Skiing for the 2008-09 winter could not offer a better venue than this is an lovely, quaint and historic ski resort where French ski champions have been "born", where there has been a huge investment in lifts and pistes but at the same time making the village a "chic" venue with some 200 shops and boutiques and a gastronomic delight!
Megeve's skiing area grows with every winter and skiers can enjoy the link between Christomat on the Jaillet side of the slopes to the 20km of super ski runs of la Giettaz (Savoy). A shuttle will run between Megeve and Praz sur Arly until the Espace Diamant is completed, linking all the ski runs in the Val d'Arly.
However, Megeve is more than just the resort. It is all about skiing and considerable investment has been made in providing the most modern of uphill transport to ensure skiers get quickly to the slopes. There are a range of pistes for everyone from 35 green runs for beginners; 56 blue runs for those who have found their skiing legs; 77 red runs for intermediate skiers; and 32 black runs for the expert enthusiasts. These are accessed by 112 lifts which include 3 cable cars, 10 gondolas and 36 chair lifts. The upper intermediate skier will be very satisfied with the choice of ski terrain.
For skiers looking for a bargain, Megeve offers "enticing weeks" through January and from mid to end of March. In fact Megeve has some of the least expensive lift passes in all of France!
The skiing area is vast and open with Mont Blanc as a backdrop to acres of alpine meadows and undisturbed pine forests. The Chamois Gondola departs from the centre of Megeve and this, together with the other lifts can transport more than 95,500 skiers an hour around the slopes. An impressive figure! There is a fantastic snow-making system installed serving the pistes so even in questionable snow years you can rest assured of adequate snow cover.
If the 600 hectares of Megeve slopes are not sufficient, skiers will find lifts connecting across to St. Gervais and Mount Joux as well as neighboring Combloux combining to provide 1,200 hectares. There is also a snowpark with halfpipe, moguls, a pyramid and tables. Since the 2001 season skiers have enjoyed a "hands-free" ski pass which contains a microchip thereby saving the skier from having to remove gloves, pull out an old fashioned pass from within the ski jacket and then repeat in reverse! Now you can even buy a watch that loads your pass on its micro chip!
Winter 1932-33 is a key date in the history of Megeve and the first ski school opened in 1932 and the first cable car opened in December 1933. In that year France's first Ski Grand Champion - Emile Allais - joined the French ski team and in 1934 came 4th in his first international competition in Megeve and in the same year won the famous Hahnenkamm Downhill race at Kitzbuhel, Austria. In 1936 at the Winter Olympic Games, he won bronze medal at Garmisch in southern Germany.
Megeve is certainly a family resort and a children's paradise with the Club Des Piou-Piou for kids from 3years to 5 years. There is so much more happening with story time for the four-year-olds every Wednesday morning. This is FREE and it will be difficult to finally depart at the end of the holiday as the children will simply want more! In addition to numerous excellent hotels and catered chalets, Megeve's gastronomy is difficult to equal and has become known as the "alpine capital of good food and wine". You can also spoil yourself with beauty and fitness programmes or visit the casino and cinema. Adults might like to enjoy a sightseeing flight over the Alps or even the quietness of hot-air ballooning flights last 3-4 hours.
Megeve is well known by few and is a jealously guarded secret among those that frequent its ski slopes; Michelin Guide rated restaurants, high-end shopping stores, Casino and quaint narrow cobbled streets. The village is dominated the traditional church belfry, by a square all in a pedestrian friendly atmosphere. Horse drawn sleighs carry tourists all over during the peak periods adding a festive and memorable experience for young and old. The ski area is laid out to almost always have the summit of Mt Blanc in view when skiing Megeve ski runs. The runs are cut through the trees a very welcome change to most ski areas in the Alps that are above tree line, adding a touch of green to this Haute Savoyard village! Great skiing for all levels with a particularly pleasing predominance of upper intermediate skiing terrain. The Espace Mont Blanc domain is a whopping 445 Km and with over 111 lifts make Megeve and partner ski areas (la Giettaz, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas de Veroce, Combloux, les Contamines Montjoie and Cordon) in the top 6 longest ski-able areas in France. I often bring my private ski lesson clients on a beautiful day to see and ski what I think is the best vantage point, at the top of the Epaule chairlift, to view the French Alps and the Mont Blanc:
For the 2008-09 winter season "Ski Pros Megeve" is an excellent organisation to contact an d have a range of offers available to the UK skier.
Early bird” trips as of November 1st, 2008 (3 and 4 day trips) in the Italian/Swiss Alps include pickup and return to Geneva International Airport.
“Late season” as of April 1st, 2009 to 1st of May, (3 and 4 day trips) in the Italian/Swiss Alps includes pickup and return to Geneva International Airport.
We can suggest hotels and equipment rental etc, at very reasonable rates.
The “classic heavy rush times”, Christmas, February and Easter School Break, (see below for official French Govt. School Calendar) require your attention as soon as possible to assure that your ski holiday ski lesson requirements are satisfied.
Should you, your family and or friends be returning to Megeve this season, I can suggest hotels/lodging for your reservations, Geneva Airport Transfer information, setting up your equipment and ski lessons so that all is ready for you when you arrive in Megeve, that way avoiding conflict, stress and wasted time during your ski vacation holiday.
Ski lessons with SkiProsMegeve can be reserved and confirmed in advance should you want to improve your skiing ability, free ski with someone that knows the area or nearby ski areas, and ski in security.
Should you need any help or advice, I invite you to contact me at your earliest convenience. It is always easier for me to call you and reserve/confirm all your ski lesson needs, answer your questions regarding information that you may require. By email at: mike@SkiProsMegeve.com By phone: I may be reached year round: 00 33 (0)6 81 61 06 15
A journey by car to Megeve will take around 9/10 hours from Calais via the French autoroute network. Alternatively, you can fly using either the airport at Chambery or Geneva. From Geneve it's just a quick 1 hour drive and you're on the pistes.
We have teamed up with PV Holidays, leading supplier of French Skiing accommodation to offer a Christmas offer of one night free with every booking.