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Posted on Friday 24th February 2017 | Lesley Thomas

Megeve – what makes this ever popular resort so special?

If you’re thinking of taking a holiday to the Alps then there aren’t many places as delightful as the French resort of Megeve, nestled in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. It’s also one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps, well known for its proximity to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe.

So just what is it that makes Megeve such a popular holiday destination?

The resort has a colourful history; it was built in the 1920s by the famous Rothschild family as an alternative to the resort of Saint-Moritz in Switzerland. The first resort purpose-built for skiing, at the time of its completion it was a hot destination for the aristocrats of France and beyond - and it remains an upmarket and luxurious resort to this day.

The Alpine skiing area attached to Megeve also includes several other smaller resorts, and in all around 445km of skiing area is available for holidaymakers. A total of 217 slopes mean that there is plenty of choice for snow sports enthusiasts of all abilities - Megeve offers 33 black slopes, 84 red slopes, 63 blue slopes and 378 green slopes.

If downhill skiing isn’t quite your cup of tea - that’s no problem - there are also 18 cross-country skiing trails easily accessible from Megeve which cover a total of 95km.

A large part of the resort’s appeal is, then, its world class facilities - but that’s far from all that it has to offer. As well as quaint and cosy Alpine bars you’ll find plenty of delicious fine dining restaurants and luxurious spas perfect for taking some ‘me’ time.

In summer, the resort transforms into a sunny paradise surrounded by meadows, hiking trails and golfing opportunities, meaning that it’s a real all-year-round contender. In 2016, the town even saw the Tour de France pass through. 

For the serious climbers with designs on Mont Blanc, the best time to make an attempt is between June and September, but there are plenty of less taxing climbs to be done in the area too.

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