Overview of Ski Area
Nostalgia and superb skiing await at Évasion Mont-Blanc, which features a staggering 445km of slopes and a region that has firmly stuck to its roots. This means that you will find picturesque villages, old farmhouses and Baroque churches all within a sublime setting. This creates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere which is ideal for families.
Resorts in Évasion Mont-Blanc
MAIN SKI RESORTS IN ÉVASION MONT-BLANC
Overview of Ski Resort
Known for hosting a ski cross World Cup, a mogul skiing cup and an international curling tournament, Megève is a charming resort which retains a partly medieval centre with cobbled streets, no cars, a beautiful church and horse-drawn sleighs. It also has great shops, restaurants and numerous activities off the slopes.
Three local skiing regions provide for all abilities but it is beginners who benefit most, with many easy and scenic slopes. However, there are a few more challenging runs and the option to explore further afield for experts.
- Cross Country
Beginners will benefit from nursery slopes at valley level, as well as more snow-sure ones on each of the main mountains. There are numerous easy greens for them to progress to.
Opportunities abound in the area of intermediates – and at every sector too. For the less confident there are long blue runs throughout, whilst the more confident will want to head to the back of Mont d’Arbois and Mont Joux, as well as the front of Rochebrune. La Giettaz has excellent red/black runs.
Advanced skiers will love the fact that there is little competition for the powder, with a number of runs un-groomed straight after snowfall. For the steepest runs, you will want to venture to the Mont Joly and Mont Joux, with Cote 2000 featuring a few steep slopes and off-piste terrain.
Cable cars and gondolas are used for main access and there are a few fast chairs. It is generally quiet, but expect queues if you visit on sunny weekends or on school holidays.
There is a good sports centre, complete with a spa, pool, and indoor and outdoor ice rinks. Shops and cinemas line the streets of the village, and snowshoeing, hot air balloon rides and dog sledding are just some of the unique activities that ski companions can try here.
Megève is not known for its après scene and it can be very quiet in the evenings. The Cocoon has live music and sports on the television, whilst The 5 Rues jazz club is worth visiting. It is open all evening and pulls some big musicians from time to time.
There are great dining options, both pricey upmarket places and cheaper options. Flocons Villages is one restaurant that gets consistently fantastic reviews and Table du Trappeur is another popular venue. Megève has a lot of gourmet mountain restaurants, but there are also a handful of snack bars next to the pistes for an alternative.
Overview of Ski Resort
Somewhat unexplored by British skiers, Saint Gervais is a brilliant resort with a traditional Alpine charm. It is typically French with relaxing wine bars, cosy restaurants and atmospheric weekly food markets. In addition to the wonderful setting, Saint Gervais features decent skiing with many using it as a base to explore the wider Évasion Mont-Blanc region.
The majority use Saint Gervais as a springboard to explore the incredible Évasion Mont-Blanc region, which boasts 445km of spectacular slopes. This includes 219 slopes, 107 ski lifts and 650 snow making machines.
Located at only 800m, Saint Gervais is regarded to have unreliable snow, but there are highlights around for all levels. Novices can enjoy picturesque nursery slopes at Le Bettex, as well as tree-lined easy runs above Megève. Directly above Mont Joly and Mont d’Arbois you will find perfect intermediate terrain, whilst La Giettaz and Combloux are also ideal and often very quiet. For the experts, steep black runs including Cote 2000 and l’Èpaule will provide quite the adrenaline rush. The untouched off-piste is also a highlight for advanced skiers.
The charming four settlements have plenty of excellent facilities and activities, but many simply enjoy sitting back in one of the cosy cafes or bars to soak up the atmosphere.
On the slopes, there is a snow park with jumps and boxes, as well as an excellent ski camp with challenges and activities.
There is not a huge après scene here and you are best suited elsewhere if this is what you are looking for. However, Saint Gervais is a great place for a relaxed evening with fine food and a few quiet drinks. For those seeking somewhere lively, a few options include Oboose Café, Le Duplex and the Karma Lounge Club.
Foodies will love Saint Gervais and the variety of eateries here, as you will discover authentic restaurants, a wide choice of cuisine and good value. La Galeta is an exquisite venue with wood grilled dishes, whilst Le Serac is a Michelin-star restaurant. There are also many great mountain restaurants to choose from, including Les Marmottes and Le Presteau.
How to Get to Évasion Mont-Blanc
Due to its close proximity to Geneva, Évasion Mont-Blanc is a popular choice and it is a stress-free and relatively short journey to the region.
Geneva (GVA) airport is 70km away and a transfer will take just an hour. Chambéry (CMF) is 131km away and will take approximately an hour and 20 minutes, whilst Lyon (LYS) is 180km away and will take around 2 hours.
A Shuttle Direct transfer from any of these airports to your resort will be the easiest method of transport, plus they will transport your ski equipment for no added charge.
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