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Megève has an enormous ski area – albeit broken into three major and eight minor sectors – encompassing 320km (200 miles), more than 200 pistes and over 100 lifts. The classic resort is at a lower altitude than many other major French alternatives, with its highest point at 1000m (3,281ft), but snow cover is rarely a problem.
The largest single area links the village to the old spa town of St Gervais, just over the Mont d'Arbois summit. On the other side of Megève, the Rochebrune sector is uniquely accessed from the town itself, while the third sector, Jaillet, is shared with two neighbouring villages: Combloux and La Giettaz.
The lifts connecting these areas are included on the affordable Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass, which costs less than most ski areas of comparable or smaller size. But for those who want the full experience, the Ski Pass Mont Blanc Area gives access to eight or so additional villages, such as Chamonix, Les Contamines, Verbier and Courmayeur. Skiers pay for this privilege however, as it is one of the most expensive in the Alps.
Whichever pass visitors choose, they’ll find Megève’s terrain offers numerous green, blue and red trails winding through scenic woodland. Beginners have convenient nursery slopes near the village, while the more advanced are likely to find the greatest challenges on Mont d'Arbois. In addition, there are plenty of off-piste routes on Mont Joly and Mont Joux, and there's even the chance to go heli-skiing over the border in Italy.
Boarders and freestyle skiers have two terrain parks, a boardercross and a halfpipe to enjoy, while cross-country skiers can explore 43km (27 miles) of groomed tracks through forests to sunny plateaus.