The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 1 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 2 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Gallery

  • St Gervais-Megève ski area

Key facts covers:

  • Evasion Mont Blanc (St-Gervais and Megève)

Key facts

Resort850 m
Slopes850-2355 m
Lifts88
Pistes325 km
Price index90

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St-Gervais

France

St Gervais-Megève ski area

The upside

  • Pleasant town with access to two major ski areas
  • Appreciably cheaper than Megève
  • Extensive easy slopes, with a great sense of travel
  • Scenic setting, with splendid views

The downside

  • Most of the slopes are below 2000m, so there’s a risk of poor snow
  • Lots of slow old lifts remain in both sectors
  • Few challenging pistes, though there is good off-piste
  • Not ideal for beginners
  • Only one run back to resort level

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News – 2016/17

Over the hill in Megève, a big new sports centre – Le Palais – has opened with an Olympic size indoor pool, indoor and outdoor saunas and fitness pools with bubbles, steam room, gym, climbing room, spa treatments, and more.

Summary

St-Gervais is a handsome 19th-century spa town set in a narrow gorge, sharing Megève’s ski area and that of Les Houches in the Chamonix valley. It is an urban but pleasant place that makes a cheaper alternative to staying in Megève, and a good base for exploring nearby resorts. There are no easy runs at resort level, so it’s not a good choice for beginners. The risk of poor snow still makes us wary of low resorts like this. But it is true that a few inches is enough to give skiable cover on the grassy slopes, and when there’s fresh snow falling this is a great place to be.

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The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 1 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 2 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Gallery

  • St Gervais-Megève ski area

Key facts covers:

  • Evasion Mont Blanc (St-Gervais and Megève)

Key facts

Resort850 m
Slopes850-2355 m
Lifts88
Pistes325 km
Price index90

Linked resorts