Megève is a town in an absolutely unique natural setting in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, in the Haute-Savoie region of France.
It has good transport links and is one hour from London, Rome and Madrid and just 43 miles from Geneva. It has a lot to offer kids and teens looking for a language camp in France as this region is pleasant both in summer and winter.
Both authentic and sports-oriented, Megève (known as "Mageva" in the Celtic era, the "village in the middle of the water"), has many features that make it an attractive town. This town has become a renowned ski resort of internationally recognized prestige, as evidenced by its membership of the association, Best of the Alps.
In both summer and winter, kids and teens aged 7 to 17 will have a fun and sport-filled vacation. They will stay in a 4-star hotel with full board and benefit from an exclusive program of activities. To keep organization on a human scale, capacity is restricted to 50 kids. Meals are served in the restaurant and are developed by a chef who is attentive to the balanced diet and preferences of kids (specific menus can be offered: vegetarian, gluten-free, based on religious restrictions etc.).
A high quality course that is both unique and specially designed for kids and teens
Kids and teens who choose this safe and peaceful destination will be supervised 24 hours a day by adults with safety a key factor on this camp.
They may indulge in multiple activities chosen on the basis of the age of participants and their desires. There is no chance you will get bored in Megève! Hiking with sled dogs, crazy golf, rafting, angling, summer toboggan runs, tree-top park, cable car hiking in mid-sized mountain ranges: there is a wide range of options for unwinding in the great outdoors. There are also indoor activities during inclement weather.
Do you like drawing or painting? That's fortunate since creative workshops (drama, scrapbooking, drawing, painting, dance, video etc.) will give you the opportunity to express yourself. As for the weekend, there are excursions to magnificent sites like the Mer de Glace glacier (Chamonix Mont-Blanc) or Lake Annecy. At the end of the day, team games and parties are planned as an opportunity for everyone to get together and at the end of every week a show is organized. Obviously, in the evening there is quiet time for reading or group discussion.
Finally, as part of the “Winter” course (for 7 to 16 year-olds) there are ski-ing or snowboarding lessons. It is worth noting that the ski-ing lessons are taught by instructors from the Ecole du Ski Français ski school and that kids can gain their star at the end of the week.
Tips and tricks
What do things cost? How much pocket money do I need?
Fast food is on offer for when you’re a bit peckish. Many little restaurants showcase local cuisine (burgers to take away, Savoyard specialties, gratins, waffles, pancakes etc.) and international cuisine (sushi, fast food etc.). A Soda costs €2.50 and a sandwich €5-7. Budget €25-30 for a set meal. Any transport costs, souvenirs, spending on leisure activities should be added to this. A budget of €80 a week seems reasonable but that is an approximate sum and may vary according to the person.
An attractive town with good public transport
In terms of attractions, Le Palais, the biggest indoor leisure complex in the Alps (water play area, climbing spaec, gym etc.) is the perfect venue. For movie buffs, Le Panoramic offers the opportunity to relax taking in a good movie unless you prefer to try your hand at the Olympic ice-skating rink! As for transport, there are many options for visitors and tourists. In summer, a free shuttle bus network called Meg-bus is available for getting around the resort. In addition, in the winter period, free ski buses leave the coach station for the nearest mountains. Another way of getting around: transport on request such as the Montenbus, a service that allows a passenger to be taken to the address of their choice.
A mountain climate
A Megève règne un climat typiquement montagnard car le centre-ville se situe à 1050 mètres d’altitude. Les étés sont relativement chauds et les hivers rigoureux. Les températures vont de – 3°C à 6°C en janvier et de 13°C à 27 °C en juillet. Durant l’été, les visiteurs bénéficient en moyenne de 15 heures d’ensoleillement par jour, ce qui n’est pas mal. Pour s’habiller, tout dépend de la saison ! En hiver, place aux vêtements chauds (anorak, gants, veste polaire,…)Le reste de l’année, une tenue plus légère suffira mais le temps peut vite changer : une veste imperméable et un pull peuvent être bien utiles.