Transfers to and from the deluxe alpine resort Megève are short, with a transfer from Geneva Airport taking just over an hour. Mountain Drop-offs offer a private transfer service between Geneva and Megève, as well as VIP transfers, all year round.
Megève is a very chic resort, much-loved by Parisiens, Princesses and film star types alike, so maybe this is the occasion to splash out on a VIP transfer in a luxury vehicle from the airport straight to the door of your accommodation, so you can arrive in Megève in serious style!
Car-free historic centre
Once you’re in resort, everything is just a gentle stroll away along the snowy pedestrianised streets, so you don’t need a car. All the ski areas are interconnected and accessible from Megève centre by lifts, pistes or the ‘navette’ buses (free in winter).
And you can always go for low-horse power with a horse-drawn carriage ride for that romantic fairytale return trip to your accommodation after a meal out!Guide section
High-society and skiing in Megève
Skiing in Megève really took off thanks to the wealthy Rothschild family, who wanted to create a ski resort to rival St Moritz in Switzerland. Once they had decided on Megève, they started building hotels in the Mont d’Arbois area and soon after the rich, famous and royals began to holiday in the new resort. It is still one of Megève’s most exclusive quarters even today, discreetly playing host to many multimillion-pound chalet hideaways.
Although skiing often plays second fiddle to just ‘soaking up the atmosphere’ and being seen, there are some pretty challenging black slopes (we love the Rosay black in Mont d’Arbois and the Marmotte over on Cote 2000), but in general it’s pleasant cruisey skiing.
Wonderful vistas from the slopes of Megève
What makes the whole Saint Gervais and Megève ski area utterly delightful is the plethora of panoramic vistas stretching to Mont Blanc and the well-groomed and wide pistes, with an abundance of tree-lined runs, which help keep snow conditions in Megeve good. There’s something really quite Christmassy about skiing through the pine trees on the crisp white snow!
Après-ski in Megève really does come into its own, with all of those swanky restaurants in often sublime settings, with prices to match. After dinner, the infamous Palo Alto night club always draws big crowds who want to dance the night away to world famous DJs like Bob Sinclar, David Guetta and Martin Solveig. You can also take a gamble in the casino, or you can head to the very distinguished ‘Les 5 Rues’ jazz club.
Gourmet Megève – with Michelin stars!
No talk of Megève would be complete without mentioning gastronomy. There are hundreds of very chic eateries in Megève, with perhaps the most celebrated being Emmanuel Renaut’s Flocon de Sel, which boasts three Michelin stars, closely followed by the Le 1920 with two and La Table de l’Alpaga and Le Prima restaurants with one star.
Boutique shopping and tea rooms
Megeve has its fair share of ski hire shops as you’d expect in a ski resort, but take a wander around the impossibly pretty village centre in Megève and you’ll see high fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs, Dolce&Gabbana, Prada, Gucci and Colmar in the windows of the very smart boutiques. There are also lots of delightful tea rooms and chocolateries where you can sip a cup of Early Grey and watch the world go by.
Culture, art, shopping & aerial sightseeing – Megève has it all
As soon as your Mountain Drop-offs transfer arrives in Megeve, you’ll instantly get that sense of luxury that the whole resort oozes. Whilst not always cheap, there are some great activities (besides the skiing) that are bound to see you falling in love with this cutesy alpine village just that little bit more. Here’s our pick of faves for you:content-activities.php
Best known as a winter playground for the rich and famous, Megeve also has a strong cycling heritage. Hosting both internationally renowned MTB events and being a regular feature on the Tour de France, Megeve has just as much to offer cyclists as jetsetters. Mountain bikers can make the most of the multitude of summer lifts to enjoy the many great singletrack trails whilst road bikers can explore the quiet backroads and climbs under the magnificent back drop of the Mont-Blanc massif.
Splash the cash on a pleasure flight in a light aircraft from the Altiport in Megève. The high-altitude airstrip is on the beautiful plateau just before the Cote 2000 parking. In winter the plane uses ‘skis’ to take off in the snowy conditions of Megeve’s airport’s runway at 2000m. There are three aerial sightseeing circuits to choose from, giving a bird’s eye view of Mont Blanc from 76€ per person. We’ve done this trip and it is a truly brilliant journey!
