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Megève

Megève Ski Resort Guide

Megève, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length445km
Highest Lift2,350m
Resort Height1,100m
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Annecy
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Megève

A chic and traditional car-free village at the centre of a mountain town with modern and up-market facilities. The wider ski area pass includes Chamonix, with the local area lift-linked to St Gervais and Combloux.

Summary

The French ski resort of Megève is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,100m, with 445km of marked runs.

Megève is part of the Ski Pass Mont Blanc area with access to 952km of downhill skiing, with 507 marked pistes, served by a total of 248 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Megève itself (445km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Pass Mont Blanc ski resorts of Argentière, Chamonix, Combloux, Cordon, Le Tour, Les Contamines, Les Houches, Passy Plaine Joux and St Gervais Mont-Blanc.

With ski lifts as high as 2,350m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Megève?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm, expected on 5 December.

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Ski Area Stats

Megève Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
11
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
25
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
28
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
19
Downhill
Total Length
445km
Cross Country
Total Length
40km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
79

Ski Pass Mont Blanc Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
66
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
206
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
155
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
54
Downhill
Total Length
952km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
248

Altitudes

Megève Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,350m
Resort Altitude (Megève)1,100m
Lowest Piste1,050m
Max Vertical1,300m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Megève
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Megève Overview

Megève was one of the earliest ski resorts to be created - a French answer to St Moritz. Based on a thirteenth century village its pedestrianised centre still has cobbled streets. Today it is a unique place in many ways - differing from almost all other French ski centres in its history, ambience and altitude. It is almost the antithesis of the high altitude concrete rectangle resort for which France is infamous but, none-the-less, it gives skiers access to one of the world's largest lift-linked ski areas, and a lift pass that includes neighbouring Chamonix. Equally significant, the range of shopping, restaurants, facilities and organised activities available surpasses all other French destination resorts.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Voltigeurs'.

Skiing

Megève is a huge ski area with 320 km (198 miles) of trails spread across three areas. The largest links the resort over Mont d'Arbois to St Gervais. On the other side, the Rochebrune ski area is exclusive to Megève, whilst the third area, Jaillet, is shared with the villages of Combloux and La Giettaz. Mont d'Arbois and Rochebrune are connected at their bases by cable-car.

The three areas are together known as the Evasion Mont Blanc and form only a part of Ski Pass Mont Blanc which gives access to a dozen resorts in the Mont Blanc area, including Chamonix.

Megève's trails are largely cut through thickly forested slopes, the exception being the wide snowy slopes of Mont d'Arbois which reaches up above the tree line to the resort's highest slopes at 2350 metres. Most of the beginner areas are down close to the village and make the resort a wonderful place for first-timers when snow conditions are good. When the snow level is a little higher Jaillet is a good, quiet choice and Mont d'Arbois the most snow sure. This is also the area that holds the most attractions for intermediate skiers. Here the combination of the resort's largest ski area and steepest slopes are most appealing as is the picturesque terrain.

There are many red runs in the area, most notably down to Le Bettex above St Gervais.

Experts have more limited opportunities locally although of course the proximity of the world's tough skiing Mecca - Mont Blanc - means you're never far from the terrain you want in this category. There are several steep blacks and off-piste runs particularly on Mont Joly and Mont Joux. In addition, both ski schools and the Mountain Guides Office offer daily tours of Chamonix's famous Vallée Blanche as well as heli-guiding, off-piste and ski touring. The mountain guides also organise long distance ski treks on the traditional routes such as Chamonix to Zermatt.

The Rochebrune area is one of the most snow sure, and has long pistes, some among fir forests, and a challenging part at l'Alpette. The Caboche cable-car and the gentle modern chair-lift at la Petit Fontaine provide good access towards Cote 2000, the venue for World Cup races.

Cross country skiers are well catered for in the valley so long as snow cover is adequate, with up to 75km (48 miles) of varied terrain.

Heliskiing is also offered by the International Ski School and the Guides Office.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Megève doesn't seem to gel with the 'boarding image too well, but it is trying quite hard with two parks, one with a half pipe.

The two parks are located on Mont d'Arbois and on Rochebrune (new 'boardercross) and there is good free riding terrain accessed by a high proportion of chair and cabin lifts. The snowboarding park is situated on the Mont Joux area of Mont d-'Arbois.

Location and Map

Where is Megève?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Ski Pass Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Megève is Geneva, 57 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Chambery, Grenoble, Sion, Lyon Bron, Lyon St-Exupéry, Turin Caselle, Berne and Dole–Jura airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy and Geneva are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 79 ski lifts are able to uplift 52,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 650 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Megève open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December (Partial opening until Christmas week when fully open), and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Megève Piste Map
Megève

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Megève, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Megève Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Megève

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Megève Webcams

The Webcams in Megève are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Aprés Ski

Definitely in France's top three resorts for the discerning après skier, and no doubt rated number one by many, Megève offers a vast array of evening hostelries ranging from basic bars, through more sophisticated piano bars to no less than four night clubs - several of them open right through the night, so who cares about the skiing?

Although known for its up market and thus expensive restaurants and night clubs, Megève can be enjoyed to the full by the less well-heeled also. The Wake Up and the Bar St Paul are both among the less expensive/more lively options, whilst Harries Bar has a great choice of beers.

Apart from wining, dining and dancing Megève has a casino, three cinemas and an eight lane bowling alley with billiards and video games as well as the many facilities of its top class sports centre. There are 4 nightclubs in the resort (Les Caves de Megeve, Palo Alto, 5 Piues Jazz Club).

History and Development

Megève has a long history, and still has a medieval town centre.

Two hundred years ago it was comparatively large, with 2,400 inhabitants, mostly involved in agriculture. This population had dropped to 1750 at the start of the first World War.

Everything changed, however, when Baroness de Rothschild picked the village, to be developed into a 'French St Moritz'. Such was the influence of the Baroness that, following the construction of the resort's fourth hotel, the Hotel Palace Mont d'Arbois, and her persuading French railways to open a special line from Paris to neighbouring St Gervais, the royal families of Europe began arriving in the resort by the early 1920s.

The famous 'Ski Club de Paris', managed by Austrian instructors, opened in 1932 and at Rochebrune, where the area's skiing actually began, opened a cablecar in 1933. The resort was undisputed as 'most chic' in France during the '60s and '70s but lost ground in the '80s when the French super areas came into their own and Courchevel became the place to be (although lacking the history, character and ambience of Megève).

Today, with skiing no longer the be all and end all of winter holidays, Megève is back in vogue.

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