In just an hour, your Mountain Drop-offs shuttle transfer will whisk you from the airport at Geneva to St Gervais. To get there, it’s an easy cruise along the A40, before you turn off and head up into the hills to the delightful centre of St Gervais. Thanks to our air conditioned, long-wheel based transfer vehicles, your journey to St Gervais will be comfortable and quick – right to your door!
And when we talk about St Gervais, we should actually say Saint Gervais-Les-Bains-Le Fayet, to give this bustling little mountain market town it’s full name. Stretching from Le Fayet on the bottom of the valley floor but the motorway, right up to the summit of Mont Joly at 2525m, Saint Gervais is a lively, growing commune that offers a pleasant mix of being a holiday resort and a ‘proper’ town in its own right.Guide section
St Gervais at the summit of Mont Blanc
It might surprise you when you we say that, strictly speaking, Mont Blanc is in Saint Gervais, not Chamonix! What’s more, the summit is moving. Mont Blanc was always thought to be 4807m, until geometricians in 2007 measured it at 4810m. In 2015 it was sitting at 4808,73m and in 2017 it’s a smidgeon smaller at 4808,72m (this is great stuff for dinner parties and pub quizzes isn’t it?!).
The vast majority of alpinists who attempt Mont Blanc setting off from the Nid d’Aigle high above Les Houches are technically doing so from Saint Gervais. This route is called the ‘Voie Royale’ or the classic route and involves a long, hard slog via the Tête Rousse and Gouter refuges to attain that famous summit – and hundreds attempt it every summer.
Varied skiing from St Gervais
If all that sounds far too strenuous, there is plenty to keep all the family occupied in both winter and summer in St Gervais. If you’re all about the skiing, you will love the range of pistes on offer. The main uplift is the Saint Gervais – Bettex bubble lift, where there is a massive free car park and regular navettes through town to take you there. You can also access the slopes from the St Nicolas de Veroce area and halfway up the slopes at Bettex itself.
Once you’re up there you’re linked directly to the pistes of Megeve too, so there’s plenty to explore, all with plenty of viewpoints to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Mont Blanc. There’s a good choice of mountain restaurants, from rustic to self-service and there’s even La Folie Douce. Once again, Megève might claim it, but this famous apres-ski bar and restaurant actually sits in St Gervais, at Mont Joux, so you can party on the pistes too.
Summer biking and hiking in St Gervais
In summer it’s all about the great outdoors and mountain sports. If you’re a road biker there are some fabulous routes that traverse St Gervais and mountain bikers are well looked after too, with a good selection of trails with easy access via lifts. Those lifts also carry hikers and walkers up and down the mountains, where you can visit farms and buy the tastiest cheeses and other fresh goodies direct from the producers.
A ‘proper’ year-round market town
St Gervais’s town centre is a true delight at any time of year. With the centre now bypassed by a road bridge, it is a great place to sit outside an have a coffee, take a meander around the weekly market (held on Thursdays all year round) and generally just take in everyday life in bustling little Saint Gervais. There are just enough bars and restaurants to satiate your appetite, without it becoming a rowdy après-ski resort. With many grand hotels having been built at the turn of the 18th century, lots have been turned into rather lovely restaurants and bars.
Discover all that St Gervais has to offer year round
Mountain Drop-offs runs transfer to Saint Gervais all year round, so whether you’re basking in summer sunshine at the outdoor pool, or clocking up the miles on the pistes in winter before dancing your ski socks off at the Folie Douce, we can take you there. Here’s our reminder of activities on offer in and around the town and resort of St Gervais.content-activities.php
All aboard the Tramway Mont Blanc, for a voyage to the peaks on France’s highest rack and pinion railway. Setting off from next to the main train station in Le Fayet and going via St Gervais and various hidden mountain hamlets on the way, you arrive at Col de la Voza in the middle of the Les Houches ski area. In summer the train carries on to Nid d’Aigle at 2372m (the starting point for the ‘classic’ Mont Blanc ascension route), whilst in winter the terminus is sunny Bellevue at 1800m. A must-do.
The Saint Gervais commune has invested a lot of money in the sports centre. It boasts top class tennis courts and a swimming centre, meaning you can play a few sets of tennis and then plunge into the pools afterwards. As well as the 17x10m outdoor pool, there’s a 25m long indoor pool and a 43m2 leisure pool (with a kiddie area too), plus a relaxing a sauna and hamman. It’s situated on the road out of St Gervais towards Les Contamines.
Go bungee jumping! Saint Gervais is very proud of the road bridge that opened in 2012. Sitting 90m above the Bonnet gorge allows traffic to by-pass the town centre. Now some bright spark has decided it’d be fun to bungee jump off it. We can’t think of anything worse, but the Bungee Mont Blanc is incredibly popular and open to all adrenaline freaks from 13 years of age. Get ready to cry ‘Un..deux..trois..BUNGEE!’ as you plummet off the bridge over the very deep gorge…
Fly through the trees at the tree top adventure park in the middle of the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet (the town below St Gervais). It’ll have kids (and adults) squealing with delight and/or fear as you zip along on the high wires, clamber along rope bridges and generally have a whale of a time halfway up a tree. There are trails of varying difficulty, so adventurers as young as four can give it a go.
Relax and revitalise in Les Bains du Mont Blanc in the tranquil setting of the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet, situated at the bottom of the hill below St Gervais. Make the most of the thermal waters (naturally heated to 39 degrees) all year round and discover the 1000m2 thermal spa. A three hour entry ticket gives you plenty of time to enjoy the relaxation rooms, the bubble therapies and the outdoor pool too and you can indulge in massage and beauty therapies too.
In winter many of the events of St Gervais revolve around mountain sports. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll be treated to lots of traditional parades and fairs that proudly show off St Gervais’s agricultural heritage. In both seasons there are cultural and artistic events too. Check back here for regular St Gervais event updates.
Every year Saint Gervais gets the giggles thanks to the town’s very own comedy festival. There are all sorts of acts on the bill and you can even vote for your favourite rising star. Programme information for the 2019 edition to come!
That’s our introduction to St Gervais for you. Remember, all this and a whole lot more is just an hour away on your transfer bus from Geneva Airport to St Gervais. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, decent ski schools, a good variety of pistes and a nice town to chill out in at night, St Gervais is a top choice. And yes, you’ve got those Mont Blanc views too!