Spring is finally here and although most people are looking forward to the sun and the prospect of a beach getaway, ski enthusiasts are making the most of the snow before the season is over.
One place in Europe where snow is assured until late April is Megève, situated in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
Purpose-built nearly 100 years ago, as a French alternative to Switzerland's upmarket ski resort Saint-Moritz, Megève is today popular due to its beautifully preserved, medieval town centre as well as the luxurious restaurants and hotels it offers.
HELLO! Online takes a look at how to make the most out of the beautiful town and where to find the best pistes to enjoy what is left of this year's snow.
Megève is situated in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France
Where to stay
Megéve has some wonderfully luxurious hotels, including The Alpage. This five-star hotel, which boasts Michelin-starred restaurant l'Alpaga and features a luxurious spa, treatment rooms, a Hamman and a new outdoor Scandinavian bath. It also offers fabulous views of the Megève area: traditional shingle rooftops, wooden eaves and wooden balconies.
It's located only five minutes by carriage from the heart of the village opposite Mont-Blanc.
Megève is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe
Where to eat
The famously foodie-friendly town offers a variety of resturants fit for any budget. A popular choice is slope-side dining at L'Alpette. This high altitude restaurant, situated at the top of the Alpette chairlift, is the perfect spot for a gourmet break during a day on the slopes.
Whether soaking up the gentle rays of winter sun on the large terrace, warming up over french classics inside near the fire or tucking into delicious, local fare at the Fromagerie upstairs, every skier will find something to suit their taste.
The scenic town of Megève can be easily explored by hire car
Apart from the obvious activities – skiing and snowboarding – Megéve offers unique experiences such as hot air balloon rides and dog sledging.
The hot air balloon takes thrill-seekers up to 1,500 and 2,500 metres. The ride lasts one hour - enough time to encounter the highest mountains of the Alps, as well as the chains of Mont Blanc, Aravis, Beaufortain, Bauges and Fiz.
How to get there
Getting to Megève is easy if you fly to its nearest airport, Geneva, which is an one hour drive via the Albertville-Chamonix motorway. Flights to Geneva are available from all London airports.
Hiring a car is recommended to explore the surrounding areas and take in the stunning views. The BMW 4 series convertible is a great option as it's fitted with heated neck warmers and steering wheel, meaning travellers can have the top down to enjoy the scenery while keeping warm.