Ski St-Gervais by Train

450 km of piste between 850-2350m

St-Gervais is unusual for France in that it is a winter sports resort that has bags of charm. The town lies not far from Mont-Blanc - indeed the peak lies within the municipality, and you get some magnificent views of the massif. It has a good range of facilities in the town itself, with an ice-rink, a spa, good shopping and a reasonably good nightlife. Nearby Megève, linked by the ski area they share, is an attractive, rather well-heeled resort, popular with the crowd you might see in Zurs, Cortina or St Moritz and significantly pricier than is the case of St-Gervais. The slopes between the two resorts are extensive, albeit relatively low, with plenty of off-piste if the snow conditions are good. It is also far less busy than the other mega-resorts in France and attracts far fewer of the package holiday brigade. All round it is a good destination for intermediates and snowboarders.

Ski St-Gervais by train

The railway station at Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet is a popular destination for railway buffs with three different gauge railways converging at the station, but it is also less than two hours from Geneva by train, making it a plausible alternative to Chamonix as a ski destination using only public transport. The best way to access the slopes is to use the TMB (Tramway de Mont-Blanc) which takes you to Saint-Gervais-Ville, from where you can take the free skibus that operates throughout the winter season to the gondola station at Le Chatelet. The skibus schedule for St-Gervais is here. By foot the gondola station is about 15 minutes from the town centre. You can also stay on the TMB to access a separate ski area at les Houches.

Getting to St-Gervais by Train

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Zweisimmen. Station adjacent to Gondola (left out of station). Note that the lift pass is good for all lifts in Gstaad Mountain Rides and on all local buses and the railway as far as Rossinière. Stations at Saanenmöser, Schönried, Saanen, Rougement and Château-d'Oex are all a few minutes walk from valley stations.

Piste Map for St-Gervais

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