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Megeve - Hints and tips

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Hi!

I've searched the forum but have struggled to find much info on Megeve.

Was hoping for some hints and tips, be it places I HAVE to eat at or areas I absolutely must SKI (to include driving to close areas etc).

Plus anything else that would be useful. Newspaper reports etc just don't cut it as they largely publicise the places they get to eat at for free and rarely do anything very in depth.

Hoping someone has some insider info...?!
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Take plenty of money.
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@Legend., try the smaller Julliet ski area, its actually quite good & its included in your pass.
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Take an umbrella and a fur coat if you want to fit in with the locals - oh and as @rjs, says - take plenty of money.
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If you have an Evasion Ski Pass go up to Les Contamines whilst you are there as well.
And yes the restaurants in Megeve are £££
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It is a bit more expensive but there places selling paninis etc up on the slopes for a quick pit stop. The restaurants display prices so check before going in. As Jonny996 says Julliet is good for a day's skiing and quieter than Mount Arbois. There are a couple of Creperies in town that are a bit cheaper.
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A few miles up the road - Praz sur Arly. Have a day skiing there. Go up the Cret du Midi chair - massive free car park at the bottom Two nice, and not stupidly Megeve-expensive restaurants - for cosy mountain charm Le Petit Tetras (on the right as you get towards the top of the lift). Lovely little place - get there early for lunch as there are not many seats. The other place - the Serrason - is bigger, has terrace (and indoor tables too) with spectacular views and particularly tempting desserts. Plenty of good skiing up there - including the top of the Ban Rouge and, a little further afield, the top of the Notre Dame de Bellecombe skiing, via the short Trois Coins drag lift.
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Awesome, thanks for the info!

Zermatt is my favourite place in the world for skiing so I'm assuming the prices won't feel too unfamiliar!


Final question, restaurants up the mountain, are there some nice ones accessible by foot/gondolas? We have a very keen but slow learning skier with us (3 months old) so he's not going to be too great on difficult pistes and advises he prefers gondolas and non strenuous walking. Can obviosuly find out the lie of the land when we get there but any early info will help point us in the right direction!

Thanks snowHead
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Skiing wise my recommendation would be to explore each of the three main sectors on your first three days i.e. Rochebrune, Mt D'Arbois and Jaillet. Each has a different feel and depending on what type/level of skier you are, you may prefer to focus the rest of your time in one place. As an intermediate, I find splitting my time equally between the three gives me most satisfaction. (If you've got enough energy, you can cover your favourite bits of Rochebrune and Mt D'Arbois in a day).

Places I'd recommend for food and a drink are Auberge de Bonjournal at the top of the Christomet chair on the Jaillet side and Alpage de Pre Rosset which is at the top of the Lanchettes drag on the way over to Cote 2000. If you're looking for 'cheap' eats then there's a nice spot at the top of the Freddy chair with plenty of deck chairs which is nice in the sun.

Not sure what sort of skiing you're into but most challenging tend to be the black and reds off the Cote 2000 and Mont Joly lifts. If you want moguls underneath the Mount Joux chair is usually best. Lapping the blues/reds under the Petite Fontaine/Jardin lifts on the Rochebrune side is always good fun, and a good place to get your ski legs back on the first day. On the Jaillet side the blue trefflenaise run down to La Giettaz is gentle but long and and once there the runs in that area are usually very quiet.
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@Legend., woody is very trendy & is directly at the princess gondola mid station
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rjs wrote:
Take plenty of money.


I'd echo this. What we spent on getting there, staying and sking, we spent again on food and drink - very hard to find inexpensive places to eat - especially in the evening - that said all great quality and the skiing was pretty good. I'd go back!
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There is a lot of skiing on the evaison lift pass It tends to be quite wide and not too steep .It is a great confidence builder. It is a good place to go when visibility is bad as there are a lot of tree lined pistes.A lot of the old infrstructure is being replaced with new quick lifts and quite a lot of snow making has been introduced in the last few years. Cheapest place to eat is freddys which is at the top of the gondola that comes up from st gervais it is a picnic /take away place and gets very full on bad weather days .La Boitette has one of the finest views of the aigle du midi and the massif du mont blanc .Megeve /st Gervais is what it is. It is not Chamonix !
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michaelf wrote:
Skiing wise my recommendation would be to explore each of the three main sectors on your first three days i.e. Rochebrune, Mt D'Arbois and Jaillet. Each has a different feel and depending on what type/level of skier you are, you may prefer to focus the rest of your time in one place. As an intermediate, I find splitting my time equally between the three gives me most satisfaction. (If you've got enough energy, you can cover your favourite bits of Rochebrune and Mt D'Arbois in a day).

