Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, Megève in the French Haute Savoie is both pretty and chic with an abundance of luxury chalets. A combination of extensive gentle skiing, excellent children’s facilities, luxury chalets & hotels and superlative restaurants makes Megève a serious contender for the most stylish resort in the Alps.
The village is built around a fine medieval church set in a traffic-free main square, where you can hire brightly painted sleigh-taxis. Free buses link the mid-town with the lifts, and coaches run to other nearby resorts covered on the Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass.
Provided you have a car, Megève is the most pleasant base in the Mont Blanc area from which to enjoy the 16 resorts (including Chamonix, Courmayeur and Argentière) covered by the Ski Pass Mont Blanc. Day-trips are also possible to Les Contamines, with 120km of slopes, and to attractive Val d’Arly with its linked resorts of Nôtre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Flumet and Praz-sur-Arly.
The ski area is large, with smooth and well-groomed pistes. Two of the three areas, Mont d’Arbois and Rochebrune, are connected at their bases by cable-car.
The Princesse eight-person gondola provides access to Mont d’Arbois by routing day visitors away from the town centre. The nursery slopes at Mont d’Arbois are easily accessible by cable-car or ski bus. The resort abounds in green slopes and gentle blue runs. From Mont Joux, long blues descend to Les Communailles near Le Bettex, with drag-lifts back up to the ridge. The runs into Megève itself are mostly wide and easy and include a long green piste. There is a drag-lift in the trees at the top-station of Le Jaillet for novices.
The slopes are superb for intermediates who enjoy easy cruising amid beautiful scenery and don’t want to push themselves. The skiing at Mont d’Arbois rises to its highest point of the area at Mont Joly, at 2,350m. A choice of long and fairly gentle red runs takes you into the attractive village of St-Nicolas-de-Véroce as well as to St Gervais.
Access to the Rochebrune area is by a swift gondola from the town centre. The area offers arguably the most attractive runs in the resort and is usually less crowded than Mont d’Arbois. From the top of the gondola, further lifts take you up to L‘Alpette. The highest point and the start of Mégève’s downhill course is Côte 2000, which provides some of the toughest skiing in the area and the best snow.