Skiing in Megeve

Megeve’s enormous ski area is divided into three main sectors – Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois and Le Jaillet. There are other sectors, such as La Giettaz and the runs above the village of St Nicholas, but they are small and on the edges of the main ski area.

Megeve Ski Area Overview

The Megeve Evasion Mont Blanc ski area has 136 groomed runs totalling 445km and covered by a single lift pass. While most of the pistes are suitable for intermediate skiers (71%), there is plenty of skiing for beginners (16%) and improving beginners in ski schools will soon progress to ski the easier intermediate terrain. With just 1,237m of vertical elevation between 1,113m and 2,350m, opportunities for advanced skiers on the pistes are quite limited, but there is also plenty of off-piste skiing in Megeve. Mountain guides can be arranged locally through Bureau Guides Megeve.


The Rochebrune ski area is reached by the Rochebrune gondola from the pedestrianised central square of Megeve or by cable car from the Rochebrune station, a five-minute walk up the hill. The Rochebrune ski area has attractive relined runs for intermediates and is linked to Mont d’Arbois by a cableway which takes you across the valley. From Rochebrune you can continue upwards via several lifts and pistes to Cote 2000, home to some of the most difficult runs in the resort and excellent off-piste.

Mont d’Arbois

The Mont d’Arbois ski area is reached by gondola from the central square and then the Rocharbois cable car across the valley or by ski bus from Megeve centre, which will take you directly there. Mont d’Arbois ski area can also be accessed from the resort of St Gervais, the charming village of St Nicholas de Veroce and Le Bettex. You can also access Mont d’Arbois from Les Contamines, which lies east of Mont Joly (2,350m) in the shadow of Mont Blanc. Many green and blue runs make it great for beginners and intermediates to notch up the kilometres, skiing over to St Nicholas. For more advanced skiing try the steeper terrain at the top of Mont Joly.

Le Jaillet

This is the least visited area but provides uncrowded slopes, beautiful views of the Mont Blanc mountain range and some of the best off-piste skiing in Megeve. A gondola from the Western edge of Megeve takes you up to mainly red runs. To access the village of La Giettaz, the newest area on the Megeve piste map, you must take the six-seater Christomet chairlift.

Beginner Skiing in Megeve

Megève is a good place to learn to ski. Not only does it have good beginner and green slopes but there is plenty to do in and around the village should you decide to have an afternoon off. The slopes are also very quiet outside of New Year and half term.

The École du Ski Francais and the École du Ski Internationale both offer English group lessons. These depart from the top of the Chamois bubble coming up from the centre of the town. There are nursery slopes just next to the bubble which is where the lessons take place. Once you have graduated from here, the next step is to the small green run below the nursery slope and then a trip to the Mont D’Arbois side of the mountain and a chance to let the skis run on the long green run down to Bettex. The Mandarine piste on the front of Mont d’Arbois is also a favourite as are the runs at La Tour. You can take the next step on the blue runs at Bettex and Mont d’Arbois. The blue runs on the Rochebrune side are a little trickier but it won’t be long until you have mastered them.

There are plenty of picturesque restaurants to have a well-earned coffee, enjoy the views of Mont Blanc and meet up with others in your group. The village of Megève is very picturesque and has lots of charming boutiques, bars and patisseries if you’ve had enough skiing for the day. There is also a large sports centre with a swimming pool and sauna to ease those aching muscles.

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Intermediate Skiing in Megeve

Megeve has masses of great skiing for intermediates with 71% of the ski area is rated suitable for intermediates including long winding tree-lined runs and plenty of good mountain restaurants to stop for a coffee or lunch.

The colour coding in Megeve can be interesting in places. On the Rochebrune side of the mountain, early intermediates should be careful as some of the blue pistes are trickier than their coding suggests. Mouillettes is nice and wide up at the top, but it can get a bit narrow at the bottom, while Piste A2 can be avoided by going down the green runs Rosiere or Piste A, which is a beautiful run, measuring 3kms through trees to the Rocharbois cable car. 

