MBFF has had some lovely family walks up at the ❄️ Site Nordique La Livraz in Megève. Not only is this one of 🎿 Megève’s cross-country skiing areas (there are a handful!), it is also a superb spot for ❄️ a family walk in wintertime, especially with young children or older relatives! You can pull little ones along in a 🛷 a luge and the terrain is mostly gentle for strolling (though walking on snow is more tiring!). Even if you have not visited this super spot, if your kids are scolarisés in the Sallanches area, they are likely to have been for ski de fond lessons with school.
Other attractive features of ❄️ La Livraz are:
- 🛷 small children’s sledging slope – with protective barriers, for children up to 6 year olds . . . where parents can keep an eye on little ones from the terrace;
- ☕️ snack bar & 🌈 children’s indoor play area;
- 🍏 salle hors sacs – the upstairs area is reserved for picnics;
Chalet La Livraz
You buy your forfaits for the site nordique at the ❄️ Chalet La Livraz . . . but this little chalet, is more than just 🎫 a caisse! It also offers ☕️ a café & snack bar – Deli’s Montagne – with 🌈 a children’s play area, 🍏 a salle hors sacs upstairs, 🚾 toilets and showers, and a salle de fartage (a place to sharpen and wax your skis);
My son was once invited to a February birthday party here . . . on the agenda? Sledging, fun in the snow and a goûter outdoors on the ☀️ sunny south-facing terrace!
Ski de Fond (Cross-Country Skiing)
Located behind the 🗻 Mont d’Arbois, and just before Côte 2000 and the Aiguilles Croches, ❄️ La Livraz is a beautiful site! You’ll be rewarded with 🎿 ski de fond pistes for all levels, green to black, as well as 🏹 initiation biathlon . . . 38km of pistes for skating or classic style, with some beginners pistes and also more technical ones like 🎿 La Livraz-Côte 2000 (18 km) – this is the new 🎿 piste de liaison between the ❄️ Chalet La Livraz and the 🎿 piste noire de la Côte 2000!
🎿 beginners and families: La Livraz really has been conceived with families in mind:
- it is FREE for children under 6 years!
- there is an easy 🎿 boucle d’initiation and the Nordic Ludic Park, with bumps, jumps and turns (for children 4+ years);
- Saturday afternoons, equipment is put out for children and there are lessons available from 14h (5€);
🎿 advanced: there are three red pistes and three black pistes for more experienced cross-country skiers, with dénivelés, technical turns, steeper descents and ascents, including the the 🎿 Javen circuit, with great views of the Lac de Javen, le Mont d’Arbois and Mont-Blanc! The 🎿 Planay-Planellet circuit is very peaceful and takes you into 🌲 the forest where you can sometimes spot a chamois or other wildlife.
🏹 initiation biathlon: ESF offers biathlon lessons;
[ good to know: ski nordique is immensely popular in Megève and there are actually 3 sites with 45km of cross country pistes: Mont d’Arbois – Encraty (10km, free access) / liaison with Le Bettex – St Nicolas de Véroce (15 km) / Odier – Plaine d’Arly (5km, free access) ]
Piste de Luge
Right next to the ❄️ Chalet La Livraz is a 🛷 small children’s sledging slope, with protective barriers . . . it is ideal as parents can keep an eye on little ones from the terrace! It is a small slope and reserved for children under 6 years!
We have had some memorable walks en famille up at the ❄️ Site Nordique La Livraz, and ☀️☃️ in all types of weather! We have pulled a 🛷 luge (with a reindeer passenger!), we have walked, the boys have tried out raquettes for the first time . . . It really is a great family day out . . . and if the weather turns, you have ☕️ a cosy, friendly indoor space to take refuge!
[ for a pdf map of the sentiers piétons, see here ]
☁️ a cloudy day raquettes expedition:
☀️ a sunny day raquettes expedition:
Further activities nearby
If you head up to the ❄️ Site Nordique La Livraz for a hike or ski, then there are other activities for family fun . . .
🦌 Elevages Rennes Domaine de Coulairon – reindeer in the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, and here you can visit the élevage! / various formules available (you need to book in advance): formule découverte, visit + goûter, and visit and dinner (in a typical Finnish Kota!) / you can also visit the 🐐 bergerie / 🗓 opening dates: ❄️ winter season (SHUT over the summer!) / website / FB page / reservations;
🛩 Altiport de Megève – for little plane-spotters . . . we’ve found some great mounds of snow nearby – guaranteed fun!
Paintball Experience Megève – paintball, lasergames, archery tag, airsoft . . . / 6 games areas / for 6+ years / website / address: chemin du Thorbiau, 74120, Megève;
🐺 La Grande-Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc – every year, this dog-sled race come to Megève in mid-January . . . and it starts in Côte 2000 and passes by the ❄️ Chalet La Livraz (arrive early to park, as it gets busy! / or take navette from centre of Megève);
Further Eating Options Nearby
☕️ La Ferme Auberge La Croix du Planay – it is a short snow-shoe walk up to the farm for goûter and farm produce / the first Christmas market there took place in 2019, reuniting local artisans / website and FB page;
🛩 Coucou Café (Altiport) – located right next to the altiport, so perfect for plane-spottng! / FB page / address: 3368 route de la Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;
☕️ Le Petit Lay (Côte 2000)– a restaurant located in a farmhouse, with a large play area outside! / address: 2177 route de la Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;
☕️ Restaurant Côte 2000 (Côte 2000) – a chic restaurant, located next to the ski area / FB page;
🗓 opening dates: from late December until late March (depending on snow conditions!);
🎟 price ski de fond: adults day 8€ and 1/2 day 6€; children 5€ and 1/2 day 4€ / FREE for under 6 years;
🗺 getting there: you can take the 🚌 Meg-bus ligne Mont d’Arbois-Côte 2000 for FREE (from centre of town or Mont d’Arbois);
🅿️ parking: space to park on-site;
🗺 address: 1250 route de la Côté 2000, 74120 Megève;