Skiing

  • The chalet is located close to the Bettex ski slopes departure, which is one of the main accesses to the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. A free shuttle which leaves every 15 minutes and has a stop at short walking distance from the chalet, will take you there.
  • Ski passes are sold at the ski slopes departure. You can then reload online at http://skipass.ski-saintgervais.com/en/  
  • There is a large choice of 220 ski runs on 227 miles, including a snowpark and one specially designed for kids in the Bettex. Ski Map 
  • The ESF ski school is at the ski slopes departure. For a stay during French school holidays, it is recommended to book several months in advance.
  • For lunch or to take a break, we recommend Sous Les Freddy's (06 99 49 17 70) situated below the arrival of cable-car Bettex-Mont d'Arbois - Piste Michel Dujon. Chez Enerstine (04 50 93 13 08), on the Clémentine piste, also serves good food in a welcoming atmosphere.
  • A large choice of ski equipment for rent can be found at 4 stores at the ski slopes departure. You can also rent ski lockers at those stores.
  • Cross country skiers have 17 miles of pistes spread over the Bettex and Prarion sectors. Access is free (not including ski lifts). Maps and trails are available at the tourist office ski pass sales points. 
  • There are also many different trails for snowshoe trekking in the area.
  • Links to ski areas (opening, weather, webcams): Evasion Mont Blanc  Chamonix 

Summer time

Many different activities are possible like:

  • Mountain hiking and climbing with stunning views on the Mont Blanc. We recommend the book (in French) "Saint-Gervais, Megève, Sallanches" by Jean-Marc Lamory in the "Le P'tit Crapahut" collection published by Glénat with a selection of 30 family hikes nearby the chalet. Other books or maps can be found at Le Vieux Campeur à Sallanches (925 Route du Fayet, 74700 Sallanches, 22-minute drive from the Chalet).
  • Numerous mountain-bike trails for downhill or trailing. Moutain Bike Map . Downhill trails of Les Houches are not far away (30-minute drive from the chalet).
  • Water sports like rafting, canyoning, kayaking; the Session Raft base in Passy is the closest (20-minute drive). There are others in Chamonix.
  • For those looking for a thrill, paragliding. The Passy Plaine-Joux site (40-minute drive) is one of the most famous for free flying in the Mont Blanc valley. You can do a first-time flying there in a two-seater paraglider.
  • Park-adventures for kids or grown-ups.
  • Tennis: 2 courts with everyday free access at Le Bettex.
  • Golfing with the magnificent 18-hole course of the Golf du Mont d'Arbois (25-minute drive) and the golf de Chamonix.
  • Swimming pool in Saint Gervais: swimming pool, playing basin, outside swimming pool.
  • 3 horse-riding centers in the area, the closest being the Ecuries d'antan in Passy (30-minute drive).
  • Summer sledge in Combloux.
  • Lakes: Passy Lake the largest bathing lake in the Mont Blanc valley (25-minute drive), Ecological mountain lake in Combloux (20-minute drive), Parc de Loisir du Pontet (25-minute drive).
  • Cycling with lots of different choices. On July 22nd 2016, stage 19th of the Tour de France passed in front of the Chalet Les Clémentines before arriving at the Bettex a couple of hundred meters above.

Attractions, visits

The Mont Blanc Tram The Mont Blanc Tram

It is really tempting to discover the breathtaking beauty of the nature around and the culture of this area full of history. Close to the chalet, the church and the museum of religious art in Saint-Nicolas de Véroce are evidence of a rich heritage. The same can be said for the Saint-Nicolas de Combloux church. A little farther away, you will love going for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Megève. Drive down to Saint Gervais and discover the Thermes de Saint Gervais and its Espace Les Bains du Mont Blanc dedicated to wellness. Still in Saint Gervais, in the Fayet, the Mont Blanc tram is the highest rack railway in France. It offers a unique view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix and the Dômes de Miage. The Mont Blanc Express train also departs from Saint Gervais/Le Fayet and takes you to Martigny in Switzerland by Chamonix (one can get off at each stop). In Chamonix, taking the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi (12,605 feet high) is a must. Also don't miss the Mer de Glace which you can access by the rack railway of the Montenvers which departs from inside the town of Chamonix. In the old town, you will also find a casino, numerous shops from world-famous outdoor/skiing brands and even a shop of the famous Chanel luxury brand!

Restaurants

You will find several nice restaurants not far from the chalet. O'Communailles offers very good local products to savour on a terrace facing the Mont Blanc. Just in front, l'Alpage is very tipical place with various traditional dishes, and also a beautiful view if you are having your meal outside. At the Bettex ski slopes departure, le Prestau is a nice place serving regional dishes. It also has an outside snack bar. The Pagu's & Monchu's in Saint-Nicolas de Véroce offers many dishes and delicious pizzas. Down in Saint-Gervais, the Bistrotsérac offers very good meat and a large choice of home-made pastries.

Practical information

  • To buy food for the week, you have two local shops very close to the chalet. You can also make a stop at Intermarché de Domancy supermarket while coming to the chalet.  It is only a 20-minute drive. Intermarché also allows shopping online and they will deliver the food or you can drive there and pick it up yourself.
  • If you need sports equipment, there are four stores at the Bettex ski slopes departure or at the Quechua Mountain Store in Passy or at Le Vieux Campeur in Sallanches.
  • Feel like going to the cinema? The Ciné Mont-Blanc in Sallanches, has latest generation movie-theaters and a lot of choice. It is a half-hour drive from the chalet. English-speaking films are usually featured alternatively in French and in English (with French subtitles).

Chalet Les Clémentines
Saint-Gervais, Le Bettex, France

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