ST GERVAIS, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in St Gervais, France
St Gervais is a picturesque, elegant nineteenth century spa town with retro chic buildings and pretty riverside and shares a ski domain with upmarket Megeve. The 4810m summit of Mont Blanc rises on the communal territory of Saint Gervais. The village thus disposes of the most extreme difference in altitude in Europe: from 580 to 4810 metres. From hiking to mountaineering, the natural decor of Saint Gervais offers numerous walking possibilities between villages
- Off piste
Skiing in St Gervais
There are over 200 runs, making up 445km of pistes that are covered in the Evasion Mont Blanc pass for the whole area. The Evasion Mont-Blanc ski pass covers the large area of Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas, La Giettaz, Megeve and Combloux and also includes the slopes at Les Contamines-Montjoie and Les Houches (accessed by the Mont Blanc Tramway).
The resort is best suited to families, beginners and intermediates who enjoy long cruisy runs and a quaint village character. Below Mont Joly, is also where advanced skiers can find some steeper runs so the resort is also a good option for mixed ability groups too.
The beginner area of green and blue slopes in resort is located at the top of the mountain, accessible by a two stage gondola lift. This part of the resort also doesn’t have any advanced slopes so skiers and snowboarders have the freedom to explore with confidence.
For intermediates, the area is full of cruising runs throughout its extensive terrain. St Nicolas area also is a quieter part of the resort and has very scenic tree-lined runs. Skiers and snowboarders will also be able to ski back into the resort village by a newly built red run.
For advanced and expert skiers, there is the ability to ski to neighbouring resort of Chamonix which accommodates more for this level. However, in St Gervais there are black runs that run from Mont d’Arbois through the trees that are often ungroomed. There are mogul fields under the Mont Joux chairlift and at the top of Marmire and if your less confident on the steeps, maybe a confident intermediate looking to develop, then the Princesse black run is a good option as it isn’t the typical steepness of a black run.
Off piste skiing here is actually more tailored to beginners and intermediates, so the resort is a good option for those looking to try off piste out but there are also a few runs for more advanced skiers.
Snow conditions in St Gervais
St Gervais’s lifts reach altitudes of 2,350m so the resort does have dependable snow conditions. The resort also has snow making machines on 50km of its runs.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in St Gervais
Visitors can enjoy a hot air balloon ride, paragliding, an indoor swimming pool, ice skating, spa centre, showshowing, cinema and also a trip on the Tramway du Mont Blanc which is one of the last three narrow gauge railways in France. The tramway goes up to Prarion and to the top of Les Houches in Chamonix where you can explore 55km of runs under a separate Les Houches or Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass. St Gervais is also famous for its thermal baths, dating back to 1806. St Gervais baths are reputed for treating dermatological conditions due to their anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and heal skin.
For apres ski, St Gervais-Megeve has a La Folie Douce at the foot of its slopes which brings a vibrant party atmosphere. Megeve resort has a more lively apres ski feel but if you are looking for a more laid back vibe, then the resort has a number of relaxed bars and restaurants that don’t have the extortionate ski resort price tag to it.
Transfer times to St Gervais
Annecy (NCY) - 1hr
Chambery (CMF) - 1hr 15mins
Geneva (GVA) - 1hr 30mins
Ski Hire in St Gervais
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in St Gervais. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in St Gervais:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£72||£58|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£104||£72|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£125|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£135|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to St Gervais here
St Gervais Reviews
Great place snow not good on all slopes , think I would return because it has great runs for intermediate skiers but it needs more snow this year.
Apres Ski: 3/5