• Snowboarders and skiers at base of slope in Chamonix.
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  • Skiing at Chamonix.
  • Megeve - downtown at night.

Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 1.25 hours
Via: Motorcoach

Beginner: 39%
Intermediate: 45%
Expert: 16%


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Chamonix / Megève

Chamonix and Megève straddle Mont Blanc’s north and south faces. In medieval times, Chamonix’s peasants cowered under their towering needle peaks. Chamonix, with its imposing mountains, draws the hard core to ski and attack those rugged Haute Savoie spires. It hosted the first winter Olympics in 1924. For three millennia Megève’s populous was besieged by war, plague and fire.  Today Megève, with its preserved historic center, attracts tourists coming for its serene beauty, sophistication and sports. It became a ski resort after WWI when the Baroness de Rothschild wanted to create the French equivalent to St. Moritz. The affluent and influential come to both sides of Mont Blanc to pursue their resorts with equal frenzied adoration.

The skiing is equally different and your Mont-Blanc ski pass includes both resorts totaling 240 lifts and 600 miles of pistes. Megève’s 275 miles of runs are like sparkling champagne: civilized, leisurely challenging, long, and ego boosting. It also has France’s best cross country skiing and 32 palate-tempting mountain restaurants. If champagne-equated runs read too tame, Chamonix, with Europe’s highest number of double black diamonds, is not for the faint-hearted. Attack Grands Montets or, after descending l’Aguille du Midi’s tremulous staircase-on-ice, test your stamina on the Valleé Blanche’s 11 mile, 9,300 foot vertical. Quite a spectacular feat!


Hotels in Chamonix / Megève


The Grand Hôtel des Alpes is a historic hotel going back to 1840. Abandoned for many years, it was an eyesore in the center of Chamonix. All that changed when the hotel was totally renovated and restored in the late 1990s. Today its beaux-arts beauty graces the town’s main pedestrian street. It has 30 rooms with wood-paneled marquetry, eiderdowns and marble baths, half with Mont-Blanc views. It offers just breakfast and afternoon tea; has a pool, Jacuzzi, spa, sauna/steam bath, and masseuse. Drinks are in the cozy bar or library, both with views of Europe’s highest peak. Katia and Jerôme enjoy sharing their Chamonix paradise; perhaps that’s why it’s 3rd on Trip Advisor.

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  • Exterior of Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix.
  • Room of Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix.
  • Bath of Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix.


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The Albert 1er is truly unique. It is a small luxe farm with its original 21-room hotel, the 12-suite la Ferme, two independent chalets, two large duplex apartments for families, and all within a park-like setting. It may be the only farm known to man with all the fixings: inviting bedrooms and a spa with an indoor/outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, masseuse, and a climbing wall. Then there’s Damien Levau’s Michelin star gourmet restaurant, the contemporary Quartz Bar and a second more traditional restaurant.  The Carrier family’s fifth generation surely knows how to pamper guests in their private park. The Albert 1er is truly a sanctuary of comfort and cuisine, always raising the bar for Chamonix!     

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Hôtel Alpaga

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The Alpaga opened in 2009. But is it a hotel or group of châlets? Turns out, both. It has 27 rooms and suites, nine interconnected châlets and two restaurants (one with two Michelin stars) – all clustered in their own little hamlet just above the heart of Megève. The sun streams in the large balconied bedrooms with paneled walls, faux fur, rich fabrics, slate floors, granite baths, and all with views of Mont Blanc. Additionally they have a spa with a large pool, Nordic bath, sauna, gym, in-house ski service with a ski shuttle and, yes, if you’re too tired to walk to town, the car awaits. The Alpaga is modern cool and, as the doors open, friendly smiles greet guests – the perfect start to any ski holiday –


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