Ski Holidays in Megève
Megève is an ideal ski destination for winter holidaymakers looking for a relaxed, family atmosphere. It is a charming ski resort with a rich and well-documented history. Megève is also a popular family-friendly ski resort that offers excellent children's facilities and privileges; making it a top destination for a lot of families visiting with the little ones in tow.
Officially opened as a ski holiday resort in 1916, Megève has since grown to be one of the ski areas' preferred destinations for affluent clients and winter sports enthusiasts. Its founder, Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, believed France should have its own St Moritz and proceeded to slowly transformed the historical farming village into a luxury holiday attraction.
Megève also ranks among some of the most stylish ski resorts in the French Alps with smart-looking designer boutiques, posh, Michelin-starred restaurants and fashionable hotels lining its cobblestone streets. It also has an adoringly beautiful old village centre with a charismatic old town hall, old church and clock tower.
The village centre is fully pedestrian and traffic-free, making it perfect for walking around freely. Much like St Moritz in Switzerland, as envisioned by Baroness Rothschild, the atmosphere in Megève is relaxed with an air of sophistication. It is the perfect resort for those who want to avoid the loud party atmosphere and crowded slopes but still enjoy a somewhat vibrant village scene.
Megève is perfect for all levels of skiers and snowboarding enthusiasts. With up to 450 kilometres of pistes ( on the Evasion Mont Blanc ski pass) spread across 4 mountains, there is something for everyone here. The village and the slopes get slightly busier on weekends as an influx of skiers visit the resort from Geneva as it is only a 75-minute transfer away.
This also makes Megève a perfect short ski holiday weekend for skiers flying from other parts of Europe. Overall, Megève is an awesome ski resort to visit with family or as a romantic break getaway. Whilst slightly subdued in its overall atmosphere, there are a lot of entertainment and non-ski activities to get up to at the resort.
Megève has up to 223 kilometres of slopes ranging between 1,100 metres and 2350 metres in altitude. The area is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, but advanced skiers still get a sizable chunk of slopes to enjoy.
There is a large beginner's area at the resort and nursery slopes on the Mont d’Arbois massif. A couple of green runs can be found on Rochbrune and Le Jaillet massifs as well. Confident beginners will enjoy the wide cruisy blues on Le Jaillet and the steep blues cutting through the tree lines coming down Mont d’Arbois.
Advanced skiers can check out the red and black runs on Mont d’Arbois and Rochbrune but the toughest challenges lie on Mont Joly, one of the area's highest massifs at 2,525 metres.
For more thrilling challenges, head to nearby Combloux or take on the fantastic off-piste opportunities at Les Contamines Mont Joie, further west of the Évasion Mont Blanc ski area.
Intermediate-level skiers can take the gondola up to the summit of Rochbrune massif at 1,754 metres for access to the thrilling reds coming down the south face of the mountain.
Snowboarding is a big deal in Megève with 7 dedicated freestyle spaces, a well-equipped snowpark, a Border cross and a Big Airbag.
The snowparks and freestyle areas have levels for all ski abilities from early beginners to advanced professionals, ensuring no one is left out of the fun. The areas are very well equipped with Kick, rails, small tables, large boxes, Jib, wallride and more.
Freeriders will enjoy the several tree-lined pistes and wide-open cruisy blues on the Mont d’Arbois and Rochbrune massifs.
There are also steep blacks on Mont d’Arbois which provide great fun for freeriding enthusiasts as well as the fantastic powder areas around Mont Joux and Mont Joly.
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The après ski in Megève is a mix between low-key sophistication and buzzing late-night bars and pubs. Not too long ago, the resort's nightlife was very subdued and the night partying was limited. However, over the years, the evening scene has grown a bit livelier. The slope parties and DJ sets kick off the evening shenanigans which progressively flow down to the resort base as the evening wears on. Megève's night spots include cocktail bars, lovely restaurants, a night club and an old jazz lounge.
La Folie Douce
There's only one place to start your après ski evening in Megève with La Folie Douce located at the top of the Mont Joux. It's pretty much the same lively and enjoyable encounter every time regardless of what resort you’re in as La Folie Douce has truly earned its reputation as one of the leading hosts of slope parties across the Alps. The music, dancing and cabaret usually start at 2:30 pm and carry on until just before the last lifts close.
