Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
in St Gervais
Freeriders should check out the huge, wide-open bowls at Les Contamines, where there is varied off-piste riding almost everywhere you look. It's best when visibility and snow are good though, as if it is cloudy you will just get frustrated that you are missing all the best lines and hitting all the hidden cat-tracks.
Mont-Joy has some good steep off-piste riding. It is possible to ride right down to Les Contamines, but taking a guide is highly recommended to avoid accidental cliff drops.
Freestylers have a funpark at Mont Joux, although it is not very impressive and seems to be rather neglected, particularly the halfpipe. The few jumps range from a small tabletop to a 30ft-gap jump.
It also gets very busy at times, especially weekends.
Riders will find plenty of wide pistes, yet some of them do tend to get chopped up by the end of the day. There are slalom courses at Mont Joux and across Megeve at Rochebrune if you want to race your mates.
Beginners can save money by getting a lift pass for just the Bettex area, which has a few nursery slopes, including one chairlift. However, the slopes on the other side of the mountain tend to get more sun and are less icy. The areas around the Mont d'Arbois and Ideal lifts are recommended as there are a variety of easy runs, as well as some easily reached harder ones for when you start feeling brave.
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