Megève, originally a medieval town, became one of the first purpose built ski resorts in the French Alps. Close to the Swiss border, situated in the Rhone Alps region of France, it is one of the most popular luxury ski resorts in Europe.
Originally patronised by the French aristocracy, Megeve was re-invented as a ski resort by the Rothschilds in the early 20th century. They constructed the first French cable car for skiing, modernised, but still in operation today, it is the fastest way to reach the Rochebrune Ridge.
Megève still retains its Medieval charm, with pedestrian only cobble streets, beautifully restored buildings and charming churches. With many distractions for non-skiers, well marked walking paths, horse-drawn sleigh rides and excellent shopping, it is not surprising that it remains a well-loved destination.
The skiing is also special, in that it forms part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski domain, totalling 445kms of groomed pistes. Summer in Megève is also popular as there are plenty of leisure and sports activities to pursue.
Resort elevation: 1113m / 3,651ft
Resort max elevation: 2350m / 7,709ft
(Evasion Mont Blanc)
Kms piste: 445 / 276m
Snow cannons: 300
Number of slopes: 354
Megève is served by several airports, the closest is Annency serving domestic and European flights, it is 41ks / 21m from Megeve.
The closest International airport is Geneva, 87kms / 54m from Megeve.
Private taxi transfers are available from Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble, Annency, and Chambery.
Sallanches train station is 12ks / 7.5m from Megeve. It is a direct TGV route during winter, at the weekends. There is a bus transfer from the station to Megève.
From December to April there is a direct Eurostar ski train from St Pancreas international and Ashford International.
Eurostar beyond also runs a service from St Pancreas International and Ashford International to the French Alps, with a train change to TGV in Paris.
Megève / Sanchelle is easily reachable by motorway.
It is 600km / 373m from Paris on the A6 + A40
70km / 43.5m from Geneva on the A40.
180km / 112m from Lyon on the A43 + A430.
There are two coach companies serving Megève, Borini and SAT.