The rustic French town of Megève is in the Haute-Savoie department of the Rhone-Alpes, close to Mont Blanc and Chamonix. Megève developed in the 1910’s thanks to the Rothschild family who preferred it to the more famous Swiss resort of St Moritz. It still widely appeals to many wealthy individuals, the jet set and celebrities looking for a great place to ski.
Megève has retained a wonderful French atmosphere and is picture-postcard pretty. Horse drawn carriages stand in the square, ready to take visitors on a tour of the cobbled streets. The 13th century church, sumptuous luxury hotels and delightful wooden chalets rentals add character to the chic boutiques and elegant shops.
For those staying in Megève, the extensive “Domaine Evasion Montblanc” ski area encompasses Mont d’Arbois, L’Allpete, Rochebrune, Saint-Nicholas-de-Veroce, Cote 2000, Les Contamines-Montjoie, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Combloux and La Giettaz. These are considered some of the best ski areas in Europe, covering 219 slopes across 445km. It is served by 111 lifts. In addition there are 300km of marked trails, two snow parks and a half-pipe for snowboarding. What Megève lacks in altitude, being just over 1000 metres, it makes up for with 175 snow cannons and the protection of the surrounding Mont Blanc Massif.
Other activities in Megève include cross-country skiing, ice skating, polo on snow and golf on snow at Megève’s Mont d’Arbois plateau. In summer, this scenic area is popular for hiking, mountain biking and golf.