Megève slopes are uncrowded, the food on the mountain is excellent, and the town is pretty. Friendly (english-speaking) “Ambassadors” greet you at the top of the lifts to help you find your way around and to suggest good places to ski or eat. Although it has an ultra-chic reputation, Megève is no more expensive than anywhere else. The ski-ing has plenty of variety and there’s a whole extra mountain (le Jaillet) on the other side of the valley if you tire of the main ski area. Most of the resort is suitable for intermediate level skiers, the Mont d’Arbois is good for beginners, and for strong skiers Mont Joly offers a challenging, beautiful ungroomed area, as well as heart-stopping views across to Mont Blanc.
From the chalet, you can to drive to the underground car park at the Rochebrune lift in 15 minutes, by-passing the centre of town (if you were staying right in Megève itself, it could easily take you longer to get to the lifts). We often prefer the Mont d’Arbois underground car park which takes longer because it goes through the town centre, but is very convenient and is right at the meeting point for most ski schools. If you want to ski the Jaillet area, you can just drive out of the chalet straight up the Aravis pass to the lift la Giettaz (20 min). The Jaillet area stretches all the way over to Combloux on the other side.
There are plenty of ski schools in Megève . ESI, the international ski school, also have afternoon lessons, allowing you to have a leisurely breakfast, ski as a family in the morning, have lunch, then drop the children off for the 2:30 lesson while the parents ski out the rest of the day. The afternoon timing avoids the usual problem that you have to get up early even though it’s supposed to be a holiday, and then you don’t really get to ski much because the children are too tired after lunch! “Megève Mike” and BASS are highly recommended by many people, but you need to book early.
The Palais des Sports in Megève has a big indoor ice rink and swimming pools.