St Gervais-Les-Bains is a picturesque 19th century spa town located at the foot of the famous Mont Blanc. This small, traditional resort is centred around a wonderful pedestrian square with a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops.
As St Gervais is not a purpose-built resort, it has a year-round population which provides a lively atmosphere during each month of the year.
Winter sports takes over the village in the winter, with the short journey from Geneva airport making St Gervais an easily accessible resort for both weekend retreats and weeklong stays. The 20-person ‘Bettex’ gondola provides access to the Mont d'Arbois and the rest of the large Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, sharing 445km of pistes with neighbouring Megeve and Combloux.
The train station in St Gervais - Gare de St-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet – provides excellent links, including direct trains from Paris. By taking the wonderful St-Gervais–Vallorcine railway from the Le Fayet station below St Gervais you can embark on a scenic journey to Bionnassay Glacier and further afield to Chamonix.
For the time being, St Gervais is relatively empty of Brits and tour operators, with most property in the resort being privately owned. The traditional French Alpine atmosphere created by this is bringing an increase in popularity with British skiers and investors.
Altitude: 850m- 2600m
Ski area: – 445km
Nearest airport: Geneva (1 hour)
Nearest train station: St Gervais (local train connections), Sallanches (11km) serviced by TGV.
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