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Chic and no-frills skiing, Saint-Gervais destination

This town where Mont-Blanc has taken up residence, fully plays the card of well-being and skiing. The resort, also renowned for its thermal waters, has chosen to bet everything on the family. For the show off, we’ll have to look elsewhere …

You arrive via Le Fayet at an altitude of 580 meters, known for its thermal baths and its Belle-Epoque architecture. Then comes the village of Saint-Gervais, a large village at the bottom of the valley, which rises to an altitude of 850 meters. The two snow fronts are located at Bettex, at an altitude of 1400 m, the starting point of a famous cable car, and at Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. You have to reach this lovely alpine village to truly communicate with the mountain spirit. It is precisely here where a chairlift and a five-star hotel have just been inaugurated.

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In Armancette, with three luxury chalets, the future of Saint-Gervais is at stake. Between skiing and culture, between mountain rurality and snow resort, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, against a background of authenticity, plays with its charm to seduce us. The main attractions of the village are a pure Baroque church that has just been carefully restored from decline and a museum of sacred art. The après-ski is cultural here. Rarely seen at the foot of the slopes.

Skiing with a view

The Armancette chalets facing Mont-Blanc. David Machet

Saint-Gervais is part of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area (220 slopes) in connection, ski-in, with Megève and Combloux and by shuttle bus with Contamines-La Giettaz. When we know that 60% of the ski area of ​​Saint-Gervais covers mountain pastures, we immediately understand that the depth of snow is not of great importance. Skiing is practiced on three snow fronts, the Bettex from where the ski lifts, chairlifts and gondolas leave, the point of arrival of which connects with Mont-d’Arbois and part of the Megève area. The other starting point is Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce by which we can reach the two summits that are the Shoulder (2137m), which offers us an intimidating face-to-face with Mont-Blanc (beautiful red slopes ) and Mont-Joly (2525m), from where the eponymous black slope offers a superb panorama over the valley. Departing from Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, the entry into service this season of the Le Chattrix chairlift ensures the connection with the Plateau de La Croix, the third snow front in Saint-Gervais, which is more confidential and therefore less frequented. (adult day passes: € 49.50 / 6 days: € 250).

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The Grande Epaule red slope, 4 km long, starts at 2,137 meters and offers a vertical drop of 1,000 meters. Apart from one or two rather steep sections (at the start), it is accessible to less experienced skiers. The view of the Mont-Blanc massif is exceptional.


The Armancette hotel

One of the rooms in the new luxury hotel L’Armancette. Armancette

This five-star chalet hotel has just opened in the heart of the village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. Make way for a contemporary decoration with in the rooms an original combination of brown wood and black marble. The view of Mont-Blanc and a superb spa (Kos products) with indoor-outdoor swimming pool, saunas and jacuzzis make the address alluring. But the real plus is the presence of a large staff (more than fifty people for only 17 rooms!), Including four drivers wearing Savoyard pie. Of course, a sports coach is available for ski returns (rooms from € 490 to € 890 in high season). In the kitchen, the menu of the restaurant La Table d’Armante has been carefully prepared by Antoine Westermann, three-star chef in the Michelin Guide, and implemented by the young and talented chef Julien Darcy (count around € 70). Finally, the hotel offer is accompanied by three new luxury chalets, ski in ski out on the Chattrix slope (from 1950 € per night for 14 people).

Armancette, 4088, route de Saint-Gervais, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Phone: 04 50 78 66 00.

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The springboard of the cross
In an alpine farm from the first half of the 19th century, traditional Savoy cuisine is served with carefully selected meats (around € 40). In good weather, a terrace offers a superb view of Mont-Blanc.
The springboard of the Cross, 897 route des Orgères, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Phone: 04 50 18 88 42.

Ideal 1850
This beautiful chalet on the slopes at the top of Mont-d’Arbois is an institution. In a mountain atmosphere with a wood fire, you can find spit-roasted poultry and wood-fired grills (around € 35).
Ideal 1850, 3363 route des Crêtes, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Phone: 04 50 21 31 26.

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