Megève

The princess of the Alps...
A guarded jewel with timeless charm!

The guide to Megeve ski resort

The guide to the resort of Megève

Among the most prestigious ski resorts, Megeve is the perfect incarnation of the French art of living. An authentic charm, chic, a discrete atmosphere filled with elegance and an alpine environment of medium altitude give it its reputation as "Little Switzerland of the Alps".

The timeless charm of Megeve is due to an essential factor: this charming village, at the confluence of Mont Blanc, Beaufortain and Aravis, existed before the advent of skiing.

But the soul of Megeve lies in its magnificent village center whose pedestrian streets revolve around the mythical Place de l'Église.

Postcard vision at nightfall: the large fir tree decorated by Swarovski, the illuminated façade of the Allard shop, the carriages and their horses as well as the light games on the church make the famous Place de l'Église an enchanting setting that has attracted lovers of Megeve for decades.

Centre of Megeve and its legendary Christmas Tree

Situated in a pass at an altitude of 1000m, the lively Megeve is also a crossroads between Chamonix, the Mont Blanc region, and Val d'Arly, which serves Albertville, Grenoble, Lyon...

A great advantage: Megeve is only an hour from Geneva International Airport.

Megève Neighborhoods

Megeve is nestled in the hollow formed by the meeting of the impressive chain of Aravis and the Beaufortain massif. The different districts and the Megeve ski area such as the Mont d'Arbois, Rochebrune, Jaillet and Princesse are therefore dependent on this heterogeneous topography, flaring and very complementary.

Megeve's centre

The center of Megeve, mainly pedestrian, allows its residents a direct access to the slopes thanks to the cable car Le Chamois. A great advantage since the cable car takes you from the center to the departure of Rocharbois. Contraction of the names Rochebrune and Mont d'Arbois, this gondola connects the aforementioned areas.

Rochebrune

The chalets and apartments of Rochebrune offer a prime location close to the center and mostly within walking distance. Rather residential, Rochebrune offers fine establishments such as Stefano, Le Délicium and a little further, the meeting point of night owls, La Sauvageonne.

The slopes or the departure of the ski lifts (Les Grands Champs or the emblematic Super Megeve cable car) are never far from the chalets. The area of Rochebrune, oriented North and East, generally offers the best snowfall of Megeve.

It forms a mountainous cirlce that stops at the impressive and breathtaking Aiguilles Croches and offers a wide variety of trails: ballade between the pines at the Petite Fontaine, boulevard on the Super M, technical descent at the 2000 coast, etc.

The Alpette, the restaurant of Lake Javen, and the Auberge de la Côte 2000 are among the many altitude restaurants that will delight skiers and walkers: views, serenity, gastronomy...

Mont d'Arbois

Linked by Rocharbois, the massif of Mont d'Arbois is the largest domain of Megeve. It is also the most popular area for accommodation.

This peaceful residential area is located only 5 minutes from the center, accessible by foot through the charming footpath of the Calvaire. Mont d'Arbois forms a balcony that stretches for several kilometers overlooking the village.

Here, the most luxurious chalets, some prestigious hotels such as the Six Senses delivered in 2017-18 or the Domaine du Mont d'Arbois, and fine dining restaurants are spread along the Mont d'Arbois ski area.

Starting from the base, at the Mont d'Arbois parking lot, you begin your ascension with the Mont d'Arbois gondola to reach your first view point, Mont d'Arbois at 1 840m. You then continue with the Mont Joux chair lifts to access Mont Joux at 1 958m. From there, continue your climb with either the Epaule chair lift to reach a beautiful view point onto the valley and the Mont Blanc or head for Mont Joly at 2 353m for yet another stunning viewpoint. Enjoy both the skiing and the scenery so unique to Megeve's ski area.

From the high view points of the ski area, between the Mounts and the glaciers, there are the valleys of of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroceis.

The Grande Épaule trail, which swings behind Mont Joux, joins Saint Nicolas de Véroce (accessible with the Domaine Évasion Mont Blanc ski pass), offering breathtaking views of the glaciers and a mastered technical skill.

The ski slope La Princesse runs from Mont d'Arbois and descends towards the La Princesse district where many more off-center chalets face the Pointe Percée and the Croix de Fer.

Mont Blanc's Peak above Chalet Ararat in Megève

Jaillet

The Jaillet area and its ski area offer the best views of the Mont Blanc. The chalets located at the foot of the massif offer a quick access to the center, which is at a walking distance. The heights of the Jaillet and the Riglard district offer stunning views on the granitic peaks of Mont Blanc.

Megeve is connected to the resorts of Giettaz and Combloux. Very sunny, the Jaillet caters to skiers who like to see beautiful landscapes, sunbathing and ski-terrace. However, the connection with La Giettaz offers its share of technical tracks.

It should also be noted that the Compagnie du Mont Blanc has already invested heavily in infrastructure and is planning to continue its efforts to acquire the Megeve ski area.

Megeve is a village of mid-altitude moutain, with a tradition that is both rural due to its history and heritage, and chic thanks to the influence from the Rothschild family. Megève is sublime in its preserved architecture (many farmhouses "frozen" in time or renovated, rustic or luxurious chalets ...), its landmark location facing the Mont Blanc and its historic village center.


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