ST GERVAIS LES BAINS
St Gervais-les-Bains is a traditionally-French town nestled in the French Alps. A picturesque region, St. Gervais is not your standard, purpose-built, ski town. It is a stunning and bustling village which welcomes tourists and locals alike, all year around.
It has 450 km of ski pistes, reputed to be the third largest domain exclusively in France, and is one of the least busy ski areas of its size. A 20-minute drive east, and you're in the luxurious, exclusive town of Megeve. A half-an-hour drive, and you're in the popular region of Chamonix; home to the Aiguille-du-Midi. It is just a 60-minute drive from Geneva airport.
RESTAURANTS & NIGHTLIFE
The vibrant village is bursting with different restaurant, cafe and nightlife options, while the slopes are ram-packed with eateries for all budgets and lunch styles, whether you prefer a quick sandwich, or a long, lazy lunch.
Some of our favourite places to eat include Le Galeta, Le Ferme du Cupelin, Brasserie du Mont Blanc and Le Tremplin. On the slopes, we're partial to a good afternoon party at Le Folie Douce, while in the village, we also like a spot of breakfast at one of the many patisseries.
The chalet is located a 5-minute drive from Le Bettex. It's also a 10-minute drive from the new six-man chair lift, Chattrix, in St Nicolas De Veroce.
Both lifts provide access to the Evasion Mont Blanc ski domain, which is the third-largest ski area within France, allowing access to over 200 ski lifts and 400km of skiing.
The pass covers the areas of Saint Nicolas De Veroce, Les Contamines, La Combloux & Megeve. You can also purchase the Unlimited Ski pass which enables you access to St Gervais, Les Houches, all of the Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur and Verbier.
SUMMER IN ST. GERVAIS
St. Gervais is not your typical ski town. There is even more on offer in this beautiful region in the summer months. High mountain walks are a common activity, commencing from St Gervais or Les Contamines and trekking to summer mountain refuges where you can stay overnight for long hikes, or stop for lunch in the sun; with glaciers within touching distance.
Similarly, St. Gervais is the starting point to climb Mont Blanc, catching the tramway Mont Blanc which will drop you off at Nid Aigle. Other activities include rock climbing at Ferrata, Go Ape at Le Fayet, water rafting, canyoning, road biking and mountain biking - catch Le Bettex lift and use the ski runs which are turned into bike runs. It is also just a 30-minute drive to Courmayer in Italy.