Megève is certainly the best known French resort along with Chamonix. 445 kilometres of skiing, but also gastronomic establishments, cultural and sporting events and shopping await you in the very eclectic resort of the Mont Blanc region.
Megeve, a luxury resort in Haute-Savoie
The town of Megève is world famous for its facilities: casino, spas, swimming pools, ice rinks, sled dogs, altiport, golf and horse-drawn carriages. It is nestled between three Alpine massifs: the Beaufortain massif, the Giffre massif and the Aravis chain. Designer boutiques and luxury hotels give the resort a special elegance.
Numerous events are organised throughout the year, such as the Snow Golf Cup, snow polo, renowned blues and jazz festivals and the Megève Equestrian Jumping.
The village centre is made up of medieval streets, with theSaint-Jean-Baptiste church, the Magdelain tower and the Tour du Prieuré. You can admire a magnificent sundial in the main square. There are many paths to discover the Calvary and its 14 oratory chapels, as well as the Roman milestone at the Col de Jaillet.
The ski area of Megève
The ski area of Megève is made up of 400 km of slopes and a snowpark. The 185 slopes are surrounded by forests, alpine farms and well exposed terraces on the different massifs. Access is from the Mont Blanc Unlimited area, or from the Évasion Mont Blanc area. The pistes are suitable for families and beginners. Experienced skiers will find themselves on the Cote 2000 massif.
Freestyle is practiced in a dedicated area, equipped with a giant air bag. You can try this discipline in the Wadzai Park of Rochebrune.
The cross-country ski trails are linked to La Giettaz, with three sites and 45 km of trails.
Top rated hotels
Between hotels and rental flats, there are many options for accommodation in Megeve during a ski holiday.
Opening hours: Sunday to Friday, summer opening hours: 2pm to 6pm, winter opening hours: 3pm to 7pm. Closed on Saturdays.Price: €3.50 for adults and €2.80 for children aged 7 to 14.Address: 88 rue Dr Charles Socquet, 74120 Megève.
The must-see events in Megève
The Jumping International of Megève
Every year, at the end of July, Megève organises an event that has become unmissable, the Jumping International. For 7 days, the village lives to the rhythm of the jumping competitions.
Every year, more than 500 horses and 350 riders are welcomed in the resort. Among them, big names in equestrianism, but also some celebrities, such as Guillaume Canet. The event brings together more than 25,000 visitors.
Access is free.
The International Jazz Festival
Another event not to be missed in the resort is the International Jazz Festival. More and more music lovers are attending the concerts, as international artists come to perform in the four corners of Megève. Among the musicians who have performed at the Festival are Thomas Dutronc, Marcus Miller and Ibrahim Maalouf. The next edition, as we know it, will take place in 2024.
Access and public transport
Depending on your means of transport, here is how to get to the Megève resort:
- Car: from the North, the A40 motorway to Sallanches, then 12 km of road. From the south, the A43 motorway to Albertville, then 32 km of road.
- Train: by TGV, get off at Sallanches station. The rest of the journey is by coach or taxi.
- Plane: two airports nearby, Génève-Cointrin or Lyon-Saint-Exupéry. Some holidaymakers will also land at the Megève aerodrome by helicopter.
The resort provides holidaymakers with good public transport:
- The visit of Megève by horse-drawn carriage is a unique experience to discover the narrow streets and the beautiful surrounding landscapes. Service available for groups or families, from 1 to 4 people, all year round from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm, 62 place du village. Prices vary according to the itinerary chosen: from a short tour of the village to walks facing Mont Blanc or panoramic walks (from 32 € to 120 €).
- The Montenbus shuttle serves the 10 communes of the Mont Blanc region on request.
- The Meg Bus shuttles link the ski lifts with the main sites of the resort with two lines in summer and four lines in winter.