St Gervais

St Gervais Mont BlancSt GERVAIS MONT BLANC is a charming spa town, and as a spa resort, has attracted tourists since 1806. It became a ski resort as well with the opening of the first cable car to the Bettex as early as 1936! It has remained very French even into the Twenty First Century, and, despite huge recent British property investment, it remains a relatively undiscovered haven nestling between it's better known sisters, Chamonix and Megève. The main 'Voie Royale' climbers route and the summit of the Mont Blanc (4810 metres) are all in the commune of St Gervais. Above all, this a very friendly, Alpine 'living' village, not frequented by the package tour industry and with one of the prettiest ski areas anywhere in the Alps.

The main ski area of St Gervais has 130kms of pistes, with 36 lifts spread over the open spaces of the Mont Joly and the tree lined slopes of Mont Rosset. It links seamlessly into the Megève system, and the Evasion Mont Blanc ski pass covers 430 kms of pistes with a hands-free skipass set up. The slopes are accessed by a fast, 20-person gondola from the edge of the resort to Le Bettex. The new 'WOSP' snow park under the fast Mont Joux chairlift provides excellent entertainment for skiers, snowboarders and audience alike! Skiing on the Mont Blanc side of St Gervais is served by the Mont Blanc Tramway, a mountain railway that climbs slowly to the Col de Voza at 1,653m, where it links to the skiing above Les Houches.

St Gervais ski area & Mt Blanc

St Gervais has three nursery-slope lifts and two kindergartens. The ESF at St Gervais and St Nicholas, and the ESI at Le Bettex, all offer standard lessons, as well as cross-country, slalom, telemark or guiding. The two local mountain-guiding companies are Compagnie des Guides de St Gervais and Guides des Cimes, and both can organise heli-skiing (in Italy or Switzerland,) as well as ski- touring, snow shoeing and winter mountaineering.

St Gervais village has a small but excellent range of restaurants, from the good value 'L’Eterle' ( a lot more than just a simple pizzeria), through to the very fine 'Sérac. Le Galeta and Le Royal serve a variety of local specialities, while in St Nicholas, 'Le Coin du Feu', is well worth the detour. There are a good variety of bars, notably La Grange and the more fancy Pur Bar, with L'Oboose being very popular with the late-stop-out crowd because of it's atmosphere and live music.

St Gervais Church

Access:
8 kms from the end of the A40 autoroute, approx. 8 hour drive from Calais
50 minutes transfer from Geneva airport.
Village Altitude 850 m
Location Haute-Savoie

Evasion Mont Blanc Ski Area
Slopes 1400- 2350 m (with red piste down to St Gervais open January and February)
Number of ski runs 135
Number of Green ski runs 22
Number of Blue ski runs 42
Number of Red ski runs 52
Number of Black ski runs 19
St Gervais
Number of km of ski runs 430 km
Number of ski lifts 113
156 km of nordic skiing runs
Mont Joux 'WOSP' snowpark
2010 Evasion Adult Lift Pass price: 176 Euros for 6 days. 10% reduction for family of 4.
Free skibus

Activities in Winter:
Skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, paragliding, ice skating, in-door swimming pool, Spa centre

Activities in summer:
Walking, paragliding school,tandem paragliding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking climbing, glacier walking, tree adventure parks, tennis, outdoor heated swimming pool, horse riding,

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