St Gervais les Bains, situated at the foot of Mont Blanc with stunning scenery is the main entrance to the Evasion Mont Blanc with its 277 miles of ski slopes and a range of winter activities.
Skiing/Snowboarding (December to April)
The resort offers 4 different ski slopes levels: 34 black (expert) slopes, 80 red (advanced)slopes, 63 blue (easy) slopes and 42 green (beginner) slopes which gives you plenty of options whatever your ski level is. The 650 snow guns guarantee plenty of good-quality snow.
St Gervais is very beginner-friendly, with plenty of ski schools dotted around the area. The majestic landscape and view makes this a perfect ski resort to be initiated into the sport.
With one single Ski-Pass, you can ride on 6 different resorts: Saint-Gervais, Saint-Nicolas, Megève, Les Contamines-Montjoie Hauteluce, Combloux, and La Giettaz.
Ski Pass price : EUR 225 per week per adult (source: http://skipass.ski-saintgervais.com/en/tarifs)
Ski equipment for hire: EUR 50 per day for skis/snowboards/boots/helmet.
Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson (December to April)
There are a multitude of ski schools or private instructors to choose from. Only ski instructors who are qualified to teach in France can practice in the Alps. Therefore you are in safe hands. English speaking instructors also available.
It is highly recommended if no one in your party can ski and it is essential that someone can show you some alpine etiquette as a beginner.
Price : EUR 360 per guide per day for up to 4 people.
Ski de Fond (December to May)
Also known as Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Skiing, this is an activity that takes place on the Valley floor, where the views are just as amazing!
Its not as strenuous as downhill but just as enjoyable.Perfect for those who are after a more serene experience, although it is a lung busting workout.
Snowshoeing (November to May)
This mix of skiing and equestrianism is perfect for nature lovers. Derived from the Norwegian word “Skikjøring” meaning ski driving, this sport has been practiced since as far back as 2500 BC.
Ski Joëring can be practiced by anyone who loves skiing and horses. Whether the horse be at a gentle stroll or at a thrilling gallop, this is a sport that both the young and old can enjoy.
Ski Joëring is practiced on trails far from the hustle and bustle of the ski pistes in the calm of nature. The horse wears a harness with rectangular flap for the skier to hold. The skier then is pulled by the strength of the horse giving a sensation similar to a drag lift but much more rewarding.
Skiers can enjoy beginner courses, simple promenades in the woods, fast paced adventures, nighttime tours and more.
Huskies sled ride (December to April)
Realise your dreams and discover dog sledging within the impressive Mont-Blanc Mountain range.
If you like dogs even just a little bit, then dog sledding is exciting. Not for the speed – it’s just a little more than walking pace – but for the pleasure of being with such beautiful animals. They’re normally Alaskan Huskies or sometimes the bigger and stronger, but much harder to manage, Greenland Huskies.
The dog sledging company operating around the Chamonix valley offers everything from the chance to sit in a sled, to learning to mush a team, usually of 3 to 4 dogs to start with.
Ice Climbing (January to March)
Period: January and February (according to snow and ice conditions).
Winter Mountaineering (Dec to May, June to Sep)
Level depends on the climbs but there is a large range where no previous mountaineering experience is required.
However you need to be in good physical condition and be opened to new experiences.
Period : All year long when lifts are opened
Duration: Approximately 5 hours
Price: EUR 360 for 1-2 people with private guide