Long before Courchevel became fashionable, skiing aficionados looking for an ultra-chic, cosmopolitan ski resort headed to the exclusive French resort of Megeve in the Haute-Savoie Mountains. Made famous by the Rothschild family who built the renowned Mont d'Arbois hotel, Megeve has had a celebrity following ever since the early 1900s.
But there’s more to Megeve than rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Serious skiers will revel in the downhill runs and cross-country skiing. Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois and Le Jaillet are the three main ski areas. Beginners won’t feel intimidated here since there are plenty of beginner slopes in each of the three areas, while intermediate and advanced skiers can head straight to the steep slopes of Mont d’Arbois.
Like most Alpine ski resorts with a quaint village center, Megeve’s is no exception. Centered around a medieval 13th-century church tower, the romantic village boasts exceptional restaurants, lively bars and high-end boutiques and hotels.
The winter months, December to February, can get chilly with temperatures between 25 and 45 F, whereas the summer months, June to August, experience warmer temperatures between 50 and 80 F. Megeve experiences a lot of rainfall year round, but mostly in the winter.
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The best time to visit Megeve is January to March. That is when the slopes are in prime skiing condition. February tends to be the busiest month, along with school vacations.
The summer months (June to August) tend to be low season for Megeve. The higher temperatures can mean sparse snow and some businesses close during this time.
Getting around France
The journey from Geneva International Airport to Megève is a 43 miles drive. There are scheduled bus services operating from the airport for your convenience. Once in Megeve, the town is pedestrian-only, so you will not need a car, as everything is walking distance away. But if you don’t want to trek to the mountains with all your gear, there are five ski-bus lines that will drop you off at more major lift stations.
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- Take ski lessons from one of the best schools in Europe, the French Ski School. Here students are taught the original French skiing method as well as acrobatic skiing.
- Those who don’t ski or want to take a break from skiing can follow the strenuous path up almost 10 miles to the Route de la Croix.
- In need of some serious pampering? Book a massage or body wrap at Les Fermes de Marie, one of the best spas in the world.
- Book a snowshoeing excursion or dog-sledding tour through the Bureau des Guides. The company also offers classes for kids on building igloos and learning about different types of fauna and snow.