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Visitor reviews for Megeve Ski Resort
March 12, 2017
Ian from France
Megeve, although a relatively low altitude resort, boasts some truly excellent skiing for all standards going up to 2500 metres. Ski conditions have been excellent although a little bit slushy and tacky lower down in the afternoon. Overall, though, pretty damn good with the sun out everyday. Still not crazy busy at the weekend in early March; has made for a wonderful ski trip. The only down side are the crazy prices of drink in the town. Actually cheaper at some of the small bars on the slopes which is daft!
Overall: 4.3. Based on 24 votes and 33 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Megeve.
Public Transport: 4.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Megeve, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Megeve, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 5.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Megeve.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Megeve, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Megeve is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Megeve relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Megeve, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Megeve are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Megeve is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Megeve, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Megeve usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Megeve are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Megeve are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Megeve has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Megeve, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Megeve, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Megeve, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Megeve has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Megeve is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Megeve is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 04, 2015
Ceriusski from United Kingdom
Charming resort with mostly lower tree lined pistes. Because of the low altitude, snow cover can be unreliable. This year, numerous acknowledged requests for the lift opening dates produced no answers. Mainly, there wasn't any snow and the 'Tourisme' won't admit that. A few years ago, Megeve was voted the worst lift system in France; nothing much has changed. Neighbour, St. Gervais, has made several improvements with 3 x 6 seat chairlifts. Megeve's answer to progress is to charge for parking everywhere. This encourages you to shop in other towns only 10-20 mins away. The lift system is losing money each season so investment looks unlikely. At least there is a new mayor, so things can only improve.
July 01, 2013
Megeve Mike from France
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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January 19, 2012
karl jennings from United Kingdom
Just spent a week skiing in Megeve.
The variety of slopes and the condition of the snow was fantastic.
There were no long waits for the lifts and the sun shone everyday.
Our lessons were excellent and the staff at Simon Butler were second to none. Every single member of staff was fantastic. If I could I would still be there now.
Well done everyone.
By the way, the Christmas tree in Crystal was a sight to behold.
March 21, 2011
jarrod atkinson from United Kingdom
The skiing in Megeve is still very good on the north facing slopes in the mornings, as the temperatures have dropped since last week. You can expect a variety of snow types from ice to corn snow to artificial cannon snow to slush in a long decent, interesting and challenging. My advise, as a British ski instructor there, is to ski the mornings and do an alternative in the afternoon, as there are many non skiing activities available in Megeve.
February 24, 2011
mrs v christy from United Kingdom
This year we visited Megeve for the 3rd year running. I have not experienced rude lifties a 'bonjour and a smile' goes a long way. The only rude person we have come across was one of the ticket sellers at Saisies, another area within a 20minute drive. We stayed at Praz-sur-Arly this year which is just 4 kilometres outside Megeve and has its own large ski area, especially if you get the Espace Diamant pass. Our preference is Jailet: fab little mountain area, don't be put off if the front of the mountain looks a little bare, there is plenty to ski over the back. It is an expensive area, although I think France in general is pricey. There are picnic rooms where you can leave a packed lunch at the beginning of the day, (no one touches it) at Jailet and Rochebrune, that is a real money saver. We take a lunch with us and fed 5 adults lunch for as little as 8 euro's a day, you just have to visit the supermache, buy French sticks and fillings, job done!
We have stayed with Ski Royale the first year. The staff are great and even took my son out with them of an evening as he was on his own, he loved it. A good place for mixing. The following year we stayed in a private chalet run by Kate and Paul Gibson in Megeve. We had a ball, laughed a lot and certainly got looked after. Enjoyed both for different reasons. Stayed in a private apartment this time in Praz-sur-Arly, again a different type of holiday. Although we weren't staying with Kate and Paul this year we did have a good day out skiing together and a couple of fun evenings with them, they have become friends now. Would highly rate their chalet for a fun time and great hospitality.
Enjoy Megeve but don't tell to many people.......lets keep it a secret.
January 10, 2011
m w from France
I have skied all over Europe and north America and you cannot beat the French Alps. That is why it receives more tourists than anywhere in the world. That's why I teach hundreds of Yanks to ski every season who hate skiing in America, and there are some who should not come back with your racist attitude, the lift workers here are some of the best trained in the Alps and it is some guests who need education in manners, (if I went to the UK and just spoke French what kind of reception do you think I would get)
As for the skiing, Megeve, as with Courchevel, is one of the more expensive resorts in France and is on an average altitude for a ski resort but it is one of the biggest around and is excellent for all types of skiers, good restaurants and bars make it a favourite destination for many who return year after year,please come and experience it for yourselves and do try to learn the lingo as you will be respected for doing so, and if you're a typical British/Irish tourist go to Chamonix or Tignes or stay at home.
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November 10, 2010
Mark from United Kingdom
I've been going to Megeve for some years now, the skiing is fantastic when the snow is good. The resort is expensive and the locals can come across as a bit arrogant. However, if you try the local lingo then they do warm to you!
Luckily I've been away with skiroyale each time and they really look after you well... great atmosphere in their Hotel Les Cimes.
I would say, enjoy the skiing, don't plan on too many nights out in town unless you have deep pockets and you will fall in love with the "christmas feel" of the resort.
February 24, 2010
steve hall from France
Have lived as a Brit in France for 5 years and skied pretty much all of the main resorts. I think as an overall package Megeve delivers across the board 110%. I especially like the people who work the lift systems in all weathers and are courteous and obliging at all times. No you do not need to speak French but as in any foreign country it helps. I am, like the French, fed up with Brits who expect everyone in France to speak English. Quite frankly I would support the refusal into any nightclub a Brit who is so out of touch with French culture and yes it can be expensive but the benefit of this is that it keeps the 'riff raff' away.
February 09, 2010
Tom Craig from United Kingdom
I would agree with the other reviews - Megeve is a very French resort and you should speak French if you go here or you will not get very far. It is low and conditions can be tricky if the snow is not good. The lifts are quite slow as well. This is not the resort to go to if you like the ski-in ski-out type of holiday. There are loads of visitors there just to enjoy the town and also the mountain restaurants which can be reached without skiing. It is very expensive as well. On the plus side it is quite easy to get to and the skiing is mostly of the easy variety with great views. Apres-ski is quite quiet and I've heard that some Brits have issues getting into the nightclubs of which there are a couple. To summarise - if you are looking for a hassle free holiday with good value food, guaranteed snow and natives who will all be super friendly when you speak to them in a foreign language then do not go to Megeve. If on the other hand you are happy to splurge a bit on expenses, can at least attempt to order in French and like picturesque skiing then give it a try.