Ski resorts by train

St Gervais - introduction

The spa town of St-Gervais-les-Bains dates back to 1806 and, while barely known by British tourists, it’s been popular with French tourists virtually ever since. Overshadowed by its glossier, better-known neighbours, Chamonix and Megève, Saint-Gervais is nevertheless rich in beautiful old buildings and sculpture, and oozes authentic French charm with weekly food markets, cosy wine bars and restaurants.

Located in a narrow gorge at the foot of the towering Mont d’Arbois and Mont Blanc and surrounded by spectacular mountains, Saint-Gervais certainly ticks the ‘beautiful Alpine setting’ box.

The resort incorporates four settlements – Le Fayet (580m), the Savoyard market town of Saint-Gervais itself (850m), the tiny baroque village of Saint-Nicholas de Véroce (1,150m) and Le Bettex (1,400m), a smattering of hotels and chalets on the slopes.

A gondola takes skiers from just outside the centre of town to Mont d’Arbois, from where the neighbouring slopes of Megève are easily accessed. Most skiers buy an Evasion Mont-Blanc ski pass, which also incorporates the resorts of St-Nicolas de Véroce, Combloux, Les Contamines and Les Houches.

Taken together with Megève, Saint-Gervais offers skiers of all levels (although intermediates in particular) plenty of terrain, much of it wooded with superb views. It’s also possible to by a 'Skipass Mont-Blanc' to access the entire Chamonix valley, which can be reached by fairly efficient local buses.

Saint-Gervais is a charming, affordable and family-friendly resort which deserves to be better known by British skiers. Yet, for Saint-Gervais devotees, a large part of its appeal is that it genuinely is a hidden gem.


  • Affordable base from which to explore the extensive Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area
  • Charming, family-friendly town
  • Good non-ski activities
  • Pretty, uncrowded woodland slopes


  • Saint-Gervais’ local slopes can suffer from low altitude in bad snow conditions
  • Limited après-ski and nightlife

Evasion Mont Blanc piste map

Ski area
Village Altitude
Ski Altitude
1400m - 2350
Green Runs
Blue Runs
Red Runs
Black Runs
Total Runs 173
Terrain Park
Cabin Lifts
Chair Lifts
Drag Lifts
Total Lifts 84