Megève

Megève is a small village at the foot of Mont Blanc: it boasts one of the largest ski areas in the Alps and is also a perfect destination for summer holidays.
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Megève is a small village of about 3,000 inhabitants, nestled at an altitude of over 1,000 metres in the Haute Savoie department, in the heart of Mont Blanc.

The village especially enchants lovers of mountains and outdoor activities, winning them over with its unforgettable landscapes, its 400 kilometres of ski area and its panoramic views of Mont Blanc.

It is the perfect place both for the classic winter skiing week in winter and for a summer holiday of walking and hiking at altitude.

Moreover, the small village warmly welcomes visitors: a charming town centre awaits them, characterised by a paved pedestrian zone, a cosy square, rustic streets, cosy chalets, renowned restaurants and luxury shops.

What to do in Megève in winter

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, the village of Megève is home to one of the world’s most coveted and fascinating ski resorts .

This privileged and luxurious tourist destination enchants mountain enthusiasts who come from all over Europe to enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds, from experts to beginners who book courses to learn winter sports.

The ski slopes

The Megève ski area, with its 400 km of pistes, is divided into 2 large zones.

The first is accessible from the town centre and comprises 4 areas: Caboche, Mont-d’Arbois, Cote 2000 and Saint-Gervais, which join together to offer several hundred kilometres of slopes. We recommend leaving your car in the free Princesse car park in the town centre: leave early in the morning to enjoy the immaculate slopes. A unique experience is to admire the views of Mont Blanc using the Mont-Joux chairlift.

The second area includes Combloux and Jaillet. These 2 areas, facing south, will offer you exceptional views of the Megève valley. A more family-oriented and less frequented environment, it offers numerous mountain restaurants with authentic charm and unspoilt slopes passing through enchanting wooded areas.

For those planning to stay several days, the purchase of a ski pass is recommended. To take advantage of a 30% reduction, we suggest that you buy your ski pass by the end of November and book your lessons well in advance, starting in October, in order to find availability and grab the best times.

Snowshoeing

An unmissable outdoor activity to do in Megève in winter is snowshoeing. You can take several family itineraries in the heart of the village or at altitude that will let you discover a different way of getting in touch with nature: the silence, the sound of snow under your feet, the off-the-beaten-track views, the thrill of seeing an unspoilt landscape.

From the Christomet crests, which can be reached by chairlift, to the paths of the Montjoie valley, populated by chamois and ibexes, from the Sciozier, which crosses meadows and typical farms offering a splendid view of Megève, Mont d’Arbois and Mont Blanc, to the slopes of Mont Joly, traversed by shy roe deer that leave their footprints in the snow, not forgetting the excursion to Mont du Villard.

There is also the possibility of night-time outings, following the indications of an expert guide.

Ski mountaineering

Solitary mountain lovers, with good preparation behind them, can devote themselves to ski mountaineering. Located in the Mont d’Arbois sector, the Rand’Arbois route allows you to learn the basic techniques and is suitable for beginners.

Experts, on the other hand, can try their hand at a more sporty ascent in the Rochebrune sector, the Rando Roche itinerary. On the Portes du Mont Blanc side, 12 ski mountaineering routes are available.

Cross-country skiing

A natural destination par excellence, Megève is also perfect for cross-country skiers, far from the crowds and the slopes beaten by avid skiers.

The valley offers almost 40 km of tracks, with various routes between fir trees and sunny plateaus: you are sure to find the itinerary suited to your level of preparation, whether you are just starting out in this sport or technical circuits suitable for the more experienced.

Snowboarding

After its appearance in the 1990s, snowboarding aroused a strong following, creating a fashion effect that today attracts mainly young and reckless tourists, a discipline so popular and widespread that it has become an Olympic speciality.

The Megève ski resort has dedicated no less than 7 snowpark and boardercross areas, where you can surf the snow in total safety.

Excursion with sled dogs

A unique experience to try in Megève is an excursion with sled dogs: facing the Mont Blanc massif, you can whizz through the wonderful snowy landscapes that seem to have come straight out of the pages of a storybook.

Experienced guides will take you to the edge of the mountains, exploring unspoilt wilderness. Two itineraries are normally proposed. The one to Mont du Villard, a solitary and silent corner of the valley, uncrowded, far from the ski lifts, offering peace and serenity in front of Mont Blanc.

Equally enchanting is the route to the Plateau du Mont d’Arbois, which offers a dreamlike setting, a magical and unforgettable place.

Family sledging

A number of family fun areas have been dedicated to Megève, where children can enjoy themselves in complete safety.

Spa and wellness

After an intense day on the slopes and in the snow, one of the best activities in Megève is to relax in one of the 10 spas in the area.

Between reading in front of the fireplace and contemplating the surrounding landscape, treat yourself to a relaxing moment in the water or with a soothing massage.

Hiking and excursions in Megève

Facing the immense beauty of Mont-Blanc, the village of Megève is also fabulous in summer, when the mountains become accessible to all and in particular to lovers of trekking and long walks. The valleys are covered in flowers, nature awakens and the paths are cleared of snow, giving way to deep green.

