|No.1 – Third largest ski area in France
Megève sits at the heart of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area, stretching over 445 km, 220 ski slopes, 107 ski lifts, 5 snow parks and 5 nursery areas for beginners. The combined area stretches from Les Contamines to as far as La Gettiaz. There are runs for all levels of ability from chic greens to the world cup certified black runs of la Cote 2000. Also be sure not to miss the 360-degree Mont-Blanc view from la Tête de Torraz. And, if you feel the need to slow down and relax, you can transfer between stations in a horse-drawn carriage.No. 2 – Close to Geneva
Megève is close. When you are relaxing in the quiet seclusion of Megève, you will find it hard to believe that it is less than an hour from the centre of Geneva.No. 3 – Beauty fit for a Baroness
Megève was developed as a luxury ski resort in the 1920s by Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, who wanted to create a French version of St Moritz, Switzerland. After searching the French Alps for a suitable location, she came upon the picturesque farming village of Megève where she bought a pension and turned it into a stunning hotel. Soon after, others followed and the ski resort of Megève was born. The resort became so popular with chic Parisians in the fifties, that it was known as Paris’s 21st arrondissement. While it has expanded much since the 1950s, the heart of the village has changed little and retains its historic charm. Megève has also starred on the silver screen. It was the ski resort at the beginning the 1963 film Charade starring Audrey Hepburn, as well as the scene of a world cup race in the 1969 film Downhill Racer starring Robert Redford.No. 4 – Great high altitude dining
When it comes to dining, Megève has it all. It boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants including the three-starred Flocon de Sel. For those looking for something less high end, there is plenty of relaxed Savoyard dining to choose from. On the mountain there are no fewer than 40 quality restaurants to keep you going on the snow.No. 5 – Surprisingly affordable
While it is true that Megève is a luxury resort, it is not as expensive as many think. A full day adult ski pass costs only Euro 43.50, considerably cheaper than most equivalent resorts in Switzerland, especially considering the current exchange rate. Mègeve also offers the lowest priced skiing in France when measured per kilometre of piste.Accommodation doesn’t need to break the bank either. There is a wide selection to suit all budgets. The Megève tourist office will be happy to guide you. The resort also offers great package deals that include dining, accommodation and skiing.If you are interested in finding out more, the best place to start is the Megève tourist office. Click here for their website or call +33 (0)4 50 21 27 28.
Bon ski, bon appétit et bon voyage!