The main nursery slopes in Megeve are in the Mont d’Arbois area, which is easy to reach by bus or cable-car. From here you can progress to green and blue runs or head over to the Rochebrune area – closer to the centre of town – for more of the same.
There are enough ski schools in Megeve to last a lifetime. Both the ESF and the ESI are warmly recommended. Ecole de Freeride, Summits (private ski and snowboard tuition), Agence de Ski a Megeve and Evolution 2 are some of the alternatives. Revolution Glisse calls itself an ‘online ski school’.
The resort has three British ski schools: BASS Megeve is the resort’s original British-run ski school. Their classes include ski performance courses for confident skiers who want to develop their skills in more challenging terrain – for example steeper terrain, fresh snow, bumps, slush, or icy conditions. The second British school is Ski Technique which offers alpine skiing and snowboarding classes, and also specialist courses in bumps, freestyle, off-piste, carving and racing technique. Ski Pros Megeve is for private lessons, small classes and day ski-tours.
Guiding can be arranged through the long-established Bureau des Guides de Megeve. Ski Ambition was founded by mountain guide Seb Montaz-Rosset, who’s a highly-respected film-maker. Freeride School Megeve is as its name implies, but with all French-speaking instructors.
The resort has a justified reputation for providing good childcare. The ski schools all offer children’s classes. The non-ski kindergarten, Meg’ Accueil (+33 450 58 77 84), situated next to the Palais des Sports, cares for children from 12 months old. Club Piou-Piou (+33 450 58 97 65) accepts skiers from three to five years. La Princesse (+33 450 93 00 86) looks after skiers from two and a half years. All the ski schools offer children’s classes. Ecole de Freeride limits the class size to six.