You can take a chair hoist to Mont d'Arbois, at 1,800m (5,900 ft.), where a panorama unfolds of Mont Blanc as well as the Fis and Aravis massifs. Cable service operates from June 17 to September 5, every half-hour daily from 9am to 6pm, and costs 11€ round-trip. To reach the station, take route Edmond-de-Rothschild from the resort's center, past the golf course. Mont d'Arbois is a pocket of greater luxury in an already-posh resort. For information, call tel. 04-50-21-22-07.

The French Ski School, 176 rue de la Poste (tel. 04-50-21-00-97), is one of Europe's foremost, with 300 instructors for adults and 32 for children. Classes include the complete French skiing method, modern ski techniques, acrobatic skiing, cross-country skiing, and ski touring. The school is open December 20 to April daily 9am to 6:30pm.

A similar option is the Ecole de Ski Internationale, 273 rue de la Poste (tel. 04-50-58-78-88; Facilities include a Chamois gondola, which takes skiers to the mountain from the center of town; the Rocharbois cable car, linking the ski areas of Mont d'Arbois and Rochebrune; and a gondola and chairlift at the Rochebrune Massif. Skiing here appeals to both intermediates and experts. A 1-day ski pass (lift ticket) costs 35€. Prices for a 3-day pass start at 97€.

Megève Palais des Sports et des Congrès (Sports Palace and Assembly Hall), route du Jaillet (tel. 04-50-21-15-71), has two pools, saunas, an outdoor Olympic-size skating rink open year-round, a curling track, a body-building room, a bar, a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, an auditorium, conference rooms, and a gallery. Hours change with the seasons and event schedule; it's usually open daily 9am to 11pm (closed May-June).

Two Megève Highlights -- If you have the stamina, take the 15km (9 1/3-mile) footpath called the Route de la Croix (Way of the Cross) from the edge of town; it links more than a dozen country chapels. Nothing in Megève is more memorable than the annual Foire de la Croix, on the last Sunday of September. It marks the return of the herds from the high Alpine pastures. You can taste the farmers' bounty at dozens of stands at the fair, a tradition here since 1282.

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