Megève and its history
The winter sports resort of Megève was created in the inter-war period by a branch of the Rothschild family.
The resort grew and in 1933 a cable car to Rochebrune was built. Three years later this allowed the resort to be connected to Mont d’Arbois.
The first ski competition was created in 1914 and many pictures reflect this period of discovery and development. Farmers invented the ski-lifts, almost everything would be tested. A woman journalist would energize and illuminate the village through her texts; she was to become a ‘grand dame’ of Megève with her influence. Mathilde Maige-Lefournier was a mountaineer from Chambery. In November 1913 she wrote an article for the magazine The Mountain entitled “Megève or the glorification of ski” which glorified the ski sites of Mont d’Arbois and Rochebrune. One day she remarked to a hotel owner in the village, “I think Megève was created for skiing and skiing was invented for Megève.”: a spotlight which influenced and made the village, already a mecca for winter sports.
The arrival of the Rothschild family in Mont d’ Arbois would accelerate the development of skiing in Megève. Village farmers invested in the Rochebrune sector, notably with the construction of the first cable car for use by skiers, the famous “red bucket” in 1933. In 1923 it was the birth of the Megève Sports Club which saw great champions emerge. Emile Allais, a native son of Megève, was a triple medallist at the World Ski Championships in Chamonix in 1937. The famous Aallard stretch ski-pant was invented in 1930. This dynamism made the resort famous and its rise was meteoric.
Two hours from Lyon lies the most authentic mountain village in the Alps. Skiing in Megève is 445 kms of slopes in an exceptional setting, but not only this: gastronomy, events, shopping and relaxing in the paradise of ‘après-ski’ nestled in the heart of the Mont Blanc Region.
Megève: A village in the heart of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area
Come and experience the unparalleled skiing in an area that combines slopes, forest, alpine farms and sunny terraces on several mountain ranges. Suitable for families who find Megève’s gentle slopes reassuring to have fun with the kids. Lovers of the great outdoors will prefer the Cote 2000 mountain range which enjoys good snow thanks to its exposure. Freestyle fans are not left out with a dedicated area that allows them to jump safely onto a giant air bag. You’ll soon understand that in Megève a ski paradise awaits you at just 180 kms from Lyon.
Megève is a typical village in Haute-Savoie that will leave its mark. With an exceptional history and heritage, the village has a soul which goes far beyond the images we have of this unique place. Ambassador of local cuisine revisited by Michelin-starred chefs, this is a destination that lives every season. Cultural and sporting events punctuate the local life and in Megève everyone can find an emotion that they will remember. It’s up to you to discover the legend behind Megève…
Megève is also:
– A casino, bars, clubs
– Ambassador of wellbeing spas and relaxation areas
– Swimming pools, skating rinks, curling
– Dog sled
– An airfield
Coming to Megève
– By car
• 70 km from Geneva.
• 180 km from Lyon.
• 272 km from Milan.
• 600 km from Paris .
• 760 km from Lille.
• 1000 km from London.
• Paris – Sallanches : A6 + A40 .
• Calais / Paris / Macon / Annecy / Sallanches : A26 + A1 + A6 + A40 .
• Lyon / Chambéry / Annecy / Sallanches : A43 + A41 + A40 .
• Lyon / Chambéry / Albertville : A43 + A430 .
• Geneva / Sallanches : A40 .
– By train
Tel: 36 35
• Sallanches Train Station
• 12 km from Megève.
• Direct TGV during the weekends in winter. Frequent bus service to transfer from Sallanches .
• SNCF Boutique
• Megève Bus Station.
Open daily (except Sundays during school holidays) from 9:10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6.10pm.
• Off season: open only on Fridays from 9:10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6.10pm.
– By taxi
With the company RSERVICES : www.rservices.fr
Tel: + 33 (6) 14 35 36 12
– By plane
– Geneva Airport
Tel: 0041 22 717 71 11
Fax: 00 41 22 788 00 82
International flights, 87 km from Megève.
– Chambery Airport
Tel: 33 (0) 4 79 54 49 54
International flights, 95 km from Megève.
– Annecy Airport
Tel: 33 (0) 4 50 27 30 06
France and Europe flights, 41 km from Megève.
To find your way around during your stay, here’s the map of Megève.
For your accommodation, download the brochure from the Tourist Office.
See you soon in Megève in our classrooms and in the summer for our summer camps for kids!