Guidebook

Chilled Powder : Mellow Ski Tours above Megève

Cold snow, fun terrain and some of the biggest views in the Alps - welcome to the Megève backcountry.

Description

Long regarded as a destination for the rich and famous, Megève has a reputation for being expensive and - during peak season - busy. The town probably deserves that reputation, but it also deserves to be better known for its wonderful ski touring, which is (for some unknown reason) not as legendary as it ought to be.

The terrain above Megève is generally pretty mellow but feels wild, perhaps because leaving the busy pistes and entering the backcountry provides an almost shocking sense of solitude. Once you are out in the wilds above Megève you'll find gorgeous, open bowls and some of the best tree skiing in the Haute Savoie. The views of the nearby Mont Blanc range aren't too bad either...

The tours listed here make the most of this excellent and varied terrain, and 2 of them also make use of the Megève lift system too. The other 2 are car to car adventures, so whether you want to deal with the ski resort or not, we've got you covered here.

If you've ticked these 4 lines and are hungry for more, check out our guidebooks to the Aravis area - just to the north of Megève - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12900/sun-snow-and-solitude-:-ski-tour-the-aravis/@45.8605218,6.4465237,45443.7204464,-54.9181613,0,2084.5399772,normal - and Les Contamines, just to the south - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/3847/the-finest-ski-tours-above-les-contamines

Grande Croisse Baulet From Megeve
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grande Croisse Baulet From Megeve

Megeve - Les Contamines
5 - 6 hrs
11.1 km
1,055 m
1,053 m
36 °
An accessible and varied journey with stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif
Moderate
Private
Petit Croisse Baulet
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Petit Croisse Baulet

2 - 3 hrs
4.8 km
341 m
715 m
33 °
A beautiful tour with an easy approach and fabulous skiing.
Moderate
Private
Mont De Vores & Tete de Very - A Safe and Easy Ski Tour
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont De Vores & Tete de Very - A Safe and Easy Ski Tour

Megeve - Les Contamines
4 - 5 hrs
10.3 km
944 m
944 m
39 °
A safe and easy angle ski tour with excellent views
Moderate
Private
Cabane Du Petit Pâtre
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cabane Du Petit Pâtre

Arve Valley
3 - 4 hrs
5.6 km
759 m
759 m
38 °
A fine ski tour on the wilder side of the Croisse Baulet.
Moderate
Private