Travel

On or off the slopes, there’s fun to be had in this alpine ski vil­lage

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - edited by Nicholas Fon­seca

France’s Saint-ger­vais Mont-blanc is an alpine play­ground.

Wedged be­tween the bright lights of Cha­monix and the chichi fur coat-coated streets of ritzy Megève, you’ll find Saint-ger­vais Mont-blanc, a pic­turesque moun­tain play­ground in south-east­ern France that has re­tained its Savo­yard soul.

MINTED

This turn-of-the-cen­tury spa town nes­tled against Mont Blanc’s flanks is an au­then­tic slice of France, with tra­di­tional build­ings, rich her­itage, baroque churches and gourmet fare. It’s fa­mous for its win­ter sports, but in sum­mer you can get the adren­a­line pump­ing with alpine hikes, moun­tain bik­ing, white-wa­ter raft­ing and a climb up p Mont Blanc, ,y if you dare.

MID

Wa­ter, wa­ter ev­ery­where. In sum­mer when the snow melts, liq­uid fun can be had on nearby Lake An­necy, the new and ul­tra-mod­ern Saint-ger­vais Mont-blanc pub­lic pool, the self­clean­ing eco­log­i­cal lake at Combloux, or the ther­mal baths for which the town was ini­tially named. Dive on in.

MOD­EST

In the north­ern sum­mer, the Alps bloom wildly – and bus­tle with peo­ple who are all too happy to soak up the sights and scents of alpine flow­ers, green mead­ows and the fresh air rolling off the glaciers. There are free fes­ti­vals, ath­letic races and heaps of hik­ing trails that don’t cost a cent.

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