Places I'd recommend for food and a drink are Auberge de Bonjournal at the top of the Christomet chair on the Jaillet side and Alpage de Pre Rosset which is at the top of the Lanchettes drag on the way over to Cote 2000. If you're looking for 'cheap' eats then there's a nice spot at the top of the Freddy chair with plenty of deck chairs which is nice in the sun.

Not sure what sort of skiing you're into but most challenging tend to be the black and reds off the Cote 2000 and Mont Joly lifts. If you want moguls underneath the Mount Joux chair is usually best. Lapping the blues/reds under the Petite Fontaine/Jardin lifts on the Rochebrune side is always good fun, and a good place to get your ski legs back on the first day. On the Jaillet side the blue trefflenaise run down to La Giettaz is gentle but long and and once there the runs in that area are usually very quiet.


Good summary and I'd agree. Its basically what we did. The trek out to La Giettez was worth it not just for the skiing once you get there, but the skiing on the way back - some good Black and red runs.
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If you want to eat more cheaply on the mountain then go over to the St G side for lunch - about half the price for similar quality.
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michaelf wrote:
Skiing wise my recommendation would be to explore each of the three main sectors on your first three days i.e. Rochebrune, Mt D'Arbois and Jaillet. Each has a different feel and depending on what type/level of skier you are, you may prefer to focus the rest of your time in one place. As an intermediate, I find splitting my time equally between the three gives me most satisfaction. (If you've got enough energy, you can cover your favourite bits of Rochebrune and Mt D'Arbois in a day).

Places I'd recommend for food and a drink are Auberge de Bonjournal at the top of the Christomet chair on the Jaillet side and Alpage de Pre Rosset which is at the top of the Lanchettes drag on the way over to Cote 2000. If you're looking for 'cheap' eats then there's a nice spot at the top of the Freddy chair with plenty of deck chairs which is nice in the sun.

Not sure what sort of skiing you're into but most challenging tend to be the black and reds off the Cote 2000 and Mont Joly lifts. If you want moguls underneath the Mount Joux chair is usually best. Lapping the blues/reds under the Petite Fontaine/Jardin lifts on the Rochebrune side is always good fun, and a good place to get your ski legs back on the first day. On the Jaillet side the blue trefflenaise run down to La Giettaz is gentle but long and and once there the runs in that area are usually very quiet.


Top stuff. Thanks
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There is a rustic shack on the StG side halfway down finance run that does the best onion soup I have ever tasted.
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@Legend., megeve has everything zermatt has apart from the atmosphere, the skiing, the mountains and the snow
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Hi @Legend., when are you going? We're headed there Sunday, cannot wait!

There's quire a bit of info on the Stanford Skiing website, although some of it might be dated now... ideas for places to go / eat, etc
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red 27 wrote:
@Legend., megeve has everything zermatt has apart from the atmosphere, the skiing, the mountains and the snow


Sounds perfect then! Laughing Gotta try other things, Zermatt again next year!
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@Legend., Sous les Freddys, sur le mountain, had an excellent first hand recommendation to me this week (unfortunately not there myself). St Gervais sector. May not be feasible for pedestrians though.

@red 27, I thought EMB skiing very good. I usually do red/black stuff in places like EK, 3V, Paradiski, Cham Valley. Not at all disappointed with EMB.
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@burnsieboy,

It’s quite different though isn’t it? The resorts you mention are much more ‘alpine’ - skiing above the tree line on big slopes. EMB is much more tree lined runs, lower down. Has its own charm of course but in a different way.

Les Contamines (not connected) is more of a halfway house between the two styles.
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Legend. wrote:
Top stuff. Thanks


No problem - let us know how you get on!
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