Megève is a smaller ski-town located in the Southern French Alps near the Mont-Blanc with about 4,000 residents. (As a reference point, Chamonix has about 10,000 full time residents which swells significantly in the winter and summer.) Megève is situated in a beautiful valley – the same one that contains Les Contamines and parts of St. Gervais ski resort. The craggy peaks surrounding it makes for a gorgeous setting. The views of the surrounding ranges, the valley and the medieval cobblestone streets of Megève attract some high-end visitors and temporary residents. In fact, the Baroness Rothschild put Megeve on the map around the 1920s. As the legend has it, she grew bored with Saint Moritz and turned to Megève. Rovers, Bentleys, and faster Italian rides roam the streets and the surrounding villages.
On our rader for some time, we headed there after completing the TMB for a couple days to check it out, to hike a bit more on the fabulous trail system in France and for a little mountain biking.
From Les Houches, we took the Mont Blanc Express to St. Gervais. From St. Gervais, we took a bus to Megève. The Mont-Blanc Express is a fabulous, super scenic train that connects a bunch of villages in the Chamonix valley. It is a super convenient and very efficient way to get around the valley and visit villages like Chamonix, Les Houches, Argentiere, St. Gervais and a bunch of others. (Hotels can give you free tickets to ride).
Megève is only about 20km from Les Houches, but there not a lot of direct routes on public transportation. Most visitors drive or shuttle directly from the Geneva airport.
The mountain biking was great. There is a large network across three different ski resorts with 4 or 5 different main lifts to get you to some of the good spots or help you get back to your starting point. Some of the trails are a little rough and raw but if you find the right ones, you can link some fun flow trails into a few 90-120 min loops in a day. I am sure there are a number of more EPIC loops if you can find the right bike shop to show you the way. Online info is a little bit limited and more than a few of the bikes shops in town seem to focus more on the electric bike riders (which is a bit of a thing over in Europe now – we have seen it a lot this summer).
There are also a number of great hiking trails that leave from the center of the city and Susan was able to find a nice one.
Megève is a beautiful Alps village and worth the visit. It would be hard to justify a visit there from afar given Chamonix and St Gervais in its backyard, but if you are in visiting the area, it is a sweet spot.