<p>Close to Geneva, Megeve offers an abundance of activities &amp; events during the winter season.</p>
Photo: Mairie de Megève/Simon Garnier

Top 5 Winter Activities in Megeve

Close to Geneva, Megeve offers an abundance of activities & events during the winter season.

Resort Guides
Published at: 25 Feb 2020
Last updated at: 9 Nov 2023

Surrounded by three alpine massifs, Megève is a traditional Haute-Savoie village with a fantastic range of cultural and sporting events and activities on offer. During the winter months, Megève has a diverse offering for all ages so whether you enjoy speeding down the slopes or enjoying the scenery at a slower pace there is something for everyone.

Serena Norton
Serena Norton
Child tobogganing in MegevePhoto: Mairie de Megève/Simon Garnier

1. Hurtle down the slopes on a toboggan

Megève has many designated sledging areas from the Sledge 4S (sledge on a rail) at the foot of the Jaillet cable car to the brand new Laluge tobogganing piste on the Princesse sector which winds 300m from the summit of Mont d’Arbois through the heart of the forest. The run is open to ages 10 and upwards and a helmet is compulsory. The Sledge 4S covers over 715 metres of descent in six minutes and is suitable for children over the age of three. Families with young children can enjoy sledging at Livraz, an area reserved for two to six-year-olds.

For night owls, Evolution 2 offers an exciting Alpage Evening beginning with a snowmobile ride to Chalet d’Alpage where you will enjoy an authentic Savoyard dinner. This is followed by a thrilling toboggan run back down under the twinkling stars.

STAY: Chalet Lamartine - ideally located close to the centre of Megeve, this modern chalet boasts a cinema room and an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace.

Dog Sledding in MegevePhoto: Simon Garnier

2. Experience a magical dog sled ride

Discover the magical sled dogs of Megeve and enjoy the ultimate ride through Megeve's snowy forests and sunny plateaus. You will learn all about the relationship between the mushers and the dogs as well as the technicalities of driving the sled.

Megeve also hosts the Grande Odyssée event each January. This incredible dog sled race is reputed to be the hardest in the world with no less than 50 mushers taking part.

STAY: Chalet Eastwood - offering breathtaking views and spacious living, this five-bedroom chalet is a short drive from the ski lifts.

Private sightseeing flight in MegevePhoto: Mairie de Megève/TOPS

3. Discover the Mont Blanc massif by plane

Take off from Megève altiport and explore the astounding scenery of arguably the most stunning massif in Europe. In a 40-minute flight, tour the magnificent glaciers of Le Tour and Argentiere from a plane with a panoramic glass roof allowing you to film and take photos. You can also choose to discover La Vallee Blanche during a 30-minute flight at an altitude of 2,800m taking you from the North face of the Grandes Jorasses to the Mer de Glace.

Flights are operated with a maximum of four people and each passenger has an individual headset to listen to comments throughout the flight. Prices start at €120 for an adult and €60 for a child but group discounts are available. Paragliding and helicopter flights are other ways to experience Megève from the air.

STAY: Chalet des Sens - this ski-in property provides a luxurious base in Mont d'Arbois with a whole floor dedicated to entertainment & relaxation.

Megeve Jazz FestivalPhoto: Simon Garnier

4. Tap your toes along to jazz music at the International Jazz Festival

Held at the end of March and beginning of April, don't miss the latest edition of the Festival International Jazz à Megève. With daytime concerts at the foot of the slopes, in the square and around the village, this is an event music lovers won’t want to miss. Past line-ups have featured Ibrahim Maalouf, Norah Jones and Gregory Porter. Passes for the three days start at €90 but it is possible to buy tickets per day too.

STAY: Chalet Keystone - within walking distance of the village centre, this high-end chalet boasts a pool table and spa with indoor pool.

Fat Biking in MegevePhoto: Mairie de Megève

5. Tour the landscape on a fat bike

Mountain biking isn't just for the warmer months of the year. With Megeve's fat bikes you can explore the beautiful landscape in winter too. Equipped with oversized tyres, you will be able to navigate the terrain seamlessly. You can test out a variety of bikes from electric bikes to FatBikes and even electric scooters in Megeve. Rental shops such as MB Bike provide all the gear as well as instructors to get your started.

STAY: Chalet Izoard - a luxury chalet with fantastic wellness and entertainment facilities, not to mention ski-in/ski-out access.