Resort Profile: Saint Gervais

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Saint Gervais is a small town that is tucked away behind Mont Blanc. It was an old-fashioned spa town that was very popular in the early 1800s and as it is a real town it has plenty to offer. It has plenty of classic stone buildings and wonderful architecture as well as some awesome ironwork and sculptures.

But Saint Gervais is not just a scenic town, it is also a cracking ski resort that is much larger than the town lets on. In fact, in a week you will have barely enough time to ski the entire area. It is best suited for good intermediates, however experts and beginners will also be able to enjoy themselves for the entire week due to the size and variety of the resort.

The large ski area is linked with Megève and the resort is also only 4km from the motorway exit and TGV train station. There are plenty of ski-lined slopes that are great for the beginners, the best area for beginners is most certainly Le Bettex which accessible from the top of the main gondola from the resort centre. Le Bettex has plenty of nursery slopes as well as some decent tree-lined slopes that are great for developing your skills on.

If you are an intermediate rider or skier then Saint Gervais is perfect for you. There are plenty of cracking intermediate runs with long reds and blues through plenty of scenic locations. The more advanced skiers and snowboarders out there are more likely to want to head off piste where there is an abundance of terrain to choose from.

Also, if freestyling is your thing, then you have one of the best snow parks in the region at your fingertips that is sure to please you.

Saint Gervais is beautiful and no matter where you are or what you do you are always overlooked by Europe’s highest peak. There are also a number of other activities available to you including hot air ballooning, paragliding or the Tramway du Mont Blanc, which is one of the last three narrow-gauge railways in France today. If you take this train during the winter it can take you to skiing in Prarion/Bellevue.

The Highlights

- Huge skiable area
- Linked with Megève
- Perfect resort for intermediates
- Wonderfully scenic town
- Town open all year round
- Overlooked by Mont Blanc

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