Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Saint-Gervais-Le Bettex: a remarkable climb

The 11-km cycling trail is ideal for a great view of the Mont Blanc massif but is also perfect to gauge one's performances thanks to the timing system provided by the resort.

Itineras project: restoration of the St Gervais church

Saint-Gervais and Valgrisenche are two Alpine villages very similar by their rich historical and cultural heritage. It is only logical that their destinies should now be linked by a common project validated by the European authorities. Itineras was born from their common desire to valorise and renovate religious art on their soil, both in France and in Italy.

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Les télécabines de Saint-Gervais permettent de rejoindre le site d’arrivée du Bettex © C. Leblanc
Stage town for the 3rd time
Spa and mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
5,800 inhabitants (Saint-Gervolains)


Economy: 2 ski domains (Évasion Mont Blanc and Les Houches-Saint-Gervais for a total of 500km of ski slopes), 25,000 visitor beds, hydrotherapy (skin or respiratory conditions)

Culture: Baroque church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce (18th century), Hautetour fortified house (13th century), remains of Le Châtelet (fortified house from the 16th century), ancient palaces listed as Bâtiments de France due to their historical importance, Museum of Religious Art, Mont Blanc Tramway (the highest rack railway in Europe, terminal at Eagle's Nest at an altitude of 2,372m). Festivals: Mont Blanc Comedy Festival, Les Indezikables (contemporary music), Rencontre Musique et Patrimoine (local music and culture)

Sport: Hockey club du Mont-Blanc (ice hockey, Division 1), Company
of Guides of Saint-Gervais (second-largest company of guides in
France). Events: World Cup skiing, Trails, Pandathlon (eco-sport race)
in collaboration with WWF France

Specialities: Farcement (potato and bacon pie) with prunes and raisins,
cheeses (goat's, Tomme de Savoie, Abondance)

Sustainable development: La Montagne à l'État Pur (preservation
measures for the Mont Blanc area), free public transport

Distinctions: Classified as a high-quality tourist resort, Famille Plus green
resort award, four-star floral town, 2-star internet town

Claveyrolat's great year

The Tour first stopped in St Gervais in 1990, when the late Thierry Claveyrolat won the stage after a 70-km solo. It was the Eagle of Vizille's first stage win and he seized the polka-dot jersey that day to keep it all the way to Paris. 1990 was the best year of the Frenchman's career as he also won a stage in the Criterium du Dauphine to finish second overall. Another Frenchman, Ronan Pensec, also made the best of this stage when he seized the yellow jersey on his 27th birthday. While Claveyrolat's fate was cruel, so was Rene Le Greves's destiny. Winner of 16 Tour de France stages and arguably one the very best French sprinters of all time, he was killed in a skiing accident in St Gervais at the age of 35.

More recently, Chris Froome also won a Dauphine stage in St Gervais on his way to final victory in the event and on the Tour.

La dernière étape en date à arriver à Saint-Gervais, sur le Critérium du Dauphiné, a vu la victoire de Christopher Froome © Presse Sports
Stage town for the 3rd time
Spa and mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
5,800 inhabitants (Saint-Gervolains)


Economy: 2 ski domains (Évasion Mont Blanc and Les Houches-Saint-Gervais for a total of 500km of ski slopes), 25,000 visitor beds, hydrotherapy (skin or respiratory conditions)

Culture: Baroque church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce (18th century), Hautetour fortified house (13th century), remains of Le Châtelet (fortified house from the 16th century), ancient palaces listed as Bâtiments de France due to their historical importance, Museum of Religious Art, Mont Blanc Tramway (the highest rack railway in Europe, terminal at Eagle's Nest at an altitude of 2,372m). Festivals: Mont Blanc Comedy Festival, Les Indezikables (contemporary music), Rencontre Musique et Patrimoine (local music and culture)

Sport: Hockey club du Mont-Blanc (ice hockey, Division 1), Company
of Guides of Saint-Gervais (second-largest company of guides in
France). Events: World Cup skiing, Trails, Pandathlon (eco-sport race)
in collaboration with WWF France

Specialities: Farcement (potato and bacon pie) with prunes and raisins,
cheeses (goat's, Tomme de Savoie, Abondance)

Sustainable development: La Montagne à l'État Pur (preservation
measures for the Mont Blanc area), free public transport

Distinctions: Classified as a high-quality tourist resort, Famille Plus green
resort award, four-star floral town, 2-star internet town

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