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  Resort Information
Season Early December to Mid April
Nearest Airport Geneva
Ski Area 0ver 400km
Ski Lifts 90
Ski Runs 136
Longest Run 36km
Resort Height 1113m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 3 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Megève

In addition to the skiing in Megève itself, the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Pass Mont Blanc ski resorts of Argentiere,Chamonix,Le Tour,Les Contamine,Les Houches and the pretty village of St Gervais.

Megeve is a well kept secret; a traditional little Haute Savoyard village in the shadows of the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc. This pretty and chic village is paved with cobble stones and automobile circulation is banned, to the great pleasure of all that come to ski and shop in well known boutiques found in famous cities around the world.Few tour operators offer much of a programme here as the French want it for themselves!!When you are there you can see why.If you think Courchevel defines chic...think again.

There are wonderful restaurants with 4 stars to their credit as there are hotels of equal renown. In fact you can find all types of accommodation, hotels, apartments and chalets from inexpensive to what ever you could desire. The night life is lively but relaxed and includes a Casino and a Jazz Club. A huge sports complex and ice skating rink is perfect at the end of a long days skiing, or for those who do not ski.

The skiing is wonderful and challenging on a huge domain called the “Espace Mt.Blanc” and the “Evasion” lift pass is valid in all of the above. The domaine has a great majority of its runs cut in the trees which makes it the area to be in when there is a bad storm or “whiteout” conditions. In most ski areas above the “treeline” one would have to stop skiing for safety in bad weather conditions, but not in Megeve.The ski area boasts excellent snow cover due to a combination of the high altitude of the resort and the “micro climate” created by the proximity of Megeve to the Mont Blanc. The pistes, ski patrol, groomers (pisteurs) and lift attendants are among the best in the world.

Evasion Mont Blanc actually consists of three different subsections: the area around Mont dArbois, Massif du Rochebrune and the Massif du Jaillet. These three parts all have peaks of 2000 m or higher, so the valley is used to fantastic snow conditions, even if temperatures are nice and warm during the day.

Rochebrune
You reach Rochebrune ski area via a gondola from the pedestrianised central square or a cable car from the Rochebrune station, a 5 minute walk up the hill. This area has attractive runs through the trees and is linked to Mont d’Arbois by a cableway which takes you across the valley.
From Rochebrune you can continue upwards via several lifts and pistes to Cote 2000, home to some of the most difficult runs in the resort and excellent off piste.

Mont d’Arbois
This ski area is reached from the central square via the gondola and then the Rocharbois cable car across the valley. Alternatively, the ski bus from town will take you directly there. Many green and blue runs make it great for beginners and for intermediates to notch up the kilometres skiing over to the charming village of St. Nicholas. For more advanced skiing try the steeper terrain at the top of Mont Joly (2350m).

Le Jaillet
This is the least visited area but provides some fantastic off-piste runs, uncrowded slopes and beautiful views of the Mont Blanc range. A gondola from the edge of town takes you up to mainly red runs and then the six-seater Christomet chairlift gives access to the village of La Giettaz and beyond.

Megeve is great for all skiers but the intermediate skier will find it difficult to match the abundant amount of terrain available and all within sight of the stunning Mont Blanc and the French Alps at all times.One of Europes best and certainly competes with Austria for prettiness and surprisingly lively at night, though it can be a tad expensive!

 

 

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