Megève Ski Resort

Megève is a high-end resort located right at the heart of a vast ski area and is overlooked by the towering Mont Blanc Massif.

Megève developed as a tourist resort in the 1920s and has gone from strength to strength ever since, whilst still retaining its traditional core and high end feel. A lot of accommodation is provided by smart hotels, but don’t let this put you off as there are also options to suit most budgets.

The skiing is split into three main sectors, all of which are easily accessible from the edges of town – with a decent bus service linking the respective base stations. The slopes at Le Jaillet are generally quieter, especially if you head all the way across to La Giettaz, Mont d’Arbois is the main hub and has the link to the slopes above St Gervais, whilst Rochebrune has another pleasant pod of tree-lined slopes. If you’re an adventurous skier or boarder, purchase the Evasion Mont Blanc ski pass to also ski at Les Contamines or the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass to get you access to nearby Chamonix and Courmayeur over in Italy.

Our Megève Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Pros

Access to a vast and varied ski area

Lively resort, with a lot of great restaurants, hotels and bars

Quick access to Chamonix for day trips to ski steeper terrain

Cons

Snow can suffer due to the low altitude

Prices can unfortunately be rather high

Its easy access mean it can be busy at weekends

Megève Skiing and Snowboarding

The resort is home to some great beginner facilities, located just above the village at the foot of the Mont d’Arbois gondola. Long greens and gentle blues are then available across the ski area, but the top to bottom green at Rochebrune in particular is very good. Much of the rest of the ski area is ideal for intermediate skiers, with a network of blues and reds linking up to ensure you can cover some serious ground each ski day. For the quietest slopes head towards La Giettaz or down to La Combloux. Note that getting around can be hampered somewhat by a creaking lift system – recent investment has helped but more fast chairs and gondolas are needed.

More advanced skiers and snowboarders may find the challenges limited here and you’ll be waiting for fresh snowfall to head off piste and into the trees. If the snow clouds haven’t delivered then head to Mont Joly above St Gervais or to the Cote 2000 sector for some steeper groomed pistes. Tougher terrain is available at nearby Les Contamines or of course in Chamonix – just make sure you purchase the right lift pass upgrades.

  • Total Pistes: 263km (438km in Evasion Mont Blanc)
  • Green: 20%
  • Blue: 30%
  • Red: 36%
  • Black: 14%
  • Lifts: 80 (119 in Evasion Mont Blanc)
  • Altitude: 850m (Megève is at 1113m) – 2353m

Megève Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Megève Resort

Despite its large size, Megève retains a charming, old core and most of the hotels and chalets have been developed in a tasteful, wooden style. The main street is home to lots of smart shops, some excellent restaurants and bars – many of which do become lively at weekends as people make the most of the short transfer from Geneva.

Up on the hill, there are some fantastic mountain restaurants, although you will need to book in advance during busy weeks at the most popular locations. Away from the skiing there is a lot to do, with some excellent shopping in town, tobogganing on the hill and winter walking through the valley.

How to get to Megève

Getting here is very quick and easy, making this an ideal resort to visit for a long weekend. It is just over an hour from Geneva by car, or around two hours by bus, direct to the town. Chambéry is another option, with the drive taking around an hour and a half.

  • Geneva airport: 1.5 hour (driving) or 2 hours (by train)
  • Chambéry airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (546 miles)

Megève Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Off The Slopes
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • No Queues
  • Terrain Parks

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