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Megeve Ski Resort Guide

Megeve Ski Resort Guide

Megeve, France - early morning, empty piste! photo

Megeve

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Sea of Fog, Megeve photo

Megeve

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Megeve

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Issued: 1 Sep

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Today’s Weather (1732 m)

AM
partially cloudy
15 NNE15
6 °C F-Level
3100m
PM
clear
15 N15
9 °C F-Level
3450m
night
clear
10 NE10
8 °C F-Level
3900m

Megeve (Megève) is situated about 10 km off the main road from Geneva to Chamonix and is one of the most chic villages that one could hope to come across. Megeve is part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. As well as the full range of facilities associated with a village that is bustling with visitors all year, there are many other facilities e.g. a large sports complex, outdoor pool, horse drawn taxis, many quality restaurants and some excellent designer shops in an atmospheric pedestrian area. There are three main ski areas; Mont D'arbois, Rochebrune and Le Jaillet, which offer 445 km of pistes and are served by 111 lifts. With the resort being relatively low, much of the skiing at Megeve (Megève) is on beautiful tree-lined slopes with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Not to be missed is the view of Mont Blanc from the excellent value restaurant at the top of the Bachais chairlift, in Le Jaillet area. It is a great advantage to have a car to reach the ski access points as the buses can be very busy during peak periods but be aware that snow chains are required in winter. The village of Megeve (Megève) retains a very French feel unlike some of the resorts which have succumbed to the invasion of the Brits, this can be seen as a plus or a minus depending on one's viewpoint.

Resorts close to Megeve include: Praz Sur Arly (5 km), Combloux (6 km), La Giettaz (8 km), Flumet (9 km), Saint Gervais (10 km),

Megeve ski chalets, resort hotel accomodation and ski lodging Megeve Chalets, Ski Hotels & Lodging


Megeve Location Maps

Megeve Location Map

All Megeve Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 62
  • Beginner: 30%
  • Intermediate: 45%
  • Advanced: 25%
  • Cross-country: 70 km
  • Snowmaking: 45%
  • Acres of ski: 1975
  • Terrain Parks: 2
  • Halfpipes: 1

Social

  • Restaurants: 84
  • Bars: 20
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 1237 m

Lifts

  • Draglifts: 42
  • Chairlifts: 28
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 9
  • Toplift: m

Travel

NEW! Announcements & News from the Megeve ski resort manager

  • Season opens: 21 Dec 2013
  • Season closes: 21 Apr 2014

2013/14 skiing in Megeve.

Full area opening from 21st December 2013.

Closing dates:
31st March 2014 Jaillet.
7th April 2014 Mont D'Arbois, Rochbrune & Princesse.
21st April 2014 Cote 2000.

Information supplied 18 Sep 2013




Visitor Reviews of Megeve


Megeve Mike from France writes:

Megeve is well known by few and is a jealously guarded secret among those that frequent its ski slopes; Michelin Guide rated hotels and restaurants, high-end shopping stores, Casino and quaint narrow cobbled streets. The village is dominated by the traditional church belfry, and a square, all in a pedestrian friendly atmosphere. Horse drawn sleighs carry tourists all over during the peak periods adding a festive and memorable experience for young and old. A truly civilized ski area, of real old world charm, with a history that goes back for more than 1000 years. The village still has over 40 working farms from where the milk is used to produce the local cheeses that are known all over the world.
The ski area is laid out in such a way that the summit of Mont Blanc is almost always in view when skiing Megeve ski runs. The runs are cut through the trees; a very welcome change to most ski areas in the Alps that are above the "tree line", adding a touch of green to this Haute-Savoyard village! Great skiing for all levels with a particularly pleasing predominance of upper intermediate skiing terrain.
The "Espace Mont Blanc" domain is a whopping 445 Km and with over 111 lifts make Megeve and partner ski areas (la Giettaz, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas de Veroce, Combloux, les Contamines Montjoie and Cordon) in the top 6 longest skiable areas in France. I often bring clients on a beautiful day to see and ski what I think is the best vantage point to view the French Alps and the Mont Blanc:
The most scenic views of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western-Europe, are visible from the top of the "Epaule" chairlift of the Mont Arbois side of the Megeve Ski Area. From the top of this chair lift you will want to turn immediately left to stay on the piste, a right turn will take you immediately "off piste"! You should be a good intermediate skier to do this run, in several places it is quite narrow and in whiteout conditions not advised at all. However, on a brilliant sunny day you will want to look around you and make a visual picture that even the best of cameras could never capture….the whole of the French Alps in all their beauty right before your eyes! After taking it all in, it is time to ski all the way down to Chatrix, the longest of runs in the domain.
….But don't tell anyone how nice it is!
If you are flying in to ski the French Alps and Megeve you have the following possibilities. Chambery Airport, Geneva Airport and Grenoble Airport are all a little over one hour’s drive away. This makes Megeve a highly accessible ski destination even for a long weekend, from any airport in the UK. Leave the UK at 08:00 and you’re on the pistes by 12:00 noon. Be aware that the above can vary depending upon traffic and weather conditions.
Driving: From Geneva you will go to the A40 direction Mont Blanc/Chamonix and turn off at Sallanches and about 17 kilometers direction Albertville, to Megeve.
Driving: In the event of bad weather: If you drive from Grenoble and Chambery, direction A 41- E712, to Annecy/Geneva/La Roche sur Foron and get on the A40 direction Mont Blanc/Chamonix and turn off at Sallanches and about 17 kilometers direction Albertville, to Megeve.
Good weather alternative: If you drive from Grenoble: A 41- E712 to the A 430 direction Albertville. Take the N212 at Albertville up the beautiful "Gorges de Arly" to Megeve. Please note however that this route can be closed due to rock and mud slides and traffic can be a problem!

Posted by Mike Beaudet, a Colorado native, a University of Denver graduate and now lives in France with his wife and twin boys Tom and Lucas.

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City Forecasts
Closest to Megeve

city forecasts
Annecy, France 38 km
Annemasse, France 47 km
Geneva, Switzerland 53 km
Lancy, Switzerland 53 km
Aix-les-Bains, France 56 km

Surf Breaks
Closest to Megeve

surf forecast
Acque-Calde (Savona), Italy 228 km
Varazze, Italy 228 km
Cogoleto, Italy 229 km
Voltri, Italy 231 km
Finale Ligure, Italy 233 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Megeve

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Megeve

mountain forecasts
Mont d'Arbois, France 5 km
Mont de Vores, France 6 km
Mont Joly, France 8 km
Aiguille Croche, France 8 km
Grande Balmaz, France 9 km