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Peak Transfer | Megève Winter Ski Guide
8th August 2016

Megève Winter Ski Guide

Megève was one of the first purpose built ski resorts on French soil, steeped in ancestry and culture you can feel the history as you wander the enchanting village centre. A spacious and exclusive resort by nature, about an hour from Geneva airport in the Haute Savoie you can expect fine wine, exquisite dining options and even better ski terrain. The added benefit of staying in Megève is not only being situated centrally in the beautiful “Evasion Mont-Blanc” ski domain, which on it’s own includes a slew of nearby resorts such as Combloux, St-Gervais, and Les Contamines but also its access to Chamonix, Verbier and Courmayeur with the right lift pass.

Peak Transfer to Megeve Ski Resort France from Geneva Airport

What sets Megève apart from some of the other, newer big-name resorts in the area is its chic, yet laid-back ambience. This is not a new money resort. While there is an après-ski scene here, you’re far more likely to spend your after hours time enjoying the casino and jazz club. There are several fine dining establishments and luxury resorts. Relaxation, elegant and low-key socialising are the name of the game in Megève.

KEY FACTS

REGION: Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

 

ALTITUDE: 1,027m

 

HIGHEST LIFT: Mont Joly – 2,350m (Evasion Mont-Blanc) & Aiguille du Midi – 3,800m (Mont Blanc Unlimited)

 

SKI TERRAIN:

Evasion Mont-Blanc – Groomed Piste: 445 km (19 Green, 28 Blue, 25 Red, 11 Black),  Off-Piste: Vast varied terrain, Cross Country: 40 km

Mont Blanc Unlimited – Groomed Piste: 952 km (88 Green, 154 Blue, 183 Red, 65 Black), Off-Piste: Exceptional world class terrain, Cross Country: 40 km +

 

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Geneva – 86 km / 75 mins

SKI

Megève is at a relatively low altitude of just over 1,000m high and is spread out across three mountains. At it’s peak, the resort’s lifts reach a height of about 2,300m. Don’t let the low altitude fool you into believing snow is sparse, the resort makes up for this with its close proximity to the 4,000m peaks including Mont Blanc and the fact that the terrain is grass and requires little cover. When it does snow, the off-piste trails are nearly untouched, so it’s possible to find yourself some powder even in the high season days after its nearest neighbors. Megève is made up of 183 predominantly blue and red trails, making it a great spot for beginners to intermediate-advanced skiers.

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Through a series of crisscrossing lift rides you can make your way from Megève all the way to Mont Joly, the resort’s highest peak. The upper half of the mountain is dedicated to reds and blacks as well as the resort’s ski park, but about halfway down, you’ll find a spaghetti bowl of zig-zagging blues and greens. On Rochebrune, you’ll find a series of parallel lifts, each leading to a different cluster of a few trails, which are mostly intermediate. Finally, on the edge of town, you’ll find the third hill, which is shared with Combloux, making it easy to stay in either resort, yet access the trails of the other.

With the recent partnership between Chamonix’s Compagnie du Mont Blanc Megève’s guest can now enjoy the the benefits of the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass which allows access to almost 1,000 km of pisted terrain and more than a lifetimes worth of off-piste, crossing both France, Italy and Switzerland. If you are fond of sampling a number of Europe’s finest ski resorts and don’t mind travelling you can access world renowned resorts such as Chamonix, Verbier and Courmayeur with the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass. For more information about the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass click here.Why you should go Spring Skiing in the Alps this season

For lessons in Megève, there are plenty of options, including Ecole de Ski Francais, along with several smaller operations. However, nearby Combloux and Cordon is a far more family-friendly resort, so may be the way to go if teaching the little ones is your primary goal. The Bureau des Guides Megève is the preeminent guiding service at the resort for those looking to explore the off-piste options. For live webcams and ski passes, visit the resort’s website here.

EAT

Fine dining is plentiful in Megève, and one of the stalwarts in the area is Flocons de Sels, a Michelin-starred restaurant in an old converted farmhouse. The food and ambience are both traditional Savoie. For the ultimate in private dining, visit Domaine De La Sasse, where you can enjoy a 5- or 7-course menu with superb wine pairings. It is a journey to reach the restaurant, but well worth it. The list of high-end spots goes on, including Ideal 1850, La Raviere, La Ferme de Mon Pere, and more. To find out where to get the best meal at altitude why not take a look at our Guide to Megève’s best Mountain Restaurants.

Best Mountain Resturants in Megeve

In the mid-price range, Le Refuge is a chic and delicious option. Les Mandarines is another popular option with a beautiful terrace. La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois is a cozy setting with bistro eats. Cheaper options are limited, but try Face au Mont Blanc which has a cheaper menu in a separate room from its fine dining restaurant. You’ll also find that more and more snack and sandwich shops are opening along the slopes for those seeking a quick bite.

APRÈS

For now La Folie Douce remains the one spot in town for a real, all-out party vibe. Located at the top of Mont Joly, the club features dancers and DJs from 2:30pm daily during the ski season. In town, though, you’ll find that the atmosphere is more restrained. Instead of a see-and-be-seen nightclub, you’ll find 5 Rues, a delightful jazz club and cocktail bar with chic decor in an old stone building. Palo Alto is also a safe bet, with two discos, and Cocoon is a British bar where you can catch can’t-miss sporting events while in Megève.

Folie Douce in Saint Gervais is great for Apres on the Mountain

SLEEP

For the most part, lodging in Megève is comprised of large decadent chalets and high fashion boutique hotels. You won’t find any mega-resorts here. For large groups, there is a handful of suitable chalets for rent, but for most, you’ll be booking a room. Le Fer a Cheval is a long-standing institution in Megève with a rustic-chic interior and a spa. For the best food in a luxury environment, visit Flocons de Sels, which is a 5-star hotel in addition to being one of the village’s top restaurants. Hotel Mont Blanc is a classy 4-star hotel that still manages to provide great value. Hotel Le Gai Soleil, Hotel Royal Rochebrune, and Le Rond Point d’Arbois are all excellent 2- and 3-star resorts that may be easier on the wallet. When visiting Megève, it’s best to stay as close to the lifts as possible unless you have a car, as the free ski shuttles are infrequent.

Winter activties in Megeve such as Horse and Carriage rides

ACTIVITIES

For non-skiers, the Rochebrune cable car is the best one to check out for excellent views of the village below. Also be sure to visit the spa at Les Fermes de Marie, one if not ‘the’ best Spa hotels in the world. Megève’s casino may not have many card tables, but there are plenty of slots to keep you entertained. Also be sure to visit the Palais des Sports, which is an excellent fitness centre with a pool.

Maters Polo Championships in Megeve

Be sure to catch the Ski Cross World Cup and International Winter Polo Masters hosted in Megève, in January, along with the Megève International Jazz Festival at the end of March.

GETTING HERE

Megève is situated just 86 km away from Geneva International Airport making Megève an ideal location with a short and swift transfer ensuring more time is spent holidaying rather and less of your valuable time commuting. Peak Transfer run private door-to-door transfers throughout the year from €200 for up to 8 passengers in our modern well equipped passenger vehicles.

Let Peak Transfer take the stress out of travelling with our reliable service and complimentary SMS confirmation for peace of mind. Travel in style with your dedicated driver ready to meet you in airport arrivals and drive you straight to your destination so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your well deserved holiday.

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USEFUL LINKS

For more information and for ski passes, visit Megève’s website. You can also learn more about the ski pass for all Mont Blanc resorts here. Visit the tourist office in Megève for an excellent map marking the village’s restaurants along with activity recommendation.

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