The Cocoon Club
The Cocoon Club is perfectly situated a few metres away from the Le Chamois lift, making it one of the first ports of call when you’re back at the resort base. One of Megèves longest serving establishments in recent years, the Cocoon Club has been running since the late 90s. A friendly bar with a classic throwback vibe, it's no wonder that it is considered one of the local and tourist favourite hangout spots. Open till 3 am on weekdays and 5 am on weekends, the club offers a mixture of live music and DJ sets. It is also one of Megeve's lively late-night bars where you can enjoy a drink and let your hair down on the small dance floor.
Undoubtedly one of Megève's most trendy nightclubs, Rendez-Vouz, is a vibrant nightclub that offers late-night partying until 5 am six nights a week. It is very popular with the younger crowds and features fantastic pop-culture genres such as electro, tech-house, hip-hop and reggaeton music. It has a swanky, cosmopolitan vibe with the decor to match featuring low-lit interiors, chesterfield booths classic night-club lighting. It also has an extensive drinks menu, priced slightly higher than other evening spots in Megeve. For the party animals looking for late-night partying, Rendez-Vous should be top of the list.
Le Tigrr is a popular bar franchise in France with branches of the establishment located across other popular holiday destinations such as St Tropex and Gordes. A welcome sight in Megève, Le Tigrr offers an additional option to the late-night marauders visiting the ski resort. A sophisticated bar located in the heart of the resort, this is the ideal chic destination for an evening of cocktails, champagne and sushi against the backdrop of funky DJ tunes and lively chatter from visitors. Le Tigrr stays open every day from 6:30 pm to 1:30 am.
Club de Jazz les Cinq Rues
A lovely jazz bar to enjoy a post-dinner drink, Les Cinq Rues is a popular and well-liked jazz bar. Its reputation precedes the village of Megève as it is reputed to be one of the oldest jazz clubs not only in the region but in France, opening as far back as the late 1940s. Club de Jazz les Cinq Rues is a classy jazz club that has played host to world-renowned musicians across the world. For visiting skiers and holidaymakers, it offers an alternative option, particularly for visitors looking to enjoy an evening of lovely tunes and an evening drink.
Often referred to as the St Moritz of the French Alps, it comes as no surprise that Megève’s ski resort facilities are considered world-class. Here is a sneak peek of available facilities.
There are several ski hire operators located in the village of Megève, however, if you are booking your holiday through us, you are much better off hiring your ski equipment from Erna Low and including it in your overall holiday package. You save a lot of time and hassle and you have your equipment ready and waiting for you upon arrival.
Ordering your ski pass online with Erna Low is by far the most convenient option. Save yourself the trouble of joining the queue at the lift machines by ordering your ski pass in line with us. Once ordered, your pass is sent to you days and even weeks in advance of your arrival at the resort.
Visitors are spoilt for choice as to where they can have a swim or spa session in Megève. The resort has a fantastic selection of 5-star hotels, most of which have indoor swimming pools and spa and wellness centres. Visit Le Palais, a fantastic sports centre in the village that also houses an aquatic centre with an indoor swimming pool. The sports centre also has a spa and offers masseuse services.
Shopping in Megève is a lovely experience even if you were not planning on buying anything. Walking through its charming streets, lined with elegant shops and boutiques is almost a calming exercise on its own. You can find just about everything here; high fashion, souvenir and gift shops, sports goods, art galleries, craft shops, bakeries, food and local produce shops, and many more.
Megève is a fantastic destination for families and children in particular. It is very big in children and the family spirit, it even created its own label “L'esprit Famille” in 2007.
There are several ski schools in Megève to choose from however, we would strongly recommend booking your children's ski lessons directly with us as part of your ski holiday package with Erna Low. Over the years we have established fantastic relationships with some of Megèves most reputed ski schools and as such can enrol your children directly as part of your holiday package.
There are several activities both on and off the slopes that offer fantastic entertainment for children. The family ski slopes and activity areas include themed slopes and children's play areas; perfect for children as young as three years old. Other forms of exciting activities the family can enjoy with the kids are dog and horse sleigh rides, ice skating and family toboggan rides. The aquatic centre also has a children's swimming pool and climbing wall.
There is a decent selection of childcare options in Megeve; the majority of which have multi-lingual childminders including English speakers ( please inquire before booking).
The majority of the skiing in Megève is centred around three ski areas ranging between 1,100 metres and up to 2,350 metres. The local ski area also has 233 kilometres in total. The ski terrain includes a mix of wide open and tree-lined runs ( mostly blue and red) and all the slopes are serviced by a very modern interconnected lift system consisting of gondolas, chairlifts and drags.