Chamonix / Megève

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

The skiing is equally different. Megève has 275 miles of shimmering pistes with 107 lifts, with sun sparkling off them, are like vintage 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 Grand Montets or, after standing l’Aiguille du Midi’s tremulous staircase-on-ice, test your stamina on the Vallée Blanche’s 11 mile, 9,300 foot vertical.

Chamonix – Special rates on ski passes throughout the season 
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Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 1.5 hours
Via: Motorcoach


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
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  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
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  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Hotels in Chamonix / Megève

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  • Grand Hotel Des Alpes
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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.

VIP drink with Champagne in their room

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  • Exterior of Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix.
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The Albert 1er with its fifth star is a truly unique a small luxe-farm with the original 21-room hotel, the 12-suite la Ferme, two chalets and a new large duplex apartment. It may be the only farm known to man with an indoor/outdoor heated pool, climbing wall, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, and spa with all the fixings! The fifth generation Carriers manage the lovely hotel complex. The bar and lounge sparkle now in a more contemporary style. Antiques and comfortable sofas still beckon, as do the inviting bedrooms. Pierre Maillet’s gourmet restaurant serves marvelous two-star Michelin cuisine. The Albert 1er, with La Ferme, their spa and two outstanding restaurants, is a sanctuary of calm, comfort and cuisine, always raising the Chamonix bar!

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The four year-old Châlet Zannier is luxuriously unique. It is really tiny, only eight rooms and four suites, a very personal little home-away-from-home. Those rooms and suites, and the other areas, are lovely, all done with the finest eco-friendly materials in soft-mountain colors. The Zannier is so small families or friends can have the whole place: The individually styled rooms; their second-best-in-town Michelin-rated restaurant, La Ferme de mon Père; the wine bar to share small bites; the spa with a sauna, steam bath, treatment rooms, and pool; the concierge and on-demand chauffeur services; the tailor-made activities for children; and the movie theater. But what if there are just two of you? No problem – it’s perfect for meeting new friends sitting around the fire.

Complimentary sunset cocktail at Le Châlet

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