skiing.

Megeve is easy to get to being just over an hour away from Geneva, and is a popular choice for short breaks as well as longer holidays.

The resort is part of the Evasion Mont Blanc domain that also includes Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas, Les Contamines and Comboloux. There are more than 220 of slopes covering 325kms of piste in total, running down from 8 summits. Most of the pistes are easy so it's a great area for novices  and nervous skiers as well as determined piste bashers who will love its sheer size. For experts, the Mont Joly and Mont Joux sectors have the steepest slopes, but to keep entertained for a full week, they will have to venture off-piste with a guide, as the on-piste challenges are few and far between. (Luckily Chamonix is less than 45 minutes away.)

And so it would seem that Megeve has it all, but in reality it lacks one thing: height. The village lies at 1100m and most of the skiing is below 2000m. In a snow storm its treelined slopes are a much nicer place to be than a bleak 3000m bowl above an ugly purpose-built resort. But when snow is in short supply, Megeve suffers.

Megeve Pros and Cons

+ Pretty town to stroll around

+ Extensive ski area

+ Excellent mountain restaurants

+ Good choice for beginners, nervous skiers and non-skiers

+ Easy to get to

- Not snowsure

- Few challenging pistes

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Megeve Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionHaute Savoie
  • Base1,113 metres
  • Summit2,350 metres
  • Vertical1,237 metres
  • Total Lifts27 
  • Cable Cars
  • Surface Lifts45 

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