THE MEGEVE SKI RESORT
A renowned international ski resort that earned its nobility in the beginning of the 20th century, Megève in Haute Savoie owes its touristic development to the charm of its old village hidden at an altitude of 1100 m in the beauty of its alpine landscapes, and to the quality of this ski area that regularly hosts stages of the Alpine Ski Cup competitions on its run, permanently dedicated to downhill competitions.
In 1913 the Rothschild family first this little village their vacation spot and maintained it at the time for the purpose of promoting the French “Art of Living” through this resort which has not yet since stopped having overwhelming success.
Only 45 minutes away from Geneva by car, this mythical resort’s seemingly eternal authenticity and unique stamp of a traditional mountain village has preserved its typically Savoie architectural heritage which has remained something that attracts the masses. Its charm captivates and envelops the straight narrow streets that brace themselves around the Grand-Place and the clock tower of the church with its green onion domes. A welcoming conviviality emanates from the multitude of small shops and wooded hostelries.
Here luxury is well represented in its multiple chalets of prestige and its hotels each set with different atmosphere offering you the freedom to admire the snow-covered massifs, the exceptional panoramic view of the Mont-blanc, the Mont Charvin, the peaks of Chamonix, the Warrens and Aravis chain of mountains.
In a cosy, relaxed chic or natural atmosphere, there’s always something here for you in Megève that will help you take advantage of the 600 hectares offering ski activities, snowshoe hikes, or romantic sleigh rides.
With 441 km of runs, it’s better to be in shape while staying in Megève!
You can also devote some of your time to admiring the sumptuous landscape views, sitting at a table on the numerous terraces in the sun, that offer you a multitude of restaurants each with an incredible view. With 87 restaurants, 37 of which are located in the mountains and several are mentioned in the Michelin Guide, in Gault & Millau and Botin Gourmand, Megève is a village full of excellent gourmet food, the “gourmet capital of the Alps”, offering refined, imaginative yet traditional cuisine.
Want to take a stroll and admire the scenery! Take the 50 km of marked snow-covered pedestrian trails that are maintained in the snow mountain routes, accessible by ski lifts with a pedestrian pass.Day and night snowshoe hikes are given by ski resort guides.You can also let yourself go in cross country skiing, on 45 km of marked and tracked skating or classical routes, from an introduction with very technical loops at Cote 2000. Beginners can enjoy the flat areas offering good skiing conditions on well groomed and wide runs or more advanced runs such as the Planay loop or the Javen loop.
Reserve your Alpine skiing lessons for beginners as well as competitive skiers as well as for snowboarding, freestyle skiing, Telemark skiing, snow-skating, carving, and cross-country skiing at www.megeve-ski.com.
Don’t forget to make your reservations in advance during school holiday periods.
Everyone can find something enjoyable to do in Megève. Megève offers Free riding amateurs a vast ski area. In the Rochebrune sectors, Cote 2000 or Mont d’Arbois, certain blue or black trails are left untouched allowing skiers to enjoy the powder without needing to endanger themselves off the trails. These runs are marked in the morning on screens at the bottom of the ski lifts.
Back-country skiing trails are not groomed nor maintained so it’s an activity to enjoy at your own risk, therefore adequate security equipment is necessary. The presence of a high mountain guide or a free ride ski instructor is strongly recommended. These are the only people capable of taking you on the ski area’s untouched inclines as they are very familiar with the blankets of snow offering exceptional excursions for a half or full day for beginners to advanced skiers.
With your guides, you’ll limit the risk of danger and you’ll be able to experience the high of the immaculate powdery snow on the secret routes away from the crowds.You’ll be able to head off towards the Col de Véry at 2015 m high, dressed in sealskin and crampons for ice climbing. You’ll be truly rewarded for the amazing view over the most beautiful massifs of Aravis in the Mont blanc mountain chain before heading back down.
A specialized instructor will also accompany you in snowshoeing off the beaten paths in the middle of breath-taking landscapes, for example on a route heading towards Col du Véry. Peaceful walks or exploring winter mountain life offers non-skiers a chance to enjoy the mountains as snowshoeing doesn’t require much technique nor particular physical conditions.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN ?
No problem !
Megève is one of the resorts certified as Famille Plus. Here kids are treated like kings! Also, ski lifts are free for children under 5.On demand, we’ll take care of finding you an experienced nanny who can speak the language of your choice to take care of your children of 3 months and older and we’ll gladly organize sports activities and cultural indoor (fun hands-on activities, reading, singing, movies…) and outdoor activities (sledding and different snow games, tobogganing, going on walks in the garden…) for your children, for a half-day or full-day.
ESF (ECOLE DE SKI FRANCAISE)
Club Piou Piou (Caboche et Mont d’Arbois)
From 3 to 6 years old , for a half-day or full day, children can safely discover the joys of the snow and skiing, supervised by qualified instructors from ESF.
Packages are available from 2 to 5 hours in the morning or 6 hours in the afternoon.
Ski Kindergarten Les Petites Frimousses
Located at Mont d’Arbois, it welcomes children from 1 to 3 during the whole winter season and organize indoor and outdoor activities depending on weather conditions. Here, they can play, listen to music or hear stories, sleep, eat as well as learn to ski!
