Southeast of Geneva and northeast of Albertville, the Megeve ski domaine has 164 pistes totaling 325km that are served by 84 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,525m (5,000 feet). The Megeve ski domaine consists of three separate mountains with two that are interconnected by a lift. The interconnected regions include Rochebrune/Cote with 41 runs, Mt D Arbois/St Gervais with 69 runs and Jaillet/Combloux/La Giettaz with 54 runs.
Overall, the ski domaine is known by snowboarders for its easy intermediate pistes, but you may be able to find some challenge off the Mont Joly and Mont Joux summits. For a warm-up run, try heading down the steep Cote 2000. For some powder, try the zone between the Lanchettes chairlift and the Radaz chairlift. If park shredding is your bag, then you'll want to check out one of the four terrain parks.
After a morning of ripping it up, head over to Auberge du Christomet for lunch.
If you up for a 40km ski safari, which can be challenging on a board, there is a ski safari route starting in Megeve to St Nicholas to La Giettaz and back to Megeve. Start at the Mont d'Arbois gondola and make your way up to the Epaule Mont Joli. Ride down the red Grande Epaule and then Marmottes passing the rustic Refuge de Porcheray restaurant on the way down to St Nicholas. Head up the St Nicholas chairlift on your way up to the Mont Joux summit. Then follow the itineraire route de Calvaire on the way all the way down to Megeve. Use the horse drawn caleche ski lift to cross to the third ski area in Megeve, Jailet. Use the gondola to the Christomet chair. Ride down the Bonjournal and look for the must-stop Bonjournal Restaurant. Then, use the Le Treffleannaise lift to the village of La Giettaz. From there, head up to Le Torraz summit. Descend the freeride Le Torraz bowl. Finish with the long ride down the face of Jaillet into Megeve village.
The town of Megeve is known for its charming medival town centre. It's not known for apres ski action or nightlife. But if you are heading out, try looking for some nightlife at the White Pearl.
To reach the snowboarding at the Megeve ski domaine by air, fly into Geneva. Take the train to Sallanches and use the hourly bus 12km to Megeve.
Overall, Megeve is the 12th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 50 snowboarding resorts in France.
Local Contacts: Local Tourism (0033) 450-212728; Ecole de Ski Francais (0033) 450-210097.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Gai Soleil; Hotel Alpina (0033) 450-215477
Luxury Loding: Chalet St Georges; Les Fermes de Marie (0033) 4-50-93-03-10; Parc Des Loges (0033) 450-930503; Mont Blanc
Breakfast Restaurant: Les Marronniers
Reference Source: click here http://www.megeve.com/
GPS: 45.855766, 6.617997
Date Published: 1/4/2016
Date Updated: 6/26/2016
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