Megève is the grande dame of the Alps and viewed by many as one of Europe’s most charming ski resorts. Founded by the Rothschild family in the early 20th Century to rival St. Moritz, Megève’s traditional alpine appearance disguises a ritzy-glitz heart which retains a loyal clientele who return year after year. Village life centres around the medieval church, with excellent shopping for designer clothes, jewellery and antiques in the narrow streets. For evening dining, the choice is among the best in the Alps: for Michelin stars head to Le Ferme de Mon Père or Les Flocons de Sel. Before or after dinner head to the Club de Jazz "Les Cinq Rues", the Ronnie Scott’s of the Alps, with live music from late afternoon.
With excellent road links to Geneva, Megève is a short commute from the Swiss business centre and an international airport. It also has an altiport.
The resort is part of the Espace Diamant ski area where the skiing is a mix of tree-lined trails and sunny open slopes set before the dramatic backdrop of Mont Blanc. The few off-piste skiers revel in the often untracked powder snow. Mountain lunches are an art form in Megève – try L’Alpette in the Rochebrune sector, the Auberge du Christomet in Jaillet or the Ideal by Mont Arbois.
Megève is bucolic alpine charm in summer and also the host to several summer events, including International Show-Jumping and various music festivals.
Attractive low chalets, the vision of alpine architect Henry-Jacques Le Meme, characterise Megève and are now typical to this part of the Haute Savoie. Megève is often the style leader in French alpine design and wood and stone is widely used in property development on both sides of the long, gentle valley. Chalets on both sides benefit from extensive views and lateral space. The high property prices reflect Megève’s status as one of France’s most exclusive and expensive winter destinations. Chalet properties towards Mont Arbois attract the highest premiums for their proximity to the ski pistes and panoramic views - and will soon benefit from closeness to Megève's new 4 Seasons hotel.
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