Do the ‘altitude apres-ski’ party thing at the famous Folie Douce, at the summit of the Mont Joux chairlift. Although technically in neighbouring St Gervais, this place is certainly a favourite with the skiers from Megève. Dance on the tables at 1958m until your ski boots can’t take any more and then very carefully ski back down as the lifts are closing. Surely THE place to be seen!
Make sure you have a look around the exquisite Allard department store. It’s in the heart of the cobbled village square near the church and it’s the epitome of elegance – and there’s even a doorman to open the door and welcome you. Owned by a long-established Megevan family, you won’t find anything like pac-a-macs and cheap ski hire here, this boutique has been selling posh things since 1935!
If you’re a culture vulture, a peek inside Megève’s Baroque-style church in the village centre is a must. It’s almost as sparkly and golden as the famous Christmas decorations that this resort is known for. You should also make time to visit the Megève and Haut Val d’Arly museums for an insight into the traditional Savoyard lifestyle before the rich and famous came to Megève to ski and party.
A great way to see Megève at any time of year is by rather sedate horse and carriage. You’ll find them gathered around the central square by the Baroque-style church. A little ride out is the perfect antidote for tired legs after a hard day’s skiing or hiking and ideal for getting a lift back home after you’ve over-indulged on an evening out.
In between cruising the pistes of Megève and dining out, there are lots of events in Megève to tempt you out, be it a winter music festival or a summer sporting event. There really is something going on for all tastes in and around Megève.
Every Tuesday during the main Feb school holidays you can sledge at Rochebrune between 17:45 and 18:45! It’s free access for all, just bring along your sledges and have some fun as the sun goes down. Oh and no need to drag your sledge back up, the Petit Rochebrune chairlift is open!
Entertainment, tombola, drinks stand etc. The dates for 2023 are the 7th, 14th. 21st and 28th February. pic @EthanHu Unsplash
The magic carpet at the Jardin de Neige at Mont Arbois opens from 17:30 to 18:30 for sledging fun in Megeve every Thursday evening during the main February school holidays. It’s free to access, just bring along your sledge.
There’ll be vin chaud, music and entertainment too. There’s even a tombola! Dates are the 9th, 16th, 23rd Feb and 2nd March. pic@MegeveTourism
Head up to Cote 2000 anytime during the week of the 5th to the 9th March and you’ll witness the best of the up-and-coming skiers from all over the world. The ski governing body (the FIS) is the organiser and competitors from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA and France are expected to be in attendance. Free to spectate. pic@megevetourism
It’s going to be full- adrenaline in Megeve from the 31st March to the 2nd April 2023 for the fifth edition of this fab mountain festival. A highlight has to be the moguls camp, led by Olympic Champion Perrine Lafont. Spend a couple of days on the slope with her and you’ll be riding those bumps like a pro!
There are also BASE jumping and speed riding demos, back country comps, Big Air and Slopestyle events, ski test, DJ nights and lots more. Basecamp is the Novotel hotel. If, like us, you’re not gnarly enough to participate, it’s free to watch! Pic@megevetourism
Any ski race is about going fast, right? Well, think again. For the first time, Megeve is hosting the French speed skiing championships. The aim of the game here is to go as fast as possible in a straight line for a kilometre (called the KL or ‘kilometre lancé in French). No fancy slalom turns or anything. Just point your skis down the hill, get in the schuss position and go.
Skiers can reach speeds of up to 160km/h. Which seems a little bit crazy to us, so it’s got be worth a look! It’s at Cote 2000 on Saturday 8th April 2023 and it’s free to watch. pic@ffs
Our last word on Megeve
There is no denying it, Megève has been and still is one of the classic playgrounds of the rich and famous since the 1920s. Even today this chicest of alpine resorts attracts those who love a little bit of skiing, along with lots of shopping, gourmet food eating and evening entertainment.
If this sounds like your ideal winter hols, book into one of the boutique hotels, get your Mountain Drop-offs transfer booked, get your ski hire sorted and get ready to live it up in Megève both on and off the slopes. Just don’t forget your credit card!