Megeve – France
The resort of Megeve was developed in the 1950s by the Baroness de Rothchild and has since been a regular haunt for the rich and famous. It is a traditional resort which has not lost its charm and is nowadays renowned for its dining as much as its skiing. There are over 80 restaurants in resort, including some with Michelin stars, and the romantic medieval centre also plays host to many an upmarket wine bar. It came as no surprise when Megeve (Meh-jeve) became the newest member of the elite ‘Best of the Alps’ club.
With access to 400km of piste in the Espace Evasion the skiing doesn’t have to play second fiddle to the cuisine. Skiing ranges from 1100m at village level to 2350m on Mont Joly and the season lasts in to late April. Access from Geneva takes just over an hour. Megeve is also a great base if you have a car as you can easily visit any of 13 resorts in the Chamonix Valley.
- Stretch out those aching limbs in one of the pools or a sauna.
- For something more extreme, why not try paragliding.
- Enjoy a traditional Savoyarde lunch on the mountain at Le Chalet des Princesses.
- If you're lucky enough to time your holiday right, you can catch the snow polo in Megeve.
- Head down to the ice rink in the centre of town for a great laugh.
Posted by Will Roberts on 14th April 2010
At the end of March the warm temperatures and strong sun took away a huge amount of the snow, BUT, Then our usual end of season dump finally arrived. Four days of snow and cold temperatures made it feel like winter had started all over again skiing fresh powder everywhere, and thanks to Megeve’s terrain we only need one dump and every bit of off piste is opened up. Good times!
Posted by Will Roberts on 22nd March 2010
Spring is here and it’s a favourite time of mine for backcountry skiing. A few days ago we finished teaching an introductory course to backcountry skiing and ski touring which 4 participants, over 4 days, learnt the foundations of skills that will take them outside of the ski resorts and up into the peaks around them. The course took us to the top of the ‘Croisse Baulet’ in Combloux, and timed to perfection the descent was on lovely thawed soft spring snow before it had begun to melt.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1100 m|
|Highest lift||2353 m|
|Lowest lift||850 m|
|km of piste||325|
|Number of lifts||84|
|Lift pass price||€189 / 6 days|
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