There is a large market for ski holidays in Saint Gervais, and when the Autumn arrives people start booking them in their droves. With a thriving tourism industry, particularly connected to the skiing and the beautiful spa facilities, there is plenty of potential for prosperous investment.
Looking at the snow report, Saint Gervais gets plenty of snowfall during the winter season that hits an extended apex between January and March - the ski season lasts from mid-December to mid-April, with roughly 120 days of good skiing. Snow depth at the base tends to max out between 100-120cm, while at the summit it reaches depths of 200cm+. For a more in-depth look at weather and snow in Saint Gervais, take a look at our resort guide here.
The town's population was a little over 5,500 at the last census, so there is a good feel of being in a residential area with a community spirit that is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery found in nature.
Living in Saint Gervais and things to do
One of the greatest strengths of Saint Gervais is that it is a real French town, offering more than just great skiing opportunities. You can also explore Le Fayet and Bettex, or head out to the authentic Savoyard village Saint Nicolas de Saint Gervais. There is also Véroce, with its historic town centre and spa-town architecture style. In the shadow of the picturesque Mont Blanc, there is no shortage of rich and diverse activity and lush scenery to enjoy for anyone visiting or living in Saint Gervais.
In addition to being an unspoilt skiing paradise in winter, Saint Gervais becomes a rich walking haven in summer. The fun to be had in the warmer seasons includes fishing, mountain biking, walking and even taking a short siesta in a stunning mountain paradise. The culture of the town is profoundly connected to the region's natural beauty. The community of locals and ex-pats works to build everything around the preservation of the environment, including the installation of eco-friendly 'dry toilets' in all mountain refuges - an initiative that is commendable and prepares the region for future environmental regulations.
Investment potential in Saint Gervais
With all its charm and appeal, Saint Gervais has managed to remain true to its soul and sits today as a relatively undiscovered haven compared to its neighbours Chamonix and Mégève. It has even retained this atmosphere through recent British property investment, as new developments have come about aiming to remain in keeping with the traditional architecture. It is regarded an up-and-comer as a ski resort but is well established as a spa retreat that has attracted visitors seeking rest and relaxation since 1806.
Investment in infrastructure has seen the development of a new fast-track train line connecting the town to Geneva. There are also developments in the works for new housing, hotels and improvements to skiing facilities that present a fantastic opportunity for people looking to invest in an Alpine ski resort town.
Transport to Saint Gervais
Saint Gervais sits around 70km from Genève International Airport and there are frequent, low-cost transfers direct to Saint Gervais-Le Fayet. So, travel to and from the town and resort is easy, which will be a desirable factor for people considering buying a property in Saint Gervais. And the ski resort infrastructure includes an impressive 83 lifts in total, offering skiers a solid 950 metres (3117 feet) of vertical descent.
Saint Gervais is a wonderful place to live, with plenty to keep even the most adventurous of minds occupied all year round. With history and heritage oozing from every piece of architecture and every acre of land, it's clear where the potential of this beautiful place lies.