A criticism often made about Megeve in the era of high-altitude French ski centres is that the slopes 1,,m are low by modern standards, however locals claim this often works in their favour, as runs are open here when high-altitude lifts in the neighbouring Chamonix Valley are closed. Megeve is particularly popular with the Parisienne crowd, and the slopes are very quiet mid-week except in the main French holiday periods. It also does not fit the mass market tourism sector so you are unlikely to find big crowds of Brits either. Freeriders Because Megeve is not known as an off-piste resort one can usually find some good off-piste several days after a snowfall. There are many bowls and runs through the trees opening out into fields and glades but you need to ski with someone who knows the area.
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It has maintained its country Haute Savoie character despite the modernization of its surrounding areas. Those who are looking for some escapism love it.
In winter, when the snow begins to fall, the countryside becomes silent. During this time, the village gets ready to celebrate this magical time of year.
This is when ski enthusiasts prepare to explore the mountain peaks. The area has miles of ski runs. You have a view of Mont Blanc mountain range from each summit. There is a huge, wide open area with its amphitheater shape. It offers a unique view. The combination of pastures, pine forests and wide open spaces make for authentic skiing because this is an exceptional environment. People skied here long before the ski lifts were built. It opened the first skier cable car in France in But the village has kept its soul, its history and its authentic feel.
What makes it special: unspoiled mountain architecture, narrow streets, many gourmet restaurants, elegant boutiques.
Local producers set the tone for a village that has always sought excellence in its produce. The village features 85 restaurants. They offer lots of choices. They have a special talent for innovating with local produce. Excellence is a constant here.
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