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Cutting a Dash in Megève

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An April 2006 trip to Megeve by jaybroek

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Quote: Baby boy was left running his grandparents ragged while we squeezed what we could into 24 hours in Megève, Alpine ski resort par excellence

Cutting a Dash in Megève

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Overview

Chalet le Forestier Photo, Megeve, France
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Set on the lower slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, some 20km or so south of Chamonix, Megève is a popular skiing destination for the multinational set that populates the Geneva area. It has been this way for a long time; in ski resorts terms Megève considers itself very ‘old money’ and there is a thoroughly established air of superiority pervading the place. Its rise to prominence began in the 1920s when Baron de Rotheschild deigned to build a hotel in town having grown disillusioned with St. Moritz (a riff-raff problem I would expect) and enticing the moneyed crowd with him. It became a popular celebrity hangout from the 1950s onward. We spent one night and a full day skiing in the resort ...Read More

Gai Soleil Hotel (Le)

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Hotel | "Le Gai Soleil"

Gai Soleil Hotel (Le) Photo, Megeve, France
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It may have been as early as the third or fourth je regrette mais… that I began to fear that our weekend escape to the mountains might be over before it began. Unsure about end of season snow conditions, we had left the booking of accommodation to the morning of departure, and it looked like we were about to come unstuck. Faced with a day of ringing every hotel in the Chamonix area, we took appropriate action and went out for coffee. By the time we came back, it was all sorted: never underestimate a grandparent’s determination to have a grandchild to themselves.Our destination turned out to be Le Gai Soleil, a hotel we had called directly...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

Gai Soleil Hotel (Le)
343 rue Cret du Midi
Megeve, France 74120
+33 04 50 21 00 70

Chalet le Forestier

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Restaurant | "Le Forestier"

Chalet le Forestier Photo, Megeve, France
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One of the joys of undertaking any energetic outdoor pursuit is that you thoroughly deserve the meal and drink that must surely accompany it. Ski days are no exception; indeed après-ski is a hobby in itself, replete with its own wardrobe and rules. I, however, prefer the midi-ski (don’t try and translate that, I made it up). Picture, if you will, pulling up gracefully outside an obscenely picturesque refuge perched halfway down a ski run, complementing your companion’s elegant turns while nonchalantly flicking off your skis and, in one fluid motion, planting them into the snow without turning a bronzed cheek, ordering your aperitif from the smiling hosteller and slipping in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2006

Chalet le Forestier
On The Forestier Blue Run
Massif de Rochebrune
00 33 4 50 21 12 95

Les Enfants Terribles at Le Mont Blanc

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Restaurant | "Les Enfants Terrible"

Les Enfants Terribles at Le Mont Blanc Photo, Megeve, France
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We were in search of a pleasant, affordable French dining experience, and, because of the amount of effort and grief that had gone into finding a hotel vacancy, we had given perilously little thought to our options ahead of time. Such foolishness, some might say, deserves all it gets, particularly when you’re heading for a resort where the visitors largely come from the moneyed, tax-free environs of Geneva.Les Enfants was packed to the rafters and the air was heavy with the scent of melted Reblochon. If you’re in the mood for hot cheese-based alpine food, then I’m sure this would have your juices flowing. We had overdosed on fondue the day before, and, just as we were contemplating ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2006

Les Enfants Terribles at Le Mont Blanc
Place de l'eglise
Megeve, France
04 50 58 76 69

Megeve

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Attraction | "Megève"

Megeve Photo, Megeve, France
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‘What’s that purple stuff all over the floor? Look, there’s some more…’The Blonde and I were struggling into our ski gear when we realised that some of it had crossed the line between ‘classic vintage’ and ‘just plain old’. As we trudged to the nearest hire shop leaving a trail of footwear in our wake, the Blonde worked out that she’d got the disintegrating boots some time before her first kiss, which, in shoe years at least, is getting on some.After providing the hire shop guys with an amusing old equipment anecdote that they would be using for days to come and purchasing our ski passes, we made our way to the Rochebrune téléphérique. The attention I drew during that first asc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2006

Megeve
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Megeve, France
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