Megeve is a city in Rhone-Alpes.
Megève is ideally located as it is only an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. It is situated in the foothills of the Mont Blanc massif, close to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel, which is the gateway to Italy and the Aosta Valley.
The closest rail station is about 15 kms away in the town of Sallanches from where there are frequent TGV connections to Paris and TER connections to Lyon, Annecy and other cities in the south of France.
Most people arrive by car but park their vehicle for the duration of their stay as the village center is pedestrian-only. Five ski-bus lines trundle through town and out to most of the major lift stations. Fares are included in the lift pass.
Megève is often referred to as the St Moritz of France. It is a resort which has attracted the jet set since the Rothschilds made it popular in the early 1900s; but is also an ideal family destination that has, unlike many ski resorts, retained its local French essence and atmosphere. The village is exactly what one would look for in a ski resort: a picture postcard central square with horse drawn carriages waiting to take you on a tour along the cobbled streets; old wooden chalets dominated by a church that dates back to the 13th Century and plenty of chic boutiques with all the trappings of elegance and class.
For families and groups where there are often non-skiers in the mix, this is a resort where they will not be bored. It is a shoppers heaven – window or otherwise, there are plenty of top class restaurants, both on and off the slopes, a weekly market and one of the worlds best spas. There is an outdoor ice rink which is located in the town centre and is open in the winter months. From Megève it is easy to take day trips to Courmayeur, Annecy and Geneva.
The ski area of Megève has over 300km of slopes and 80 lifts within three areas: Rochebrune Cote 2000, Mont d’Arbois and Jaillet with 75% of the slopes geared towards beginner and intermediate skiers. The area links up to others within the Mont Blanc Evasion area, namely Saint Gervais, Combloux and Saint Nicolas de Veroce. Although the resort is not a very high one being at little over 1’000 metres, the natural protection of the Mont Blanc massive as well as over 170 snow cannons mean the ski conditions are usually excellent throughout the season.
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There are several fabulous hotels in Megève: the renowned Ferme de Marie and the Fer a Cheval to name but two. Most visitors however, prefer to stay in chalets, either self catering or for those looking for a luxury holiday there are some operators, such as Indigo Lodges, who have several chalets that come with their own chef.