Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Population: 3,150 (Mégevans, Mégevannes)
Specialities: Savoy cheeses (Reblochon, Beaufort, Tomme de Savoie...), "Glaçons" de Megève (chocolates)
Personalities: Edmond and Noémie de Rothschild, Henry Jacques Le Même (architect), Émile Allais, Henri Duvillard, Adrien Duvillard, Britt Laforgue (skiing), Philippe Bozon (ice hockey)
Sport: Skiing. Megève Polo Masters. Winter Golf Cup. Jumping of Megève. MB Race Culture Vélo (mountain bike)
Economy: tourism, winter sports.
Festivals: Jazz in Megève (March), Mont Blanc Photo Festival (June), Megève Jazz Contest (July), Horse and Sleigh Festival, Estivales de Megève (August).
Labels: Bike city of the Tour de France 2 bikes / Green Snowflake / ISO 9001 certification / Flower city **** / Marianne d'Or (2001 / 2011 / 2015) / Young Commune / FFS friendly resorts / Esprit Famille and Esprit Sport initiatives.
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The man of Megève
During the long century of his life, Émile Allais saw his village of Megève change completely and this baker's son was the genius behind this metamorphosis and a pioneer of downhill skiing. The first French medalist in this discipline in 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he then became triple world champion the following year in Chamonix. "I was lucky enough to grow up at the same time as skiing," he told the author of these lines in 2006, six years before his death. "In 1937, there were no signs or safety nets on the pistes. We even passed between the bushes. As the snow was not packed, you were less likely to get hurt when you fell. But we still managed to go over 100 km/h! In the early days, skiing was a completely new discipline: "We sometimes arrived on skis in valleys where the peasants hid when they saw us coming, like in remote African tribes.”
A pioneer in every field, this charming man changed French skiing forever and became, after his sporting career, a formidable creator of resorts, remodelling the sites of Squaw Valley in the United States and his native village of Megève. At the age of 100, he was still skiing and humorously explained: "At my age, it's easier to slide than to walk.” The school in Megève now bears his name.
MEGEVE AND CYCLING
Froome shows the way
The Tour made up for lost time in 2016 by finally arriving in one of the world's most famous winter sports resorts. I Chris Froome, then at the top of his game, won the 17-km individual time trial from Sallanches. The British rider won ahead of Dutch specialist Tom Dumoulin and strengthened the Yellow Jersey he eventually took to Paris for the third time.
But Megève welcomed the peloton for other events. Logically, it is the Critérium du Dauphiné that went most often to the resort of Émile Allais, stopping there five times between 1996 and 2020. In 1996, Chris Boardman clinched one of his five victories in the prologue of the event, ahead of Laurent Brochard and Tony Rominger. In 2014, Megève was the starting point for the final stage to Courchevel, won by Spaniard Mikel Nieve ahead of Romain Bardet and Adam Yates. That day, Andrew Talansky beat Alberto Contador to win the final overall classification. In 2020, the Mont Blanc resort hosted two stages of the Dauphiné, with German Lennard Kämna and American Sepp Kuss winning ahead of Dani Martinez, who finally won the GC.
To immerse yourself in the history of Megève, go to Rochebrune to take the benne rouge (red skip), the first cable car for skiers, created in 1933, improved and modernised since then but which has retained its authenticity. The summit of Rochebrune offers a magnificent view of the village, Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks.
Built between 1840 and 1878, the Calvary is the work of Ambroise Martin, parish priest of Megève. It consists of 15 chapels and oratories representing the Way of the Cross. Architecture, sculpture and painting combine to evoke the life and passion of Christ in strikingly realistic images. If this beautiful complex was once an important place of pilgrimage, it is now a place to go for a walk with its viewpoint overlooking the village.
The Palais is THE venue for sport and well-being in Megève. A pioneer in its field more than 50 years ago, the place has never stopped developing and innovating in order to anticipate the latest sporting and cultural practices. Today, with its 30,000m², it is the largest sports and cultural venue in the Alps. With more than ten different areas: aquatic, fitness, ice, climbing, snowshoeing, modern and contemporary arts area, conference room...
The Jaillet Summit
To observe Megève and Mont Blanc from a higher altitude, take the gondola lift, which is open in winter as well as in summer, or for boldest, the pedestrian path. When you reach the top, you will discover a breathtaking view of the Mont-Blanc and its peaks, but also of the village as a whole.
Waterfall of La Belle au Bois
A stone's throw from the village square and accessible only in summer, is a timeless place where the only sound is the waterfall flowing into the river. It is the ideal place to recharge your batteries or to refresh yourself after a nice summer walk. Before you can reach this haven of peace, you must first face the climb up the Maz, then cross a lovely path through the slightly steep undergrowth.
Congress and Sports Hall
Foundation: built in the 20th century (1968).
History: over the years, the complex has expanded and above all adapted to new sporting practices. In addition to the ice rink and indoor swimming pool, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, a congress hall, an outdoor Olympic pool and a gymnasium were created.
The ice rink has hosted several figure skating competitions:
- 4 editions of the world junior championships (1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980).
- 4 editions of the French championships (1971, 1984, 2008 and 2015).
It also hosted the World Curling Championships in 1971.
Snowflakes of Megève
It's no surprise to find flocons (snowflakes) in a high mountain resort, but in Megeve they are chocolates made by a local pastry shop, Comptoir du Père Sotieu. These sweets are small delights, coated with egg whites as a thin layer of meringue that adds crunch to this little hazelnut and chocolate praline biscuit. The candy is crunchy, the chocolate is soft, the meringue brings a little touch of sugar.