Megeve is one of the most stylish resorts in the alps, with a very pretty ski area.

The Ski Area

Megeve has three ski areas of its own and although the maximum vertical drop is not much more than 1,000 metres, the wider region can boast an impressive 300km of pistes in total. For the most part it is promenading skiing below the tree-line and the slopes are littered with cosy chalet-style mountain restaurants.

In an average season for snow, the pistes will probably only be in peak winter condition for eight weeks or so, but this is not something that worries most of the visitors since they are not obsessive skiers. However it should be stressed that with the help of a high-mountain guide, skiers will be surprised to find how good and extensive the off-piste possibilities are.

The Resort

Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, Megeve is both pretty and chic, with a pedestrian zone around the fine medieval church. Smart boutiques, alluring bars and restaurants are abundant. There is also a huge choice of well-appointed hotels and most of the taxis are horse-drawn sleighs or carriages rather than diesel-puffing saloon cars.

Many of the winter visitors coming here have no intention of skiing – they just enjoy being in these pretty but relatively low altitude mountains and appreciate the luxurious hotels, the walking, the shopping, the eating and the drinking.

Megeve does good business in summer as well as winter and for this reason it has the reassuring ambience of a year-round small mountain town, as opposed to a seasonal resort.