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Megeve or Bust!

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Looking to make contact with anybody that will be in Megeve from January to April 2019. I will be there managing a private chalet and am looking to network with people and get the lay of the land with regard to where to food shop - in particular.

I am also driving there - having never been driven to the Alps in my life - so am feeling somewhat apprehensive but also excited. Empty Nester on Tour.

Also looking to find someone to get lessons with. I have plateaued as a happy blue runner; capable of skiing reds when forced; and utterly terrified on blacks.I would like to return - able to ski reds happily; and not be frightened of moguls and off piste. Maybe even keep up with my kids...LOL

Ideally looking for the equivalent ski version of a great book club!

Any ideas or recent experience of the resort would be much appreciated - esp if you have driven there

Thank you in advance for any replies or help. Snowheads are amazing
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It's a very easy resort to drive to. Down in the valley - no big hills, though on really bad days the winding road up from Sallanches to Combloux can be interesting. Finding non-expensive off road parking will be important. Food shopping is no problem - there are supermarkets both sides of the resort. The one between Megeve and Praz sur Arly is good - plenty of parking and there's also cheap petrol there.
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@tinabf, great adventure & such a nice place to pick.
the Drive is very easy, on French autoroutes all the way with only last 3 miles off it, just take your time, drive within the speed limits & take regular breaks, it really is an easy drive.
EMB is an easy resort to ski so you will be fine.
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@tinabf, Nothing really to be scared of re driving. Unless you are typically scared of driving in which case you'll just be scared as usual. You get used to being on the other side of the road.

If you have a car, you may (I don't really know Megeve) want to shop in supermarkets a bit down the valley e.g. St Gervais. And you may, for nice fish, etc. want to go as far as Grand Frais in Domancy.

Re networking, there will almost certainly be one or two bars that seasonal workers hang out in but I don't know how many UK operators go there. How is your French?

In Chamonix (as an example, although it is much bigger and has a bigger quasi-resident population) there are a couple of groups who self organise weekly lessons/guiding and at least one ski school does an hour a week for seasonal workers.

Find the local Megeve or EvasionMB face book group and get on that.
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Thanks folks - and for encouragement. Feeling a bit daunted today
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@tinabf, I understand that there is a cash-and-carry for commercial catering in Megeve, do you know if you will have an account for it ? The main supermarkets are bigger than in a lot of resorts and closer to valley prices.
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Don't think so - it's a private family I'm looking after.
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@tinabf, There is a big Metro store in Passy.
You need an account, but anyone with a French Registered Business can get one.
Your employers would be able to get a card for you - they are free.
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on French autoroutes all the way with only last 3 miles off it

Bit more than 3 miles off the motorway, but certainly easy. Will you be cooking, @tinabf? If so, and presuming they will be paying the food bills, you should find most of what you need in the local shops - the supermarket out towards Praz sur Arly is good, the big supermarket in Sallanches is better. It sounds a great job. Megeve is quite a "French" place - being able to speak some French will make life easier and more fun. Plenty of time between now and the start of the season for improving your level.

A small car is absolutely ideal - no worries there.
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My French is not bad. Lived in Paris for a year - too many moons ago. Understand quite a bit - sometimes struggle with vocabulary.
I will be cooking for a family - and yes - they are paying the food bills - it is a fab job and a fab chalet. But with just little old me during the week - so great for skiing but a bit lonely...Was going to do a ski season - but this came up and was too good to say No - and most importantly - own room. Hoping for a great season of snow as I missed last year due to A levels - so here's hoping!
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@tinabf, what an excellent town and ski area to spend a season in!

SB Ski has a good presence and reputation in Megeve. They have several very good instructors working with them. Different nationalities but all good English speakers and all know the area very well.

Maybe in quieter times of the season they might offer private lessons? Or if they have spare capacity in small groups it may be possible to join them?

I don’t know but may be worth asking. BTW I have no connection with them, other than as a very impressed past client.
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@PeakyB, Thanks! Looking forward to it - and thanks for heads up re ski schools
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@tinabf, no probs but just to clarify, they’re a small British run operator in Megeve. They include tuition as part of their offer. Great instructors but not a ski school. I should have been clearer.
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Hi Tina, what a great plan. I'm down the road in Flumet at weekends and back up everything said above. The Intermarché at Praz sur Arly meets all my needs, they'll show you how to shuck oysters too which is a key Megève skill. While there's no shortage of places to buy cheese, the Flumet cooperative is wonderful.

And also, if you are happy to drive 3 miles, (you may well not be in easy walking distance of the Megève lifts) the skiing in the Espace Diamant is somewhat cheaper if that's a consideration. They have an early bird season ticket at €489 I think until the end of the month, or they have a €20 card which gives maybe 20% off a day and half price on Saturday, I believe. But Megève has a massive domain itself.

Don't forget swimming stuff if that's your thing, the Sports centre's great for a swim and a steam.

Overall, there is unlimited long distance un-terrifying beautiful skiing to be had on all sides as far as the eye can see, and frankly in all seasons it's one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. And the snow record is pretty good.
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I was confused, I presume it was your kids’ A levels that got in the way?
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More seriously, You can buy an Evasion season pass at €661 or a Mont Blanc Unlimited which includes the Chamonix Valley and Courmayeur for €1,041. If you are only going to work at weekends and in no way am I suggesting you'll run out of skiing locally...

Actually, no that's a crap idea. €350 gets you ~7 day passes anywhere really, forget the suggestion. Stick with earlier advice.
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@tinabf, nice to meet you this evening at Bartletts! The SB Ski that PeakyB mentions is the same place we were talking about.
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Megeve and bust.
The only place I can afford to eat there is the McDonalds.

It's a very nice to look at though.
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@Drammeister, Megeve not a place for cheap eating out. Popping down the road to Combloux doesn’t take long and there’s one or two better value restaurants there.
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