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Megéve, France – a luxurious ski resort

The renowned ski resort of Megève was made famous in the 1920s by the Rothschild family, looking for a French alternative to Saint-Moritz in Switzerland. This pretty Haute Savoyard village has become the “Saint-Tropez of ski resorts” and now boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as continuing to attract a jet-set clientele.

But it was in 1914 that the first ever ski race was held on the slopes of Megève, with this pioneering spirit leading to the development of ski lifts. The resort plays more than one part in France’s skiing history, as local boy Emile Allais devised the French style of skiing involving parallel turns, as well as winning triple world ski champion in Chamonix in 1937 and founding the nation’s first official ski school, Ecole du Ski Français. Allias lived to ski his whole life in this region and died at the age of 100 in 2012.

Just a 45-minute drive from Chamonix, Megève is part of the huge Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area with 445km of pistes, across which it is possible to cover several valleys, with ski stops in traditional farms or truly gourmet mountain restaurants.

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