How to get there
The small, traditional Haute Savoyard village of Megève has the impressive Mont Blanc as its backdrop. The ski resort is located 70 kilometres away from Geneva and is easily accessible by a combination of plane and train or car. Budget airlines offer flights departing from a variety of UK airports direct to Geneva. From there, you can either hire a car to take you to the resort, or take the train and then a bus. However, if you book a package holiday, your company will usually arrange transfers to and from your hotel.
Many travellers prefer to take the train to Megève. Catch the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to the high-speed TGV train to Sallanches. On a weekend, this usually takes between 5 and 6 hours. Sallanches is just 13 kilometres away from Megève and there are frequent buses running between the town and the resort. On weekdays, though, the TGV terminates at Annecy, so you will need to take a much slower train for the remainder of the journey.
If you would like to drive, the resort is located 8 hours away from Calais. Bear in mind that driving in snowy conditions is hazardous. Make sure your car is equipped with both snow tyres and chains. Cars are also banned from the town centre of the resort.
Your final option is to take the coach from the UK to Megève. Eurolines coaches run to Geneva or Paris. From these destinations, you will need to catch a Swiss or French regional bus to take you the rest of the way.
Who does the resort cater for?
Skiers of all abilities will find something to keep them entertained in the resort but beginners and intermediate skiers will be the happiest. Green runs make up nearly half of the runs and there are numerous wide, open blue runs located towards the bottom of the slopes. Cross-country skiers will be happy with the numerous trails on offer and, for more adventurous skiers, there is great off-piste skiing available. Snowboarders will not be as impressed by Megève as they may be by resorts such as Les Arcs, but there are ample suitable slopes on offer.
For those who choose not to ski, there is a wide range of activities on offer: boredom is simply not an option in this resort. Visitors will be kept constantly entertained by ice-skating, sleigh-riding, paragliding, bowling, tennis, hot air balloon rides, curling, swimming, and mono-skiing. Furthermore, Megève is a departure point for flights in small planes over the majestic Mont Blanc. The resort itself is beautiful, with cobbled streets and medieval lanes. There is a market every week and there are some very impressive shops selling clothes, jewellery, and antiques.
The nightlife in the resort is relatively lively. There are over 20 bars, several clubs, and a popular casino. You can also find amazing food on offer in several of the resort’s finest restaurants. The cinema is always an option for the freezing cold nights.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The standard of accommodation on offer at Megève is very good. Most people choose to stay in chalets since this offers some degree of independence not found in hotels. Chalet St. Georges is a comfortable choice and is conveniently located next to the cable cars. If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, you will be spoilt for choice. Au Vieux Moulin Hotel and Spa is one of the oldest hotels in the resort. There is a lovely spa, a fitness centre, a tennis court, and great dining options. For real luxury, though, there is really only one choice: Le Chalet du Mont d’Arbois. The rooms here are furnished to the highest standard and the comfort is unsurpassed in the rest of the resort. Many guests staying at other hotels choose to visit this hotel in the evenings for a stiff drink or a snack in their popular bar.
There are 17 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 54 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), 40 blue runs (suitable for beginners), and 20 green runs (great for those learning to ski). Megève offers skiers a large domain called the ‘Espace Mt. Blanc’. The appropriate lift pass will allow access to many other areas such as Chamonix and Cordon. The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 52,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The main ski season starts in the middle of December and lasts until the middle of April.
- Downhill Pistes: 300 km
- Cross Country Trails: 70 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 79
- Maximum Vertical: 1300 m
- Highest Lift: 2350 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1100 m
- Lowest Piste: 1050 m