October 18, 2022

A Guide to the Best Ski Slopes in Megève

A stylish and beautiful ski resort, Megève was founded by Noémie de Rothschild in 1920 …

By Corinne Van Houten

French Alps



Photo Source: Megève Tourism

A stylish and beautiful ski resort, Megève was founded by Noémie de Rothschild in 1920. She wanted to create a ski resort in France that would rival St. Moritz in Switzerland. Almost immediately Megève became a mecca for the beau monde. After WWII it was a popular spot for artists, writers and actors. The opening scene from the movie, Charade, shows Audrey Hepburn seated on the terrace of the Hotel Mont d’Arbois. Megève was so popular that Jean Cocteau referred to it as “the twenty-first arrondissement of Paris.” More than a hundred years later the Rothschild family still maintains a presence in the resort they established along with many other wealthy and influential families.

Photo Source: Megève Tourism

Unlike Chamonix, Megève is considered a “low” resort with several easy-on-beginners green and blue slopes. In fact, almost half of Megève’s slopes are green or blue. That’s not to say that advanced skiers can’t find plenty of opportunity to experience more advanced and challenging terrain. With over 400 km of slopes accommodating all levels of skiers, Megève is ideal for a range of skiers, from beginner to advanced.

There are three main ski areas, with two of them (Rochebrune and Mont d’Arbois) linked by cable car. The Chamois gondola can be taken from the center of town directly to the bottom of the Rochebrune ski area. From there you can continue to the top or take a cable car across the valley towards the Mont d’Arbois ski area. The third sector is Le Jaillet which is separate from the others and offers the perfect escape from the busier Rochebrune and Mont d’Arbois resorts.

Click here to download the map of Megève’s ski slopes and lifts.

Photo Source: Megève Tourism

If you’re planning a winter getaway, be sure to check out our portfolio of luxury holiday chalets in Megève. Upon booking, guests can request ski passes, private ski or snowboarding lessons and more through our A.M.A Selections concierge team.

For a well-earned break in between slopes, Megève offers a fantastic array of slopeside restaurants and bars for a delicious meal or drink on the terrace. If you’re looking for great food and stunning views, be sure to check out the Megève altitude restaurants.

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La Folie Douce and L’Ideal 1850 are both situated in the Mont d’Arbois area. For a festive atmosphere in the clouds you can’t beat La Folie Douce where the crowd is ready to party from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. For equally stunning views and delicious food head to L’Ideal 1850 which offers dramatic views of Mont Blanc and a champagne bar.

You’ll find L’Alpette and Super Megève on Rochebrune. Meat lovers should head to Super Megève where they can enjoy barbecue on a terrace overlooking the mountains. Located at the top of a chairlift, L’Alpette offers traditional French cuisine with amazing views.

Brasserie O’3 Garcons is a great option if you are in Le Jaillet. Located at the foot of the slopes, beer, wine and French cuisine make for a perfect après ski repas.

If you are looking for other activities during your holiday, discover these five amazing experiences that we recommend to our guests in the French Alps.

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