By contrast, there is an easy black piste – Super Megeve – which is the ultimate confidence builder. La Petite Fontaine is a long red run made up of wide-open, rolling terrain. You can ski over to Cote 2000 and back to clock up more kilometres, stopping at the Radaz for the best tartiflette on the mountain. Lanchettes, in Cote 2000, is another lovely long run marred only by a very long drag lift on the way back up.

Mont d’Arbois is filled with opportunities for intermediates. From the Princesse black run, which winds through the trees, the slopes down to Bettex or Les Communailles and the red runs of Étudiants, there is plenty to choose from. Notch up more kilometres with a trip over to the charming village of St. Nicholas and enjoy the stunning views of Mont Blanc. Outside of school holidays and peak season weekends, the pistes can be deserted and lift queues are rare. Favourite lunch spots are Le Gouet for a traditional dish of ‘Pella des Aravis’ and any of the restaurants at the bottom of Les Communailles.

Le Jaillet is even quieter than the rest of the mountain and offers tremendous views of the Aiguille du Midi and the rest of the Mont Blanc massif. Again, there are long winding runs to Christomet and the newly opened link to La Giettaz means another opportunity for letting the skis run. L’Auberge du Christomet is a great lunch stop; it is a favourite for non-skiers as you can drive up to it so you will have to book in peak season.

Advanced & Expert Skiing in Megeve

Opportunities for advanced skiers on piste in Megeve are relatively limited with black runs amounting to just 13% of the ski area, but there is plenty of excellent off-piste skiing.

No advanced skier can go to Megeve and miss out on the legendary Emile Allais in the Rochebrune sector. This 3km black run boasts an 812m vertical elevation and at its steepest, it is around 33 degrees and there are decent bumps at the top, followed by a narrow schuss through the trees. 

The women’s Downhill run at Cote 2000, the Descente black run, is another great adrenaline rush, especially as it is kept very well groomed. The Marmotte black run is also worth a look but is often closed due to avalanche risk. 

At Mont Joly, the Grand Chamois is a steep black run that can be fantastic on powder days or nail-biting when icy and the view from the top stretches out to both sides of the valley. Voltigeurs and Bridans, the moderately steep black pistes that snake down through the trees on Mont d’Arbois are often overlooked by the majority of skiers but are very enjoyable. They are frequently left ungroomed so can be good for mogul practice. 

From the top of Mont Joly, there are also unofficial off-piste runs to and from Les Contamines. Be careful – these are trickier than the piste map suggests. You are also heading South or South Eastwards, so the snow conditions can deteriorate quickly. Therefore taking a guide, and listening to their advice, is heavily recommended.

If you’re your searching for bumps, you can also head to Mont Joux. The run under the chairlift there or, on the Rochebrune side, the top of La Petite Fontaine is where to focus. Also challenging are the bumps at the top of Rosay, the black piste but it can be icy. The black Princesse run is not particularly steep but great fun for a blast.

With over 400km of piste skiing, there’s plenty of good piste skiing for advanced skiers to explore the whole ski area at speed and if you get tired of skiing on piste, there are masses of good off-piste skiing in Megeve.

Boarding & Freestyle in Megeve

Megeve is best for beginner and intermediate snowboarders. Advanced boarders and freestyle skiers can entertain themselves in the four terrain parks, the biggest and best of which is on Mont d’Arbois.

Beginner and intermediate snowboarders have an excellent choice of wide, cruising blue and red runs in Megeve, perfect for practising riding those edges. 

As Megeve is such a well-heeled resort, there are few button lifts. The beginners’ area on Mont d’Arbois frustratingly has button lifts but Petit and Grand Vorasset can be avoided by riding the Mont d’Arbois gondola. Rochbrune’s green pistes are also accessed by button lift, but you can also bypass them by riding the Caboche gondola.

Boarders on the cusp of advanced who do not like moguls should note that the Ecureuil, Rosay, M Dujon, Voltigeurs, Emile Allais black runs all tend to bump up, as does the Slalom red run and the Grand Tetras and Cabri in Jaillet, which sometimes can have patchy snow.

Near the Grands Champs chairlift in Rochebrune, there is a small terrain park, but the best terrain park in Megeve is on Mont d’Arbois, by the Mont Joux chairlift. It has a man-made half pipe, as well as a large selection of kickers for all abilities. There are also a few rails and boxes. Both Combloux and Le Giettaz have parks, with the former the better equipped.

