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Skiing and Snowboarding in Saint Gervais Les Bains

Saint Gervais Les Bains, or simply St Gervais is a traditional and lively  French village, and ski resort located 850m up on the foot hills of Mont Blanc, close to the neighbouring villages of Le Fayet (580m), Saint Nicolas de Veroce (1150m) and les Bettex (1400m). Set in a narrow river gorge halfway between Megeve and Chamonix, the landscape is impressive wherever you look. The resort has attracted tourists since 1806 and today is popular with discerning skiers.
Local people live and work all year round in St Gervais. With a year round trade the resort is always full of life and offers excellent après-ski, interesting food shops, cosy and atmospheric bars and an Alpine market which takes place every Thursday morning. Tourists also will find here thermal baths with spa treatments, large indoor ice skating rink, casino, cinema, plenty of clubs and restaurants. Nevertheless, St Gervais is not a mass market resort, but an amazing Alpine resort which will offer you a memorable and lifetime winter vacation!

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The main route in St Gervais starts right from the resort, and is up Europe’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc. St Gervais’ ski area is vast and forms part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. It is the 4th largest ski area in France and has over 107 lifts, 220 actual ski runs which cover 445kms. It offers truly breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc and is linked with Megève from the slopes of Mont d'Arbois, accessed by 20-person gondola from the edge of the village. St Gervais is ideal for intermediate skiers who love to tally up the ski miles, or groups of mixed ability skiers. The whole ski area is relatively uncrowded and queues even in the height of the season are extremely rare. The ski day begins by taking the gondola from just outside the village which climbs up to Le Bettex – spectacular views from the gondola over the Mont Blanc massive beats any caffeine jolt to wake you up in the morning!
Le Bettex is a great area for beginners with nursery slopes to learn on. There are many green and blue slopes to progress on above the Megeve area. The slopes lead directly from St Gervais to Megeve. There can be found several ski schools with skilled instructors who will teach or help you to improve your skiing/snowboarding abilities; also they will tell you local stories and legends.
St Gervais is particularly recommended for good intermediates with long reds and blues through scenic locations. Some great intermediates slopes can be found directly above the town on Mont d’Arbois. Most of the pistes are classic trails cut through the woodland, many with wonderful views over to Mont Blanc.
The Mont Joly and Mont Joux sections offer the steepest slopes where some good off-piste can also be found; here advanced skiers will never get bored. There are 17 black slopes adding up to more than 40km of steep piste, and the ski school and mountain guides will be happy to take you to the region’s many off-piste assets, particularly on Mont Joly and Mont Joux.
St Gervais is a surprisingly good destination for snowboarders as well. The nearest park is the Snowpark Mont Joux near the Mont Joux chairlift. It features a hip, big air, several tables and multiple rails.
There are marked mountain walks for non skiers, and a choice of cross country trails (156 km) to follow, as well as three snow parks. The main attraction is the thermal spa centre, recently refurbished and extended to include an outdoor poor  and a series of relaxation rooms. Various treatments are available from soothing Indian head massages to invigorating water jets and spa waters heated to a balmy 37 degrees, as well as therapeutic sessions for skin ailments.
Saint Gervais ski season runs from December to April.
The resort of St Gervais is easiy reached from Cluses station or change trains there and get even closer. Trains run regularly from Paris and can be combined with the Eurostar from London. Geneva airport is an easy hour’s drive along the motorway, making the resort one of the better ones for a short break or touring holiday.
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