St Gervais and Les Contamines are part of the Evasion ski area - a huge area of around 445km of pistes, comprising the resorts of St Gervais, Megeve, St Nicholas de Veroce (which are all linked), and Les Contamines and Combloux which are only a short 10 minute drive away. Click here to see a piste map of the St Gervais area and here for Les Contamines areaYou'll need a photo for passes of three days or more, but they take these at the cable car through the glass so it's super quick and super easy.
Ski passes can be ordered online and delivered to you at home, or collected upon your arrival, as long as you've ordered them at least 10 days before your arrival. There are often deals to be had by prebuying, such as 6 days for the price of 5 and families of 4 (2 adults and 2+ children of less than 15 years old) get an additional 10% discount. Click here for details and to buy online
It's easy enough to buy them upon arrival too, at either the lift station when you arrive (on the afternoon before if you arrive early enough, before say 5pm) or at the tourist information the evening before up until they close (usually 19.30 at high season/ 19.00 low season).
The Nordic ski area in les Contamines covers 23.5 kilometres of groomed and signposted trails . Situated in beautiful alpine surroundings the area opens at the first sign of snow. (Click here for the Les Contamines cross country piste map). Skating and classic paces are possible on all slopes. The Nordic ski area is also equipped with an information centre, a picnic room with open fire, a free sledging area for kids, 3 kms of easy snow covered footpaths (free access) and 2 restaurants (La Vielle auberge & Le Pontet).
The Cross-Country ski area comprises 3 slopes : classic and skating + I beginners slope for all the family (classic only)
Green slope “les Lacs” (classic) = 4 km
Blue slope “les Chapelles” = 6 km
Red slope “le Belvédère” = 8,5 km
Black slope for Biathlon = 3 km
Access is free to the cross country initiation zone which can be found near the information centre. A 2km floodlight slope is open every Wednesday evening from 18:00 to 20:00 and access is free.
Les Contamines also has a Biathlon (cross country skiing and air rifle shooting) stadium.
The French Ski School (ESF) run safe, friendly and fun introductory courses. 2 hours: 25€
St Gervais has 30km of cross country pistes and access is free. Click here for the St Gervais Ski de Fond and snowshoeing course. There are pistes in 3 areas - Le Bettex, St Nicolas de Veroce and the Prarion. St Gervais cross country ski and snowshoeing map At St Nicolas de Veroce there is the 'Boulce du Plateau de la Croix', an easy, circular piste of 3km. A 5.5km red piste runs between St Nicolas de Veroce and Le Bettex. From Le Bettex there is a long blue run heading out towards Megeve. The Prarion can be accessed either by the Tramway du Mt Blanc or by the Prarion cable car in Les Houches. There is a 20 minute walk to access the blue and red pistes.
The Parc Thermal in Saint Gervais/Le Fayet is the perfect place to relax. The spa offers a range of medical, health and beauty treatments. There's an interesting article here by Sally Ann Voak, all about the thermal baths.
Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 47 54 57
There is an indoor olympic sized ice skating rink in St Gervais which is open all year and is one of the homes to the Mont Blanc ice hockey team and regularly hosts ice hockey matches during the season. A great evening out!
There are many activities that are available during the winter in St Gervais and the surrounding area. You can take Europe's highest cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi from Chamonix (25 - 30 minutes drive away) and once at the top you can eat in the restaurant or just take in the panoramic views on the viewing platforms.
Or take the Montenevers rack rail train will to the foot of the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), Europe's largest living glacier. Once at the glacier you can visit the Ice Grotto carved out of the glacier.
You could take a day trip to the beautiful city of Annecy, pop into Geneva (both only an easy hours drive from St Gervais), or nearby Megève or even Courmayer in Italy.
Go sledding with huskies in Les Contamines, prices start from 42 Euros for a day sled, and there are seveal packages available including evening ride with meal, or a 3 to 5 day outing. You can also visit the huskies in spring, summer and autumn.
Tel: +33 6 21 83 52 39