Print Posted By Lost in France on 14 Oct 2007 in Travel to France - Skiing in France with Mike Beaudet

Ski Megeve In the Heart of The French Alps

Megeve in the French AlpsRecently many more inquiries have come to my attention for lesson and guiding requests and other information on skiing possibilities in the French Alps. Indeed more and more English speaking skiers have come and visited Megeve and the ski areas of close by Italian Alps, this past season.

To my happy surprise these are very pleasant and well informed experienced ski tourists who are amazed by the diversity of geographical and climatic change within a very narrow confine as in the distance between Geneva International Airport and the Megeve-Chamonix Mont Blanc triangle. It is often a choice of mine to have these clients also visit Courmayeur and Cervinia all in the Italian Alps, all in less than a 2 hour drive from Megeve. It will surely not be long before we hear English spoken all over our wonderful Alps and all less than 1 hour from Geneva International Airport! (GVA)

Megeve, is the "jewel" of French alpine ski resorts, it is well known by few and is a jealously guarded secret among those that frequent its ski slopes with Michelin Guide rated restaurants, high-end shopping stores, Casino and quaint narrow cobbled streets. The village is dominated by the traditional church belfry and a square all in a pedestrian friendly atmosphere. Horse drawn sleighs carry tourists all over during the peak periods adding a festive and memorable experience for young and old. Families with children are particularly well looked after in this family friendly ski town. There are still 40 active farms, far more in this traditional French Alpine village, than any other in France.

The ski area is laid out to almost always have the summit of Mt. Blanc in view when skiing Megeve ski runs. The runs are cut through the trees a very welcome change to most ski areas in the Alps that are above tree line, adding a touch of green to this Haute Savoyard village. Great skiing for all levels with a particularly pleasing predominance of upper intermediate skiing terrain. With 30 on piste restaurants to choose from, it becomes quite a task!

The Espace Mont Blanc domain is a whopping 445 Km and with over 111 lifts make Megeve and partner ski areas la Giettaz, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas de Veroce, Combloux, les Contamines Montjoie and Cordon in the top 6 longest ski able areas in France.
I often bring my clients on a beautiful day to see and ski what I think is the best vantage point to view the French Alps and the Mont Blanc.

Mont BlancThe most scenic views of Mont Blanc the highest mountain in Europe are visible from the top of the Epaule chairlift of the Megeve Ski Area. At the top of this chair lift you will want to turn immediately left to stay on the piste, a right turn will take you immediately off piste. You should be a good intermediate skier to do this run, in several places it is quite narrow and in whiteout conditions not advised at all. However on a brilliant sunny day you will want to look around you and capture a visual picture that even the best of cameras could ever capture yes indeed the whole of the French Alps in all their beauty right before your eyes! After taking it all in, its time to ski all the way down to Chatrix, the longest of runs in the domain.

But don't tell anyone how nice it is !

Travelling to Megeve

If you are flying in to ski the French Alps and Megeve you have the following possibilities. Chambery Airport, Geneva Airport and Grenoble Airport are all approximately one hour's drive away. This makes Megeve a highly accessible ski destination, area even for a long weekend or a week, from any airport in the UK, or from the East Coast of the US, just 6 hrs to Geneva much less time than to get to Rocky Mountain resorts, about the same from the West Coast.

If you leave the UK at 08:00 you are on the pistes of Megeve by 12:00 noon!

Be aware that the above can vary depending upon traffic and weather conditions.
Driving: From Geneva you will go to the A40 direction Mont Blanc/Chamonix and turn off at Sallanches and about 17 kilometers direction Albertville, to Megeve.

Driving: In the event of bad weather: If you drive from Grenoble and Chambery, direction A 41- E712, to Annecy/Geneva/ La Roche sur Foron and get on the A40 direction Mont Blanc/Chamonix and turn off at Sallanches and about 17 kilometers direction Albertville, to Megeve.

Good weather alternative: If you drive from Grenoble: A 41- E712 to the A 430 direction Albertville. Take the N212 at Albertville up the beautiful Gorges de Arly to Megeve. Please note however that this route can be closed due to rock and mud slides and traffic can be a problem!

Mike Mike also known as "Megeve Mike" is an independent ski instructor who has over 30 years experience of teaching and coaching skiing. Now based in France, Mike is the founder of Ski Pros Megeve situated at the foot of Mont Blanc in the Rhone Alpes.
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