The Rothschild epic tale
It all began in the aftermath of the First World War with Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, a mountain enthusiast, who frequented the Swiss resort of St. Moritz where she experiences the European aristocracy. In St. Moritz, she met the Germans, and in particular Baron Krupp, a great gunner for the German army. Patriote, Baroness de Rothschild decides to establish a ski resort in France that will allow the aristocracy to enjoy the mountain without having to rub shoulders with the hereditary enemy, the Germans.
She finally chooses Megeve, seduced by the exceptional view that offers the plateau of Mont d'Arbois. Together with her husband, Maurice de Rothschild, she built the Mont d'Arbois called the "Palace des Neiges" in 1921, a flamboyant building planted on hundreds of hectares and equipped with an ice rink... They are quickly met with success, the King of the Belgians Albert the First anjoyed a stay in Megeve and was soon followed by the French aristocracy. We then used to skate up the slope with the aid of small snow tracks.
The Palace des Neiges is not the only building built by the Rothschilds, other hotels dot the Mont d'Arbois, in 1926 another major construction is added to the complex, it is a modern chalet, modeled on traditional chalets but more imposing in size and offering its guests a maximum of comfort and a vision of the landscape allowed by numerous openings and generous dimensions. Equipped with a ski-room, the chalet perfectly prefigures the integrated constructions that are still made in most French resorts. The architect Henry Jacques Le Même and the Baroness de Rothschild were particularly visionary! Even today, the Chalet du Mont d'Arbois welcomes its guests and combines spa, swimming pool, antiques, old paintings and high-end cuisine to deploy an art de vivre worthy of the Baroness...
The successive generations of the Rothschild family will remain faithful to Megeve, imbuing their brand with the development of what would become a resort of international reputation.