Epic Europe

MEGEVE

 

A minute or two is all it takes to fall under the spell of Megève—the icy cold air, the jingle of a horse-drawn carriage, the rush of a cascading mountain stream, the chiming of church bells. If you're lucky it will be snowing, sparkling flakes whirling down, turning the whole village into a scene you’d imagine on a postcard.

 

That Megève became one of the Alps’ most stylish resorts, and the epitome of French Savoyard alpine aesthetic, is wholly due to the influence of Baroness Mimi de Rothschild. After the first world war, she was relaxing in St. Moritz, and horrified to share her hotel with a German steel and arms magnate. She promptly took her Norwegian ski instructor and a French hotelier to the Haute Savoie determined to find a suitable location for a French resort that would become just as grand, to create "a St-Moritz Français". They discovered Megève, a small Savoyard farming village in the valley of the Arve River, at about 4,000 feet, facing Mont Blanc. Among its attributes, "its medium altitude, its gentle climate and slopes. In Megève nothing is rude, nothing is abrupt, and everything evokes feminine charm."

 

By 1924, the Baroness had bought an old guesthouse on a hill overlooking the village and radically transformed it into the Hôtel du Mont d'Arbois. Megève was launched as a destination for the beau monde. The “chalet” style that her architect designed from reimagined shepherd’s huts created a trend that came to characterize ski resorts around the world.

 

World War II interrupted Megève's expansion, but after the war it became a favored playground for Parisians in the flush of post-war partying. Stage and film stars flocked to the beautiful alpine village, and by the 1950s Megève was such a chic social scene that Jean Cocteau nicknamed it "the 21st arrondissement of Paris".

 

Today it's as glamorous as ever, located just 45 minutes from Geneva, and around the corner of Mont Blanc from Chamonix and St. Gervais. Megève is an ideal family ski resort, with gentle, sunny slopes over 232 square miles of ski terrain, several prestigious ski schools and a host of international events including Snow Polo and Snow Golf championships. It's now a summer resort too, with hiking and climbing, biking and paragliding. And winter or summer, it's just as attractive to the less sporting set, offering some of the most beautiful, well-equipped luxury hotels and spas anywhere in the Alps. The Sibuet family has run the majority of the accommodations since the resort’s inception, and has created a level of service and quality that has defined the Megève ideal.

  • Fairytale village of antique barns and chalets modernized as a world-class resort
  • Only 45 minutes drive form Geneva International airport
  • Small luxurious hotels and chalets, decorated in true “Savoyard” style
  • Best for families and romantic getaways, gentle slopes, pedestrian village center, cozy accommodations and a myriad of fine restaurant options
  • Restaurant “Flacons de Sel” Megève’s best table, Michelin starred Chef Emmanuel Renaut serves timeless cuisine with mountain flavor. Special excursions in the forest with chef Emmanuel to forage for wild ingredients; mushrooms, flowers and wildlife
  • Le Musée de Megève, exhibit celebrating the 100th ski season and the 80th anniversary of the Rochebrune cable car telling the heroic start of winter sports in Megève
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA

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