Megève and St Gervais


Allegedly the most beautiful ski resort in the world, Megève (pop 3,575) - meaning Middle Water, is located near the Arve River. The ski resort village was established in the 1920s, by Baronne Noémie de Rothschild when she had become disenchanted with her old favourite- St Moritz (a Swiss resort). Megève quickly became a favourite amongst the rich and famous; attracting an affluent crowd in winter, till today. Its neighbour St-Gervais-les-bains sits at the foot of Mont Blanc.

Also a renowned skiing destination, St Gervais (pop 5,400) is home to numerous marked trails and ski slopes. 

The ‘postcard-perfect’ villages of Megève and St Gervais offer numerous activity options to visitors. Skiing is of course the king of all must-dos in winter, as these villages are surrounded by some of the best terrains in France. Megève is separated into Mont d’Arbois, Jaillet-Comblont and Rochebrune-Côte 2000- all suitable for intermediate skiers. The area comprises of over 44km of pistes with 108 lifts. Ski passes can be purchased from SAEM [+33 450213829]. Besides this, you can also opt to embark on an off-piste ski adventure or a heli-skiing and ice climbing expedition, with the ESF Megève ski school [176 rue de la Poste +33 450210097].

Summer throws in more activities such as hiking and mountain biking into the mix; as there are several marked trails along the mountains that lie between both villages.

These mountains also provide breathtaking views of the Alps. You can save yourself the trouble of a climb, if you hop on board the Tramway du Mont Blanc [Le Fayet +33 450532275 ad/ch €31.50/25.20] (France’s highest train), which will take you from St Gervais to Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest)- located 2,380m high, giving a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ of the place.

If you’re in Megève during the Christmas season, remember to check out the large, glistening Swarovski decorated Christmas tree that stands in the village centre. 


:   1. Tourism Office

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