Skiing in St Gervais
In a nutshell: An elegant spa town lift-linked to an huge ski area, with a short transfer from Geneva
- Staying in the pleasant and full-of-character spa town is very different experience to most other French ski holidays
- As part of the Evasions Mont Blanc ski area there is a whopping 445km of piste to explore
- A really quick transfer from Geneva so great for ski weekends
We don’t like:
- No high-altitude skiing, and in a bad snow year you’ll have to take the gondola back to resort at the end of the day
- Limited skiing for experts
- Resort altitude: 860m
- Highest lift: 2,350m
- Lowest piste: 860m
- Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h
- Number of lifts: 105
- Number of runs:
- Green: 44
- Blue: 63
- Red: 82
- Black: 34
- Big ski area
- Traditional charm
- Great for intermediates
- Great for foodies
- Great for non-skiers
To give it its full name, Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains is an elegant 19th century spa town located at the base of Mont Blanc. As part of the vast Evasions Mont Blanc ski area it is lift linked to the resorts of Megeve and Combloux and offers some wonderful skiing, especially to intermediate skiers.
A St Gervais ski holiday is unlike most other french ski holiday, in that you’re staying in an historic spa town that has over 5000 permanent residents. As a result there is lots to do off the slopes and keep non-skiers happy for some time. For skiers wanting to take advantage of the quiet St Gervais ski runs and stay somewhere with a more “ski resort” feel, there is the option of staying in Le Bettex, further up the mountain.
As part of the Evasions Mont Blanc ski area, the skiing in St Gervais is excellent, and particularly well suited to leisurely intermediate skiers. Beginners are well catered for with some great nursery slopes at Le Bettex; there are green runs all over the mountain so beginners will be able to explore a lot of the area.
Advanced skiers will find limited challenges on piste other than the black runs at Mont Joly. However there is more challenging skiing and some fantastic off-piste skiing in Les Contamines, which is a 10 minute drive up the valley and can access by car or bus.
St Gervais is a low resort and there is limited skiing above 2000m which can effect snow quality. However, its location close to Mont Blanc attracts bountiful snowfall. Additionally, most of the runs are on grassland rather than rock (as is the case in higher resorts), so St Gervais only needs a small amount of snow to open the runs, making it good bet for early season skiing.