Private and Group Lessons
The Megève ESF instructors conduct private and small group lessons (10 person limit) for children 3 and older in numerous languages and also conduct full day training sessions :
– Children 5 to 12 can attend group ski lessons in the children’s playground and test for their Ourson and Etoile d’or.
– Freeriding and Freestyle skiing training courses are available for children 14 years. A Flèche d’argent level required.
– A training course for teens (13 years and up already having earned their Flèche de bronze level), all snow skiing on trails of all terrains, slalom, and timed runs.
– Snowboard training courses for all levels for children 10 and older.
– Competition training courses for a half day or full day are offered, Flèche de bronze and Chamois de bronze required.
– Introduction to biathlon during the French school holidays and at weekends.
– Introduction to cross country skiing everyday in La Livraz-Cote 2000.
Free Activities for children under 5
At the ski lift ticket counters you can get a free package deal for children under 5 years of age, just by showing any type of identification accompanied with a photo.
At the ice skating rink and swimming pool, entrance is also free with a photo ID or family record book.
This flagship station offers everything that you could ever dream of for your daily needs as well as numerous sports shops of name brands, from Patagonia to Dolce & Gabbana on your way to Quicksilver’s design shop.
You can also taste local products during your stay, especially the cooked meats and cheeses that you won’t forget to take back home with you.
So that you can relax over a drink or recharge your batteries over lunch, Megève offers a large variety of modern and traditional cuisine restaurants at affordable prices.
Le Saint Nicolas
It’s considered as one of the best restaurants in the region. Here, traditional cuisine is simple in a family setting. People come here to savor the inventive and traditional cuisine, tinted here and there with the local flavors.
L’Alpage du Pré Rosset
Situated at an elevation of 1800 meters, on the Rochebrune massif, L’Alpage du Pré Rosset plays with the menu of authenticity in the high mountains: wood floors, its façade covered with ancelles, old chests, credenzas, and dressers with Savoy pottery…
Taking advantage of exceptional sunshine, this chalet in the middle of alpine mountain pasture, equipped by a fairytale view of the Col de Véry amphitheatre, the Mont Charvin and the Aravis, with a beautiful view of the dramatic dimensions before you. Here the mountains imposes its silence, taking back its power and magnificence.
It’s a true excursion in this restaurant combined with the open air activities and art of cooking: in the stone chimney where the impressively large gorged pots simmers the territory’s original dishes, recipes of tempting aromas that suit the most experienced gourmet-lovers’ palates.
The flavors of this culinary is unequalled and can only be heightened by its simplicity.
Les Enfants Terribles
It entered into our collective memory 60 years ago with the new wave of directors, writers, and artists after the war.
It’s in this spirit of renewal that Megève, Mont-Blanc and Les Enfants Terribles were voted “the 21st arrondissement of Paris” by Jean Cocteau.
To breathe in the saga of this place in an atmosphere that’ll navigate you between modernity and nostalgia, the restaurant adds a refined décor from another time to the scene with the harmony of red, black and tobacco. With a 50’s style design, the colorful crystal designs come into play with the provincial pottery from the Jean Marais Ateliers. The original fresco and the Cocteau styled engravings illustrate the cultural heritage that the artist’s left behind. It’s a true love story, giving homage to those who contributed in making Megève a mythical and international destination.
With its open kitchen, Les Enfants Terribles revives tradition: all the flavors of a steakhouse, where you’ll find the peppered steak that you can’t miss out on, the restaurant’s spearhead, and the opulence of a sitting bench filled with shavings, at your request, and your sodium requests. The biggest gourmet-lovers will succumb to the legendary Baba au Rhum or the restaurant’s institutional profiteroles.
This new level of gourmet cooking in Megève is to be explored throughout the whole year.
“Le Vieux Megève” and the “Restaunome”
Here you can try a traditional dish that is prepared days in advance: the Farcement, a sweet and savoury combination with a base of dried and hand grated potatoes mixed with eggs, grapes and cubes of bacon. The combination is then dropped into a greased mold with thin slices of lard and dried prunes.
Here one must try the Fondue aux truffes that has been enjoyed by local inhabitants with a habit of reserving a large table for a beautiful fondue, and succumbing to a desire for truffles. Several weeks later of trying, an astonishingly delicious dish was born.
Mythical locations have already been giving Megève its fine reputation for a long time. In a 200 meter radius, night establishments compete for getting your attention and approval.
At the Purple Lounge Latino, pop rock, blues or country nights are held, depending on the program. The Club des 5 rues is a jazz institution.
Le Palo Alto is THE dance club of the region listed as the 10th best European night club that regularly invites the most famous DJ’s on the planet to come entertain your nights. It’s a unique club where the scheduled events will diminish your desire to go to any other club in France.
Whatever activities you’re into, just ask In-Luxe Chalets France. We arrange parasailing, tobogganing, hot-air ballooning, ice-skating, Torchlight descents, Husky Sledding, Horse Drawn Sleigh rides, Trail Basher Driving, Snow Mobile rides, Glacier walking or ice climbing, Heli-skiing, Helicopter tours, etc.