Resort guide to St Gervais - France

'Fin de Ciecle' architecture and huge ski area - just one hour drive from Geneva

St Gervais resort guide - a general overview

St Gervais is a beautiful spa town with baroque inspired architecture that has been attracting visitors since 1806, when the healing properties of the local spring water were first discovered. Today you can still swim in the healing spa waters of St Gervais' famous thermal parc at Le Fayet - now over 200 years old. St Gervais is a traditional French alpine town with many shops bars and restaurants including two Michelin starred establishments. To fully appreciate the mountain views we recommend taking the The Mont Blanc tramway to access the Bionnassay glacier. From the top there are fantastic views down the Chamonix Valley.

The town's spectacular location at the foot of the Mont Blanc Mountain and between the internationally renowned ski resorts of Chamonix and Megeve, have also made it a popular destination for winter and summer sports enthusiasts and mountaineers.

St Gervais is located in the centre of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, France's third largest ski domain with over 440km of interlinked pistes including Megeve, Combloux, St Nicolas de Veroce, Les Contamines and Bettex.

Access from the centre of St Gervais via the large gondola takes you directly to the ski areas of Bettex with its ESF ski school, Mont Arbois ski area and the Folie Douce après ski venue.

Resort stats


850m - 2,355m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • Huge ski area (France's 3rd largest ski domain) - great for beginners & intermediates
  • Scenic setting with great alpine views
  • Charming resort centre with some good shopping
  • Some great restaurants from Michelin stars to good value
  • Easy access from Geneva makes it a good weekend destination


  • Rather slow and inefficient lifts can be frustrating for those looking to eat the miles
  • Although there is good snow making the lower slopes are low
  • Not many challenging pisted runs

St Gervais Resort Restaurants

St Gervais is brilliant for foodies. Here you will see local restaurants serving Michelin-starred quality food at a fraction of the price, in a superb alpine location. Restaurant Le Serac is just one of the highly recommended eateries in St Gervais, with an excellent wine list and quality service to compliment the outstanding French menu, this place is certainly a gastronomic delight and fully worthy of its Michelin star. For somewhere a bit more relaxed head to La Pasta Pave, a family run French restaurant which serves fantastic pizzas and pasta. We also love Brasserie du Mont Blanc for its huge burgers and speciality mountain dishes.

St Gervais Mountain Restaurants

As there are so many good quality mountain restaurants in St Gervais, it's advisable to make reservations for lunchtime as they get packed out very quickly! Don't miss the Sous Les Freddy's which is halfway down the Vardasses on the right. This place serves tasty regional specialities and has a large sun terrace for you to relax on. Also try and head to Espace Mont Joux which has excellent Plats du Jour at sensible prices.

St Gervais Apres Ski

Limited apres ski scene.

St Gervais Nightlife

Limited nightlife and party scene.

St Gervais Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
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