Megève is one of the world’s most exclusive winter ski resorts. It’s fame and reputation derives from its close proximity to Mont Blanc and its founding by the Rothschild family to be St Moritz of France. Since the 1920’s, the magical chocolate-box village has been a prime destination for the rich, famous and fashionable, who are captivated by the charm and ambience that this luxury ski resort in the French Alps has to offer. Located just over an hour from Geneva Airport, the gorgeous town of Megève features cobbled streets, a stunning church, multiple Michelin starred restaurants and miles of well-groomed pistes! Being one of the most stylish resorts in the Alps, luxury ski holidays in Megève never disappoint. Keep reading our Megève Resort Guide if you would like to find out why…
Megève is a perfect resort for families, offering diverse terrain to entertain all abilities. The Megève ski area suits both beginners and intermediates. Nonetheless, expert skiers also have an exciting choice, with a great variety of terrain to be found in Megève. Tree-lined slopes are both magical and perfect for low visibility days when it’s snowing. Alternatively, higher altitude runs offer stunning views to enjoy being in such close proximity to Mont Blanc – it’s truly unforgettable. Megève ski area itself is quite spread out, ideal for anyone wanting to avoid crowded pistes and long queues. Outside the usual school holiday madness, Megève is a brilliant resort for getting some serious mileage under the skis.
Le Chamois is a central lift in Megeve itself, providing access to the Rochebrune and Mont d’Arbois ski areas. Surrounding villages nearby, Combloux, Les Contamines, St Nicolas, St Gervais and La Giettaz, also have their own characterful ski areas, and can be easily reached by regular, free ski buses. When staying in a luxury catered chalet in Megève, a driver service is often provided for ski lift transportation. Take advantage of this to simplify the logistics of your stay and explore the whole ski area!
When skiing in Megève, you can have access to over 400km of slopes; enough for even the most dedicated skiers! The local Megève ski pass includes Jalliet, Combloux and La Giettaz, also known as Les Portes du Mont Blanc. Mont d’Arbois is the main local ski area in Megève, featuring a great number of runs dispersed across the mountain. Thanks to the wide green pistes here, this is where beginners will be most happy, whilst intermediates can enjoy their days cruising the long blues winding through alpine trees. For those seeking a little more adventure on their luxury ski holiday in Megève, you can purchase a ski pass which covers the entirety of Megève’s local skiing plus the neighbouring resorts of Les Contamines, St Gervais and Saint Nicolas de Véroce.
Another vital aspect of a luxury ski holiday – the local cuisine! Luxury ski holidays in Megève wouldn’t be complete without trying the local dishes; Megève has a fantastic range of restaurants, whether you’re looking for a gourmet lunch or a quick snack to refuel. With the magnificent scenery, what better way to enjoy some local delicacies than with a stunning view of Mont Blanc?
You can’t visit Megève without a trip to La Ferme de Mon Père. Holding a reputation as one of the best restaurants in France, this three Michelin star restaurant is for the gourmets. Authentic in every way, the restaurant emphasises their respect for carefully chosen local produce and definitive seasonal dishes. Another three Michelin star restaurant in Megève is Flocons de Sel, an alpine haven of delicious food; local ingredients feature prominently, including a good selection of fish and shellfish from Lake Geneva not far down the road.
For Savoyard specialities, such as fondue and raclette, head to L’Alpage in Megève centre for a classic alpine experience. Our team can also personally recommend dining at Le Hibou Blanc, in Megève’s main square, and Amore Hibou, which they visited when checking out a range of luxury ski chalets in resort!
Après Ski in Megève
Après ski in Megève is classy, varied and almost taken more seriously than the skiing itself. With numerous venues to enjoy on a week’s ski holiday to Megève, the real question is where to après! For a leisurely evening with friends, Rendez-vous, previously known as Palo Alto, is luxurious with booths and classy decor. There is also Le Tigrr, a chic bar that specialises in cocktails, champagne and sushi.
On the slopes at the top of Mont Joux in St Geravis, La Folie Douce, a well known spot to see and be seen whilst enjoying alfresco drinks and music throughout the afternoon.
