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Megève: a hidden gem

Posted on 06 October 2017

Megève: never heard of it? There’s more to the French Alps than the alpine opulence of Courchevel and Brits perennial favourite Val d’Isère. In fact this fine resort was the original Courcheval back in the 1920s. Built as France’s answer to swanky St Moritz in Switzerland, in a way it’s the original purpose-built French ski resort.

It might not be the country’s top resort 90 odd years later, but it has managed to retain a lot of the class that made it a favourite of the skiing elite back in the days of wooden skis. Its medieval heart with its high-end hotels, restaurants and shops is as picturesque as ever. Here you will find well-heeled French people strolling through the car-free cobbled streets.  It even has its own airport, or you can jump on a flight to Geneva which is only an hour or so away.

The resort has managed to remain a hidden gem that oozes old-fashioned charm, which is some achievement given the size of the town and the skiable area. Talking of skiing, this is the perfect place for anyone who wants to avoid over populated pistes and lift-queue melees. The area is suitable for all levels of skier or snowboarder, who will be able to enjoy stunning views of Mont Blanc once on the 445 kilometres of slopes. All of which is accessed by two cable cars, seven gondolas, 27 chair lifts and 39 draglifts.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained away from the main attraction as well.  Off-hill options include an open-air ice skating rink, tennis, climbing, swimming and bowling. While Megève is less boisterous than some other French resorts when it comes to a good old post-skiing knees-up, there are still plenty of good après options for anyone that wants a drink or two on the way back to their new alpine retreat.

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