Megève, well-known to the world’s elite, has maintained its country Haute Savoie character despite the modernization of its surrounding areas.
Megève, nestled opposite Mont-Blanc, is a delight for fans of wide open spaces, looking for some escapism. In winter, when the snow begins to fall, the countryside becomes silent. During this time, the village gets ready to celebrate this most magical time of year while skiing enthusiasts prepare to explore the mountain peaks. Megève is at the heart of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area which has 249 miles of ski runs. A huge, wide open area with its amphitheatre shape, offering a unique view of the Mont Blanc mountain range from each summit. The combination of pastures, pine forests and wide open spaces make for authentic skiing in an exceptional environment.
People skied here long before the ski lifts were built using local farmers’ horses. Megève has a reputation among ski resorts for its avant-gardism, opening the first skier cable car in France in 1933. Megève’s champions of the past, Emile Allais and Adrien Duvillard, have marked the history of French skiing; the young members of Team Megève continue to promote the village’s sporting talents.
Over the centuries, human activity has changed, as has Megève. But the village has kept its soul, its history and its authentic feel. Its unspoilt mountain architecture, its narrow streets, its many gourmet restaurants and elegant boutiques make it a unique destination with its own special story.
It is largely thanks to its history and agricultural past that Megève is currently one of the most tempting destinations for mountain gastronomy. Local producers set the tone for a village that has always sought excellence in its produce and has been attracting talented young chefs with a flair for innovation for over a hundred years. Ambassadors of gastronomy with a special talent for innovating with local produce, the village’s 85 restaurants offer an abundance of choice, from the Alps’ first 3-star restaurant to the most modest of guest house tables.
Megève has a comprehensive range of accommodation styles and categories, from simple guest houses to 5-star hotels.
Excellence is a constant here and Megève proposes a wide range of activities and events that make the village one of a kind in the French Alps!
- Extensive slopes, with miles of easy slopes, ideal for intermediates
- Scenic setting, with splendid views
- Charming old village center, with very swanky shopping
- Some lovely luxury hotels
- Gourmet mountain lunches in attractive surroundings
- Excellent cross-country trails, including some at altitude
- Mont Blanc lift pass covers many other worthwhile resorts nearby
- Great for weekends – cooperative hotels and close to Geneva
- If it snows, deserted mountains
- Plenty to do off the slopes