Megève in Mont Blanc region became known as a winter resort in the beginning of XX century. Its prestige was substantially promoted when in 1920 baroness de Rothschild built here Hotel Palace du Mont d’Arbois. Several decades later this modest Alpine village turned into well-developed sport center without loosing its charm. Megève holds up traditions inviting guests not only to trails and lifts, but also to museums, exhibitions, classical concerts. Modern Megève is attractive by the coziness and beauty of its narrow streets, elegance of its boutiques reminding of Paris, antique stores, and exquisite restaurants. About half of the guests come here not for sports, though the surroundings of the village have all conditions for it.
The sport centers near Megève are the villages of Combloux, St.-Gervais, St.-Nicolas-de-Veroce. The region is divided into several interconnected skiing areas. In Combloux one may enjoy a beautiful view of Mont Blanc. Trails here are exceptionally easy, perfect for beginners. Les Marmottons trail (500 m, easy) is lightened on Thursdays from 20.00 till 22.00.
St.-Gervais is known due to the curative effect of its sulphuric springs, though it has 120 km of prepared trails, particularly on Mont d’Arbois. One can easily get from this mountain to the slopes in the Chamonix valley by Tramway de Mont Blanc. Trail des Vortigeurs (1500 m, elevation change 400 m), the most difficult one, goes over the slope of Mont d’Arbois. The longest trail in Mont d’Arbois – Mont Joly ski area is Princess (3800 m, elevation change 770 m).
In winter various festivals and competitions are held in Megève. Though they do not always have international importance but, as demanded by the resort’s guests, are colorful and showy. Hockey, and curling, dog sled races, junior slalom, obstacle races, figure skating and snow polo – a bright event happens almost every day. In the remaining time tourists may visit Palais des Sports to go in for any sports or train to pilot sport plane in Aero-Club and than fly over Mont Blanc or around it. It can also be done by helicopter within an organized excursion.