|Megeve is best known as a ski resort and is one of the older ski resorts in this region of the French Alps. The small town began to grow in the early 1900s when the famous Rothschild family started to spend their winter holidays here. This of course led to Megeve getting national and international recognition as it was more and more in the spotlight. By the 1950s it had grown into one of the most popular and affluent ski resorts in Europe, and even still today it has a very high class feel about it.
Megeve in the Summer
Though it is best known as a ski resort Megeve is popular throughout the summer too because it is such a beautiful place. The central square is usually fairly packed with tourists through the summer and winter, and you have all the usual opportunities for hiking and such in the surrounding mountains. Megeve has also become a popular summer golfing destination as there’s some great golf courses here.
Megeve in the Winter
Megeve’s central square is a lovely place in the winter, offering what you’d expect to find in an old-world traditional ski resort. You can enjoy a ride on a horse drawn carriage around the village, and take in the older buildings that still stand in Megeve today. There are cobbled streets and a 13th century church among other sights. There is also has an outdoor ice rink in the centre of Megeve.
Of course most tourists come here for the great skiing, and there’s plenty of it in Megeve. The town’s alpine skiing region is known as Domaine Evasion Mont-Blanc and includes not only Megeve but several ski resorts too. This gives you access to about 445 kilometres of ski slopes (221 actual slopes), including some of the best in Europe. There are 111 ski lifts to get you onto those slopes and there’s a good mix of difficulty ratings so that beginners to experts will have lots of fun in Megeve.
If you prefer cross country skiing or want to give it a go, there are also 18 cross country trails covering a total distance of 95 kilometres.