Megève Ski Resort
Megève is a charming French ski resort in the Haute Savoie. It blends elegance with tradition and authenticity, which is quite rare as many French ski resorts tend to forget to preserve their history in favour of new developments. The atmosphere is enhanced by a range of luxury chalets and hotels that fit perfectly with the surroundings.
These values are refreshing, but the village is still bustling while creating a pleasant atmosphere. Megève is linked to St Gervais Les Bains through a vast ski lift system and slopes.
Most of the area’s slopes are suitable for beginner skiers and snowboarders. It comprises mainly green, blue, and red runs that take you through picturesque forests, creating a pleasant experience.
There are a couple of nursery slopes close to the village that are easy to get to. But advanced skiers and snowboarders should head up to Mont Joux and Mont Joly for off-piste, while Mont d’Arbois offers challenging terrain. But you also get 1,450 meters of vertical drop, so make sure you do some squats before you arrive.
If you like to catch some air, you’ll love the resort’s two snowparks and halfpipe. But the boardercross course is excellent for getting some speed. For those who want to get some exercise, you can explore Megève’s 43km of cross-country ski tracks.
Megève is part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area and is split into three parts, covering 445km of pistes. Even though its highest point is at 2,525 meters, there’s rarely any problem with the snow coverage.
The Evasion Mont Blanc ski pass is well-priced when considering how far you can go on it compared to other resorts. But, if you want to extend your skiing further, you can opt for the Ski Pass Mont Blanc, which gives you access to eight more resorts, including Les Contamines, Chamonix, Courmayeur in Italy, and Verbier in Switzerland.
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Info & Stats
December 10, 2022 – April 16, 2023
Megeve is divided into three ski areas spread across 445 kilometres of slopes known as the Evasion Mont Blanc.
It has 79 lifts, with 19 green runs, 28 blue, 25 red and 11 black.
You can also buy ski passes that also allow you to ski in nearby Chamonix.
Linked ski area
Evasions Mont-Blanc: Megève (Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois, Jaillet and Cote 2000), Combloux, Cordon, La Giettaz, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Bettex, Saint Nicolas-de-Véroce, Les Contamines-Montjoie.
- 445 km of slopes
- 221 runs (43 greens, 64 blues, 80 reds, 34 blacks)
- 125 Lifts
Non-ski activities and experiences
Megeve has a casino, bowling alley, outdoor ice-skating rink, cinemas and a sports centre.
Other activities include horse riding, sledging and dog sledding.
Megeve has more than 40 restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Flocons de Sel, Le 1920 and Le Refuge.
For après check out The Wake Up, Bar-Tabac Saint Paul or 5 Rues.
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to Megève from:
- Sallanches train station (closest): 20min*
- Geneva airport: 1 hr*
Resort altitude: 1,110m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions.
Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Megève Ski Resort Video
Cobblestone streets, old traditional farming town with stunning views of the Mont-Blanc and one of the best gastronomic destination in the French Alps. Megève is a great ski destination for beginners and intermediate skiers. Watch this video to find out more…Watch Video Now
What makes Megeve ski resort unique?
Megeve with its cobble-stoned streets is a beautiful traditional old French farming village, bursting with life all year round. The stunning backdrop to the village is the majestic Mont Blanc and nearby peaks tower over the forests and alpine chalets surrounding the village.
Megeve’s ski area is exceptional for beginners to intermediate skiers alike, with the majority of runs being blue and red slopes. The Evasion Mont-Blanc lift pass offers over 445 kms of slopes. Upgrade to the Mont-Blanc Unlimited lift pass and its over 1,000. The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass allows you to ski in Megeve and the Chamonix Valley as well as in Italy (Courmayeur). These ski areas are not interconnected however.
Megeve, being positioned behind the tallest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc, is wind-protected and less prone to bad weather than on the other side in Chamonix. This makes Megeve much better suited, safe and comfortable for the little ones.
Megeve is also a heavenly ‘après-ski’ destination with its luxury spas, more than 200 shops and 80 restaurants, several with Michelin stars or serving gourmet local produce.
Who would love Megeve ski resort the most?
- Families travelling with young children looking for nice gentle slopes in a world class ski area.
- Those looking for a traditional luxury chalet experience in either a chalet hotel or private chalet.
- Families, couples or friends wanting to stay in the heart of a beautiful charming medieval town with cobble stone streets. For this, hotels rather than apartments have the most and best options if wanting to stay in the town centre.
- Food lovers wanting to sample some of the most delicious cuisine the Alps has to offer (more than 80 restaurants from the local traditional gourmet food to the high-end white table cloth Michelin starred restaurants).
What is there to do for non-skiers in Megeve?
A part from incredible skiing, you can entertain yourself with many other winter activities such as ski joering, horse sleigh rides through the medieval town, dog sledding, luge, paragliding, snow shoeing (why not walk up the gentle slopes and meet your friends and family for lunch at one of the many mountain restaurants), snow mobiling, helicopter tours, hot air ballooning, art galleries, museums..
You will also find in Megeve the largest sports complex in the Alps: Le Palais des Sports which features: an ice skating rink, an aquatic centre, spas, wellness, yoga, gymnastics, climbing facilities, restaurants, kids club, shopping ..
How do we get to Megeve?
Megeve is a 1hr drive by private transfer from Geneva airport.
Megeve is a 1hr drive by private transfer from Geneva airport.
It’s a 20min drive from Sallanches train station, the closest train station in France to Megeve.
Top Snow Travel can also arrange helicopter or scenic flight transfers from all airports or other ski resort altiports in the region.
How long does Megeve ski season last?
Next winter, Megeve Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 18th 2021 to April 01st 2022.
Which other ski resorts are part of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area?
Megeve is part of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area which spreads across 445 km of slopes and includes the ski resorts of: Megève, Combloux, La Giettaz, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Saint Nicolas-de-Véroce, Les Contamines-Montjoie.
When is the best time to go skiing in Megeve?
January 2nd to Feb 5th 2022 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 5th March until mid-April 2022 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 5th Feb to 5th Mar 2022 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!
Stay in a restored farmhouse, luxury ski-in/ski out chalet or historic hotel in the town centre.