Here are some of the most beautiful hikes.

Le Chemin du Calvaire

This trail is not too steep and is suitable for everyone, including children and families: with 1 km, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the upper Arly valley and Mont Blanc

Along the trail you will find restaurants and refuges where you can taste local specialities.

Walk to Lake Javen

The trail to Lake Javen is about 4 km, for 1½ hours (A/R), of walking to this enchanting body of water, surrounded by fir trees and mountains, with a wonderful panorama.

Here you will find various activities for children such as trampolining, archery and trout fishing. The lake is also easily accessible by using a shuttle bus from Megève or by car.

The Belvedere of La Croix des Salles

With a fabulous panorama of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aravis mountains and the Varens Needles, the Belvédère de La Croix de Salles hike is a must in Megève. No great athletic training is needed to complete this loop: the route is fast and the scenery breathtaking.

The trail starts at the Beauregard alpine pasture, the site of the filming of the Milka advertisement, with its famous marmot putting chocolate in a foil.

Continuing on, you reach La Croix des Salles with a panoramic view of the highest massifs of Mont Blanc. In summer, you will find several chalets and restaurants along the trail such as the Alpages du Cœur d’Or, the P’tite Ravine, the Petit Cuchet or the Chalet d’Emilie to enjoy a pleasant local lunch.

The Haut Combloux panoramic walk

This 5-km-long path (about 2 hours’ walk) is an ideal panoramic route to admire an exceptional view of Mont Blanc. Short and accessible to young and old alike, this is an absolute must-do hike during your summer stay in Megève.

In addition to magical views, this bucolic walk will take you through magnificent villages such as the hamlet of Ormaret. You will appreciate the farms still in activity, the village chapel and all its traditional architecture.

Alpette Loop

This 7 km loop is a pleasant family hike that starts near Megève. It takes you along the path to Rochebrune, before reaching the Col de l’Alpette.

On the trail you can admire Mont Joly and the Aiguille de Croche, then the climb will take you to the summit, at an altitude of 1,871 metres, where a sublime view of the Beaufortain mountains awaits you. At the top you will find a restaurant in the middle of nature with a 360° panoramic view.

Doable all year round, this loop is perfect for summer hiking and winter snowshoeing.

Megève in summer

There is more than just hiking in Megève: the valleys, rivers and peaks of the area, cleared from the ship, allow you to experience and try out an incredible variety of purely summer activities, suitable for all ages and all levels of preparation.

Paragliding

Megève and its valley offer excellent open spaces for practising this outdoor activity. Whether you are an experienced sailor or would like to try the experience of tandem flying, we advise you to book through a sports centre and rely on experienced and trained instructors who will choose the most suitable day for you.

Rafting

The Arve is a river that flows below the town of Megève: one of its stretches allows the practice of kayaking and rafting, using rafts designed to accommodate up to ten people. Equipped with a helmet and paddles, under the supervision of a guide, you choose the stretch best suited to your training, from the slowest to the most turbulent.

This refreshing outdoor activity to do in Megève will delight young and old alike during the summer season.

Mountaineering

Megève is located close to the Mont Blanc massif and the rocky peaks of Fiz and Aravis, loved and dreamt of by climbing enthusiasts.

Mountaineering is a practice that mixes climbing and hiking and it is possible to choose the level of difficulty desired, through your alpine guide. The presence of an experienced figure is essential to guarantee your safety and attention.

Via ferrata

More technically accessible than climbing, and less demanding than mountaineering, the via ferrata is an excellent way to experience and practise the high mountains.

There are several in Megève, from the Fayet thermal park via ferrata to the Curalla via ferrata in Passy, with very aerial passages and impressive obstacles, recommended only for those who do not suffer from vertigo.

Horse riding

Horse-riding on hiking trails is a super-fun activity that allows you to ride through magnificent mountain scenery.

Mont Joly in particular lends itself perfectly to this equestrian riding excursion: the marked trails are numerous and you will benefit from relative tranquillity as they are, even in summer, relatively uncrowded.

Mountain biking

In the mountains, mountain biking very often equates to downhill biking, an adrenalin-fuelled practice for experts only.

Those who practice this sport can use the ski lifts to quickly reach the top, then descend down rocky slopes at full speed and finally start again. We recommend the Mont d’Arbois cable car, one of the best places in Haute Savoie to practice this sport.

How to get to Megève

By plane

If you prefer to reach Megève by plane, you can land at one of the four airports surrounding the ski resort.

Geneva International Airport is the closest, which is only 90 km away, the airport with the most international routes.

Or you can check Chambéry Airport located 95 km from Megève, Grenoble Airport 160 km away and Lyon Airport 172 km away.

Where to stay in Megève

Megève is the ideal tourist destination for a holiday dedicated to outdoor activities and mental relaxation.

There are all kinds of hotels, many with spas and wellness centres, B&Bs, chalets, holiday homes and mountain huts, so you can choose from a variety of different types of accommodation to suit your needs.

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Megève Weather

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Where is located Megève

Megève is a small village nestled in the French Alps, in the Haute-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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