RENTALS being taken for SUMMER SEASON 2017
SKI RESORT OPEN from 15 Dec 2017 to mid-April 2018 - very good snow record with groomed pistes guaranteed. New snow cannon installed on piste outside chalet enable skiing to main ski lift in the town during high ski season. Outstanding snow in 2016/7 season, expected to stay that way in new ski season - as always (new snow cannon + new fast lifts = no queues).
A feature of this self-catering apartment is the size of the accommodation: 57 sq.m. is considerably larger than most comparably priced. Ideally situated approximately 4 km from the motorwayA40/TGV and 300 metres above the town's main gondola; the chalet can offer doorstep skiing in High Ski Season (February). The chalet (with its own lift and parking) is in an area with magnificent views over the town and to Mont Blanc. These can be most appreciated when lounging around the main feature - the private, outdoor, heated swimming pool in Summer (very few chalets in this area boast this facility), or skiing the Evasion area in Winter. The chalet offers very easy access to many ski resorts: Megeve, Chamonix, les Houches, Argentiere, Flaine, Combloux, les Contamines Montjoie, and even Swiss and Italian ski resorts are all within one hour's drive. The traditional Alpine-style chalet has timber-clad walls that keeps the apartment cool in Summer, yet warm in Winter. The apartment is particularly suited to families and is situated in a quiet, yet convenient, area a short distance from the town centre, restaurants, cafes, bars, skibus and shops; all within ten minutes.
St. Gervais les Bains: St Gervais was traditionally a fashionable spa town - attracting tourists since 1806. Today, after much regeneration in recent years, it is popular with families. It retains much of its charm alongside modern facilities and very extensive skiing. With the summit of Mont Blanc rising within the commune of St Gervais, the village boasts the most extreme altitude difference in Europe: from 580m. to 4,810m. The presence of Mont Blanc presents a unique panorama; the best views are obtained from the town, on the slopes facing the mountain, the drive into the town or on walks in the meadows above the ski station of Le Bettex. St. Gervais is an ideal base to explore other areas within easy reach: the historic skiing and mountaineering town of Chamonix; the pretty little town of Courmayeur in Italy (via the Mont Blanc tunnel or the cable car from the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix); the beautiful, ancient lakeside town of Annecy; the exquisitely chic town of Megeve (the most stylish resort in the Alps), the cosmopolitan, lakeside town of Geneva and the spa town of Evian les Bains - all not to be missed. Saint Gervais boasts a recent renovation to its sports complex with a newly refurbished heated indoor swimming pool complex (including sauna, hammam, etc.), so you can enjoy mountain views while swimming in the depths of Winter! The ice rink regularly hosts national and international events, including ice skating galas (regularly featuring French champions and international stars) and ice hockey matches that host the local team, HC du Mont-Blanc, who play to a high standard in the French Second Division (2017 season runners up).
Winter: An extensive range of activities is available: skiing, snowboarding, walking, ice-skating, mountaineering, heli-skiing. The terrain is suitable for all abilities - children readily welcomed. The pistes are mainly reds and blues, but for experienced skiers there are challenging blacks. Beginners are well-catered for with two ski schools. The linked areas (Evasion Lift Pass combines St Gervais, Megeve, Les Contamines, Combloux, St Nicolas de Veroce) offer a total of 420 km. of groomed, un-crowded pistes served by 116 lifts on one pass. Snow cannon ensure the resort stays open all season. It has a snowpark with a half-pipe, jumps, etc.; other skiing includes: snowblading, cross-country, slalom, telemark, ski-touring. Skiing on the Mont Blanc side is served by the Mont Blanc Tramway (TMB) - the highest train in France, a funicular (starting in Le Fayet and passing through St. Gervais) rising to a col linking with Les Houches. Apres-ski can be enjoyed in the many bars/brasseries; there is also a good choice of Savoyard restaurants, pizzerias, cafes, cake shops - even a late-night disco and casino.
Summer: Activities range from walking, mountain-biking, golf, tennis, swimming/water-sports (there are lakes and bathing 'beaches' locally in Sallanches, Passy and Combloux: some fed by mountain water!), horse-riding, fishing, hot-air ballooning, parapenting (jumping off the side of a mountain with a parachute!), shopping, etc. In fact, most summer activities are catered for locally. One of the most popular is taking the gondola lift from the town, walking in the fields above Le Bettex, taking in the breathtaking views towards Mont Blanc, while stopping off at one of the mountain restaurants that open in the summer. At the end of the day, there is also the prospect of cooling off in the chalet's open-air, heated swimming pool.
The bathing lake at Combloux (5 min by car) is spectacular - a 'biotope' with water fed from a mountain stream, filtered naturally by plants and heated by the sun: it has unrivalled views of the permanently snow-capped Mont Blanc and the jagged peak of the Aiguille du Midi.
Megeve has a fantastic, modernised sports' complex which has undergone extensive improvements in recent years (10 min by car) including indoor swimming pools, an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool with flumes, sauna and steam room (hammam), climbing wall, tennis courts, mini-golf, table tennis and an indoor ice-rink; there is an outdoor ice-rink in the centre of Megeve in Winter, too!