In addition to 445km of pistes, Megeve has lots of off-piste terrain for advanced skiers and boarders including excellent off-piste at Cote 2000, Mont Joux and Mont Jolie.

Mountain Restaurants in Megeve

Megeve has more than 30 restaurants on the mountain serving mainly Savoyard specialities in rustic settings and is home to some of the best mountain restaurants in France. 

With a predominantly upscale French clientele including plenty of celebrities, it’s hardly surprising that Megeve has some of the best mountain restaurants in France. Mountain restaurant prices in Megeve are relatively expensive in comparison to most other ski resorts so it pays to shop around to find the best value. We asked Megève specialist operator Stanford Skiing to give us the lowdown on some of the best mountain restaurants, grouped by sector…

Mountain Restaurants in Rochebrune

Terrasse du Mas 

In the main block, at the top of the Chamois lift/shoebox, Caboche is fairly basic but convenient. The best there is Carbonara, although they have good salads – crucial in a ski resort when you’ve had enough stodge. Service can be slow and it can be busy at times. Tel: +33 4 50 21 45 91.


Located behind the children’s ski school and better than Terrasse du Mas, Caboche serves good salads and offers a children’s menu. Tel: +33 4 50 21 55 19.

Le Matou 

Located at the bottom of Petit Rochebrune, Le Matou’s friendly owners used to run Rond Point in the summer. The hot chocolate is outstanding. Tel: +33 4 50 58 97 77.

Super Megeve 

Situated at the top of the Rochebrune cable car with decent panoramic views, the Super Megeve self-service restaurant has standard menus, which are superior to Terrasse Du Mas. Super Megeve also has a restaurant with waiter service which is rather good. They often have a barbecue outside in good weather, and the Tarte Tatin is superb. Tel: +33 4 50 21 22 05.

La Forestiere 

On the way to Alpette, this is a wonderfully friendly place to eat. The old farmhouse offers a pleasant ambience and considering the restaurant sits on the legendary Emile Allais black, you will have earned a decent lunch. While the plat du jour is usually of a high standard, we have had mixed reports on the rest of the menu. Tel: +33 4 50 21 12 95.


One of the best places for pedestrians to meet up with skiing friends, L’Alpette is great for an expensive blowout. The patisserie is exceptional and when the skiers go, pedestrians can sit back in front of the fire and enjoy great hot chocolate in cold weather. The restaurant offers a snowmobile taxi for non-skiers to the Alpette chairlift and there is a sun terrace. L’Alpette is owned by the same people who run Les Chalet des Fermes and Au Coin du Feu. Tel: +33 4 50 21 03 69.

La Babotch 

Good for beginners to meet up with their more advanced friends as it sits at the bottom of the Rosiere green run to the left of Le Javen. La Babotch is reasonably priced, serves food all day with a nice ambience and like the L’Alpette it has a fireplace as well as a sun terrace. Tel: +33 4 50 91 93 96.

Le Javen 

Small but with friendly service and situated at the bottom of the Petit Fontaine chair’ Le Javen serves good honest dishes and Savoyard Pella is especially recommended. For cheaper dishes, the omelettes are particularly good value and the coffee is good. There’s also a kiosk with deckchairs where you can get drinks and sandwiches cheaply in good weather. The terrace sits by the lake. Tel: +33 4 50 91 92 66.

Le Radaz 

Located on the way back from Cote 2000, Le Radaz ownership has recently changed, but it was known for the best value on the mountain, with excellent food. Tartiflette, spaghetti Bolognaise and diots (Savoyarde sausages cooked in the oven) were all very good, with good omelettes for children. You need to get there early as it fills up quickly. Late season the deck is a great suntrap. Tel: +33 4 50 58 94 44


You can ski to Altiport but it’s a walk back, or you can get the bus if you have had a particularly long lunch. Good food with a friendly atmosphere with reasonable prices. Plat du jour is usually excellent. Tel: +33 4 50 21 31 57.

