Megève Ski Resort Information
Megève has developed into a year-round, multi-activity resort of which skiing and boarding are only a part.
For those in need of a bit of pampering after a vigorous ski session, numerous spas and beauty salons are located in the village. The Spa Pure Altitude in the Mont Blanc hotel (tel: +33 450 212 002; www.hotelmontblanc.com) is a wellness mecca, specialising in innovative treatments and also housing an indoor pool and sauna.
For the more active, a sports centre offers curling, ice skating and swimming. While outdoors, sleigh rides, dog sledding and snowshoeing are all popular around the village. Activities that see visitors leave the ground altogether are also on offer, with paragliding, light plane flying lessons and hot air ballooning (tel: +33 450 555 060; www.alpes-montgolfiere.fr), all available for those with a head for heights.
The village has received the official French government Family Plus Mountain award for its services to families, including activities, childcare and medical facilities. There are activities for the whole family, including a number of sledging areas in the resort.
Children aged three to five can be cared for at the École du Ski Français’ (ESF) Caboche Club des Piou-Piou (tel: +33 450 589 765). This nursery is located next to the Caboche lift station, which has its own snow play garden and English-speaking instructors. There is a second club Piou-Piou in the Mont-D’arbois sector (tel: +33 450 216 586). The ESF (tel: +33 450 21 0 097; www.megeve-ski.com) also teaches children aged from three on its courses.
Megève, with its 200 plus shops, is an excellent choice for visitors in search of a little retail therapy.
It’s not just the volume of shops on offer that’s impressive, it's the quality of the mostly locally-owned retailers that is most striking. These include La Boutique aux Chocolats (tel: +33 450 210 164) with its large selection of delicious, homemade chocolates; and unique gift stores such as Le Folklore (tel: +33 450 212 919), which has a collection of jewellery for dogs. There are also prominent designer outlets such as Hermès (tel: +33 450 210 290); but for something a little less expensive, head to the weekly market with its array of knick-knacks and local products.
There are few resorts better suited to getting airborne without skis or boards than Megève, with several flying-based attractions on offer.
Mont Blanc Hélicoptères (tel: +33 450 927 821; www.mbh.fr) offers perhaps the most scenic of all options with a wide variety of tours, including lunch-inclusive or full weekend trips, that provide stunning views overlooking the Mont Blanc mastiff.