Ski area Summary
The main Evasion Mont Blanc ski area is a huge and varied one - with 500km of downhill
pistes, as well as snowparks and cross country trails. The St Gervais gondola links directly into this - and is mere minutes from the apartment.
Skiing & Snowboarding
"St Gervais Mont Blanc" is 130km of slopes,
34 ski lifts. This covers the runs on the Monts Joly, Joux and d'Arbois
between St Gervais and Megeve.
"Evasion Mont Blanc" is 445km of slopes, 103
ski lifts - covers the area mentioned above extended to the whole Megeve network plus Combloux, Jaillet and Les Contamines. This is your most likely
choice for intermediate and advanced skiers on a week long holiday.
Click to enlarge the "Evasion Mont Blanc" piste map.... and
look for the yellow arrow showing the location of the apartment!)
Local areas not linked by lift from St Gervais include:
Just a few minutes drive down the valley - this area is included in the
"Evasion Mont Blanc" list pass.
Les Houches At the bottom end of the Chamonix valley - either a short drive from St
Gervais or - more interestingly - accessible via the TMB (Mont Blanc Tramway)
Chamonix A world famous resort, with challenging slopes - and just 30 minutes drive from St Gervais.
Courmayeur - a bit further afield - you will need to drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel near Chamonix, and is therefore about an hour from St Gervais - so it is certainly possible to have a full days skiing in Italy during your visit!
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing makes a change from the rush of downhill skiing or snowboarding, and in mixed ability groups is a great leveler - skills in alpine skiing do not translate to cross country! If you haven't tried it before, its therefore great fun to give it a try. Cross country takes you away from the main pistes into the forests and some spectacular settings. Special skis and shoes are needed but these are hired easily and very cheaply from any rental store.
Here are a couple of local routes (click on the small map for the full size image)
Bettex - the ski station one stop up on the St Gervais cable car.
Prarion - accessible via the Mont Blanc Tramway station in the town centre.
There are plenty of other cross country routes in nearby Les
The St Gervais slopes are ideal for discovering the activity of snowshoeing. The tourist office will advise on arranging hire of shoes, guided treks and even night time treks including a meal. A pdf of suggested routes will give you some inspiration!
New for 2007/8 season, you can hire snow scooters and have guided trips.Accro Bike (Tel : 04.50.47.76.77 / 06.08.47.17.34 78, impasse de la Bédière (next to the Tennis/Swimming Club)
The St Gervais tourism website has a full
listing of all ski hire shops. We can particularly recommend "Nerey
Sports", which is conveniently on the main road just below the apartment
- and is well stocked with the latest ski and snowboard equipment. As an alternative Claude Penz Sports is at Bettex (the main gondola mid-station - just as you exit) and is a larger shop with the facility to store hired equipment overnight.
St Gervais has two main ski schools, the ESF being by far the larger. Group or individual lessons are available in all disciplines, plus specialist courses and guiding. If you are new to the area, and don't need lessons, your group can still hire an instructor to show you the best the local slopes have to offer.
Ecole du Ski Francais
Located at Edelweiss sports shop in Bettex.
Off piste Guides etc
The ski schools above will offer off piste courses, but there are also specialised
guiding companies, where you can arrange off piste, Vallée Blanche, ski touring, heli-skiing, snow shoe walks, ice climbing and plenty