Non-ski activities in Megève
As you would imagine in a resort whose design was inspired by St Moritz in Switzerland, Megève has a lovely, traditional Haute-Savoie village charm and is blessed with outstanding surrounding scenery. If you’re a non-skier, or taking a day off from skiing, there is an enjoyable variety of activities to explore. The town centre is a main attraction itself, and certainly somewhere to meander through during a ski holiday in Megève. The village is a perfect blend between cultural history, and chic designer luxury, sure to captivate you with its charm. Megève hosts a brilliant range of activities from ice skating, dog sledging, bowling, tennis, parachuting and hot air ballooning, to indulging in a spot of designer shopping for those who prefer a leisurely pace.
Luxury ski holidays in Megève are not complete without a luxury ski chalet to retire to after a full day on the mountain. With spas and games rooms, stunning views and traditional interiors, Megève arguably has some of the best luxury ski chalets in the French Alps. We have selected a handful below for a taste of what to expect…
Chalet Aspen is one of the largest and most luxurious properties we feature in our portfolio. Boasting 1200 sqm of space, there is everything you could wish for from a luxury ski chalet in Megève. In the heart of the Mont d’Arbois area, Chalet Aspen lies in a desirable position on the Rothschild’s former estate. Sleeping up to 14 people, this modern 4 floor chalet has 6 en-suite bedrooms. The chalet is offered on a catered basis with daily menus tailored to guests’ preferences.
This chalet knows how to entertain, and even has a dedicated entertainment lounge! Features include table football, a pool table, air hockey, wine cellar and a Steinway piano for the budding musicians among you. If you’d prefer a movie there is a dedicated cinema room with luxurious seating for up to 8 guests. For relaxation, you will find an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and Hammam with ice machine. The gym offers a further place to workout.
Situated in the “The Pearl of Mont Blanc” (better know as Combloux) and facing Mont Blanc, is Chalet My World, an incredible property which perfectly blends contemporary with traditional alpine style. Enjoying a lovely, quiet location, Chalet My World makes the perfect destination for luxury ski holidays in Megève. This beautiful chalet is the gold standard for a Megève luxury ski chalet, not only with it’s style but also the features and facilities. You can relax in the incredible wellness area, participate in some competitive fun playing foosball and pool, or simply enjoy a glass of Champagne with 180 degree views of Mont Blanc. Offered on a catered basis, Chalet My World can sleep up to 15 guests across 6 en-suite bedrooms (including 2 masters) and a children’s dormitory.
The impressive Chalet des Ecureuils is an elegant and modern alpine style property in the residential area of Rochebrune. The chalet’s location is just a few minutes walk from the nearest ski lift, ideal for those keen skiers looking to get the first lifts up the mountain, and be the last one back down! The large balcony at Chalet des Ecureuils has superb open views of Val d’Arly, perfectly for capturing a beautiful mountain sunset. Spanning 4 floors, the chalet hosts plenty of space to accommodate 12 guests. The spa area is worthy of the finest 5-star hotels, complete with a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. In addition, there is also an indoor swimming pool with mountain views. Chalet des Ecureuils is available to rent on a bed and breakfast basis.
Last on the list, but by no means least, Fermes a la Leonthine. Located in Praz-sur-Arly, in a private setting, this impressive chalet is a 10-minute chauffeured drive to the Megève ski area. This renovated farmhouse showcases original timbers, stylish interiors and modern facilities, to create an ultimate fusion for a luxurious stay. In a private and peaceful location, there are many spots to enjoy the stunning panoramic views as well as extensive grounds perfect for hours of sledging fun. It wouldn’t be a luxury chalet in Megève without wellness facilities, and Ferme a la Leonthine does not disappoint; the chalet features a swimming pool, sauna, Hammam and a large gym, for your post-ski relaxation. The chalet sleeps up to 14 guests, across 3 floors and 6 en-suite bedrooms, and is rented on a catered basis.
If you think that luxury ski holidays in Megève are what you are looking for this winter, please do get in touch for more advice and recommendations. The team at Ski In Luxury will be more than happy to help! Send us an email or give us a call on +44 1202 203650. We look forward to hearing from you soon!