You may have spotted my last blog post about getting prepared for a ski trip – well now I want to tell you all about my time in Megève over New Years.
We arrived in Megève just after Christmas and stayed for four nights. Megève is located in the south east of France, near the Swiss border, and is a very pretty, post-card perfect village. We were very lucky with the weather and had four days of beautiful sun with not a cloud in sight!
How to get there:
We flew with Swiss Air to Geneva. The flight time is only 1 hour 40 so if you get an early flight you could be on the slopes that afternoon.
It was quite hard to find a way to get from Geneva airport to Megève. There were some bus options but they cost about €50 and didn’t have great reviews so we opted for a taxi. The cheapest option we could find was Swiss-taxi and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Each way cost €142 which between three of four of you isn’t that bad, especially considering the cost of a bus! They picked us up directly from the airport and the transfer time was about an hour and a half.
Where did we stay:
Megève is a pretty expensive place and we were on a a budget so we opted for an airbnb. I have always wanted to stay in a wooden chalet in the snowy mountains, and this New Year my wish came true! We found this beautiful chalet just outside of Megève which was very reasonably priced.
There were three of us so we had two rooms and a private bathroom on the ground floor.
The owners live above and we went upstairs to join them each morning for breakfast, overlooking the mountains. Breakfast was a delicious spread of muesli, fruit, yoghurt and pastries.
The chalet is located about a 30 minute walk into Megève. This is fine to do during the day but I wouldn’t recommend at night as some of the paths are a bit difficult. It is also a very steep uphill on the way back!
Renting a car is probably the easiest option but we hadn’t done this so made use of the free ski buses to get into town! These run until 8pm every evening and the bus stop was 1km from the chalet. If we wanted to return after 8pm we took a taxi, which cost about 20 euros.
What is Megève like:
Megève is a really beautiful ski resort. The town is very well looked after and I just wanted to take photos all the time of all the cute little buildings! It is a pretty upmarket place so there are a lot of fancy shops and restaurants which were fun to have a look at.
There is a square in the centre of town which had the largest Christmas tree I had ever seen! On New Years eve the ski instructors led a torch lit procession through the centre. There was what I can only describe as a cauldron of mulled wine that we could help ourselves to as well!
There is more to Megève than skiing. There is an ice rink in the centre and also a sports centre for tennis/swimming and other winter activities.
Where to hire ski equipment:
I would recommend hiring ski equipment from somewhere close to your accommodation. We rented from Henry’s Sports which is located at the bottom of the Rochebrune ski slope. It cost €126 for four days hire of skis, boots, helmet and poles and €150 for snowboarding gear.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and we could leave things in lockers which was handy on the last day.
Tip Top Ski hire was actually a bit closer to our chalet and probably would have been more convenient on the first day when we didn’t have access to a lift pass. It is another option to look into if you are staying in the area.
We skied for 4 days and ski passes cost €170. We opted for the Evasion Mont Blanc pass which gave us access to the main runs in and around Megève including Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois and Jaillet among others. There are also other passes available that include skiing in Verbier, Switzerland.
What was the skiing like:
While we were really lucky with sunshine and blue skies, the milder weather meant that it was hard for the snow machines to be used and a lot of the runs became quite icy as a result. This made green and blue runs more like reds and blacks!
In terms of the runs we could do Megève was a perfect resort for our level of skiing and snowboarding. There are plenty of green and blue runs that are enough of a challenge for an intermediate skier, and reds and blacks for more advanced skiers. Lots of the green and blue runs start from the very top of the mountain, so it shouldn’t feel like you are missing out on the spectacular views even as a beginner.
Where we ate:
As I mentioned above, Megève is a pretty pricy place so we hunted out some cheaper places to eat that were more within our budget.
We had great pizzas at Spaggiare. It came to €21 for pizza and wine each and the service was very good. They don’t take bookings and the restaurant was very small so be prepared for a bit of a wait.
We also went to OK Burger. The burgers are in fact a lot better than just okay! They come with fondu cheese, bacon, chips and a salad and were great after a long day skiing! Again the restaurant is tiny but they take bookings.
There were a few crêpe places to try too which weren’t too pricey:
Finally, if you are after something quick and easy there is a shop called Du Sel au Sucre. The food is all take away but they do pizza for €10, pasta for €7 and wraps too. This was a good option for us before our flight home.
Megève is a lovely option for a skiing holiday, especially perfect for beginners with lots of nice, easy skiing. In hindsight it isn’t the best place to choose if you are on a budget, but it was fun seeing how the other half live for a few days.
Where is your favourite place to go skiing? I am already thinking about my next ski trip so would love to hear some recommendations