Lying in the shadow of Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc, are the ski resorts and chalets of Megeve and St Gervais, France. Ideally located for exploring all that the Haute Savoie department has to offer and showcasing magnificent facilities for both winter and summer holidays, the St Gervais – Megeve area caters for all types, budgets and experience of skiing holiday and holiday accommodation.
There is a huge amount to do at any time of year in a holiday rental chalet in the St Gervais – Megeve region. The thermal spas of St Gervais make it a popular centre for well-being all year round, and further facilities are supplied to support the year round tourism here. Shops, restaurants and cafes remain open all year round, and there is plenty of evening entertainment, provided not only by the bars and restaurants, but also by the Megeve Casino, Turkish baths, sauna and indoor skating rink.
During the ski season, a chalet in Megeve or St Gervais allows downhill, cross country, off-piste and heli-skiing, snowmobiles, paragliding and an extensive snow park for snowboarders.
During the summer, the range of activities on offer dramatically increases. The thermal spas get into full swing as mountain bikers, walkers, and mountaineers return from the slopes after a hard days sport. Cycling, climbing and walking holidays to St Gervais – Megeve can take full advantage of the holiday properties as fishing, paragliding, white water rafting and even golf facilities start to come to life.
Megeve can lay claim to the record as the first purpose built ski resort in France. Here, charming wooden chalets, picturesque scenery and a charming atmosphere mean that the holiday rental chalets in Megeve have been well used since the first one was built in the 1920’s. The nightlife in Megeve is slightly livelier than in St Gervais, with loud jazz bars, clubs and a range of lively bars to choose from. Megeve oozes old fashioned charm, and has become an exclusive place to rent a holiday home or gite.
St Gervais is also a charming, traditional alpine village, which boasts its own thermal springs and magnificent panoramic views of Mont Blanc. St Gervais not only has a range of superb restaurants, cafes and cozy bars, but it also has one of the best snow parks in Haute-Savoie, having hosted the French Snowboard Championships.
Les Contamines is a resort catering for all abilities. If you have a mixed ability party looking for St Gervais - Megeve accommodation, Les Contamines is a good bet. As well as a range of pistes, there is also extensive off-piste to be enjoyed.
Summers in the St Gervais – Megeve area are remarkably warm, which is why cycling, walking, horse riding and climbing holidays to the area in the summer are so popular. Winters are of course cold, but in relation to many ski resorts, especially in America, winters are mild, with average temperatures of around 0°C.
The closest airport to any of the St Gervais or Megeve gites, chalets or villas is Geneva Airport (GVA), roughly an hour away. easyJetrun regular cheap flights to Geneva, and there are regularly good deals available. Alternatively, the SNCF runs trains to Le Fayet/St Gervais from Chamonix.