Mountain Restaurants in Jaillet

Auberge du Christomet 

Good food and service, and one of the best for non-skiers to meet up with skiing friends. Auberge du Christomet is not cheap but offers excellent food and fantastic views of Mont Blanc. Savoyarde specialities are extremely good. It’s open all year round too and has a good sun terrace. Tel: +33 4 50 21 11 34.

Table du Skier 

A rustic restaurant with an open fireplace, serving pasta and crepes, Table du Skier is located at the top of the Jaillett cable car. Tel: +33 4 50 93 07 15.

Restaurant En Face du Mont Blanc 

There are two restaurants in Restaurant En Face du Mont Blanc so you can usually get a table. Located at the top of the Jaillet cable car, lunch is buffet style, and although it is a little expensive, the views across Megeve with Mont Blanc in the background are simply stunning and won’t find many restaurants with a better view than this. Tel: +33 4 50 21 06 51.

Mountain Restaurants in Mont D’Arbois and St Nicholas

L’Auberge de la Cote 2000 

Situated in the car park, expensive and English speakers are often made to feel unwelcome so why bother? Need we say more? Tel: +33 4 50 21 31 84.

Ideal 1850 

Located close to the Mont d’Arbois Telecabine, Ideal 1850 is smart and used to be very expensive and pretentious, but now less so. Food is excellent food and it’s best to book especially at weekends as there is a great sun terrace with a panoramic view featuring Mont Blanc. Tel: +33 4 50 21 31 26.

Les Mandarins 

Les Mandarins claims to be the oldest high-altitude restaurant in France. It is expensive as a result, but there is a nice ambience with an open fire. The food can be first-class, as the Gault Millau will testify, but we have heard mixed reports. Tel: +33 4 50 21 31 27.

Espace du Mont Joux 

Situated at the top of the Mont Joux chair, Espace du Mont Joux has a reasonably priced menu including good spaghetti dishes and service is good. Fantastic views and is a good place to take kids as you often get a welcome from three St Bernard dogs. There’s also a drink and snack kiosk if you are looking for a cheaper option. Tel: +33 4 50 58 99 67.

La Raviere

On the way to Communailles and set in the trees, La Raviere can be tricky to find, but well worth finding for excellent value three-course lunches. The perfect place to go if you want an afternoon off and simply want to eat well before skiing home gently afterwards. You must book in advance and remember that no credit cards are accepted. Tel: +33 4 50 93 15 71.


Located at the bottom of Communailles, the food at Alpage is excellent and good value. Some of the starters are almost a meal in themselves. Tel: +33 4 50 93 12 76.

Relais du Communailles 

Situated next to the Communailles drag lift, which can be noisy at times, the Relais du Communaillles boasts a suntrap balcony with splendid views of Mont Blanc. Good food, too. Tel: +33 4 50 93 17 48.

Le Gouet 

Very friendly, family-run rustic restaurant with wood-burning stoves. Dishes to look out for are Croute du Gouet: think cheese, eggs, and the resultant filling dish, or Pella, a Savoyard speciality including cheese, potatoes and often Aravis or Reblochon cheese. The hot chocolate is divine. Tel: +33 4 50 93 20 97.

Chez Ernestine 

Situated on the ridge above the Croix de Christ bowl, Chez Ernestine is reached by a blue run from Mt Joux, or red runs from the top of Croix de Christ. The views are fantastic views and the short (but good) menu is probably the best value in the area. Tel: +33 4 50 93 13 08.


At the top of the Mont d’Arbois bubble, Vertigo used to be the old Igloo hotel/restaurant that was packed with English. It has been given a complete re-vamp and re-opened in 2011. The menu is very pricey – on the opening weekend the fixed menu was €115 and €165 with wine, but you certainly get what you pay for. The restaurant offers great views. Tel: +33 4 50 93 05 84.

Mountain Restaurants in La Giettaz

Auberge Bonjournal 

There are three restaurants at the foot of La Giettaz, of which the most interesting is Auberge Bonjournal, an authentic old wooden chalet set between Megeve and La Giettaz. The restaurant is accessible only by skis or snowshoes from either the Christomet chairlift or the Torraz chairlift. It’s advisable to phone ahead to book a table. Tel: +33 4 50 55 80 41.


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