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15 Rainy-day activities in the Evasion Mont Blanc

When it comes to picking a travel destination, weather can often be a deciding factor. But what if we told you there was somewhere you could enjoy yourself even if it’s raining?

The Evasion Mont Blanc area offers a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy in the rain. Whether you’re looking to try out a new sport, relax at the spa or indulge in the local food scene – you’ll find a way to enjoy yourself no matter what the weather.

Read on to find out the top rainy-day activities in the Evasion Mont Blanc…

Rainy days in the Evasion Mont Blanc

The average number of rainy/snowy days per month in the Evasion Mont Blanc ©

When planning your trip, it’s good to know what the weather is like throughout the year. And as you can see from the graph above, rainfall varies significantly from one month to the next in the Evasion Mont Blanc.

During the winter season, it’s highly likely for precipitation to be in the form of snow, creating excellent skiing conditions. And, if you plan on visiting the Evasion Mont Blanc in the summer, you can expect to experience warm and sunny days that gradually become cooler as autumn approaches.

However, weather can be extreme in the Alps, and conditions can change in an instant, with rain storms occurring at any time of year. Therefore, it’s good to have a bank of rainy-day activities to turn to if the weather isn’t so good…

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The top 15 things to do in the Evasion Mont Blanc when it’s raining

1. Pamper yourself at a spa

When the weather isn’t great, there’s nothing quite like a spa day to lift your spirits and help you relax. Luckily, the Evasion Mont Blanc region is home to a number of spas to choose from, each offering its own unique atmosphere and range of treatments.

Whether you prefer relaxing massages, facials, swimming or simply soaking in a hot tub, there’s a spa that will cater to your needs. So why not treat yourself to a day of self-care the next time the rain starts pouring?

Here are the top spas in the Evasion Mont Blanc:

Les Thermes De Saint-Gervais

One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences in Saint Gervais has to be a visit to the thermal baths. The natural hot springs provide the perfect setting for a day of pampering and relaxation and the spa offers a variety of treatments and facilities, including a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and massage services.

Plus, the warm, soothing waters are known for their therapeutic properties, and many visitors claim that a dip in the thermal baths has helped to alleviate stress, muscle tension, and joint pain. Discover more by visiting the tourist office website.

Palais de Megève

Indulge in complete relaxation at Palais de Megève, with the wellness area at your disposal. Make the most of the facilities including a sauna, hammam, relaxation pool, jacuzzi, and an invigorating shower. Or, why not spoil yourself with a spa treatment such as a water massage, treatments with mountain plants, and sea salt scrubs?

People relax in the jacuzzi at a spa
A spa day can be enjoyed in all weather © Mairie de Megève/Simon Garnier

The M de Megève Spa

With a huge 300m2 dedicated to relaxation, you can truly make a day of self-care at the M de Megève Spa. There is an extensive list of spa amenities on offer, including:

  • A swimming lane with a counter-current
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Hammam
  • A relaxation area with showers and a lounge
  • Elliptical bike
  • Weight training equipment
  • A treadmill equipped with a TV screen

Make sure to book your treatment in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Cœur de Megève Spa

With a unique atmosphere drawing on the surrounding nature, this spa in Megève is another excellent offering, with a slightly more intimate feel. Unwind in the sauna session, book a treatment using organic products or pamper yourself with a hand beauty session at the nail bar, the choice is yours!

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2. Ride the Mont Blanc Tramway

Departing from Le Fayet or Saint-Gervais, the Mont-Blanc Tramway meanders through forests and stunning Alpine meadows before arriving at the Bellevue Plateau and Les Houches/Saint-Gervais ski area.

Though hikers often board the train as a means of accessing high-altitude trails, on a rainy day, passengers can sit back and admire the incredible landscapes.

Expect breathtaking panoramic views along the way, particularly those of the Bionnassay glacier.

3. Explore the local culture

Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to visit a museum or art gallery to learn all about local culture and traditions. In the Evasion Mont Blanc, there are a few different sites that you can explore whilst you wait for the rain showers to pass, including:

La Cure, Saint Gervais

Discover the town’s collection of paintings and posters all based around the mountains, as well as the work of Father Kim en Joong, the artist behind the stained glass windows of Saint Gervais Church. Find out more on the website.

The Sacred Art Museum, Saint Gervais

Come and uncover historical articles including wood sculptures, paintings and religious artefacts at The Sacred Art Museum in Saint Gervais.

Maison forte de Hautetour, Saint Gervais

The Maison forte de Hautetour in Saint Gervais is a stunning example of traditional architecture. The house dates back to the 18th century and boasts impressive stone walls and a commanding tower. Visitors can take a guided tour through the house and learn about its history, as well as enjoy the beautiful surrounding views.

The Calvary of Megève

Built between 1840 and 1878, this remarkable heritage site comprises 14 fully renovated chapels where you can book a guided tour or simply explore the buildings unaccompanied.

St. Nicholas Church, Combloux

If you want to explore some of the very best Baroque art in the region, a visit to St. Nicholas Church in Combloux is one for your list. The building was reconstructed in 1828 and now opens its doors to the public to admire the stunning architecture.

The St. Nicolas Church photographed with flowers in the foreground
St. Nicholas Church, Combloux © Marine Martin, OT Combloux

Ormaret Chapel, Combloux

This historic chapel was built in 1495 and is located on the “Haut-Combloux” in the hamlet of Ormaret. You need to book a guided tour in order to visit the chapel, see the website for more details.

Cruet Chapel

Individual tours are available on request for this chapel, which was built in 1671, to protect the villagers from the plague.

Isidoire’s Farm, Combloux

Dating back to 1832, this quaint farm has been kept in its original condition, making it an emblem of its time. The farm spans 250m2 and is open to the public and during certain periods, they even host murder mystery sessions at the site – find out more here.

Guided tour of “Laurenzio, granite of Mont-Blanc”, Combloux

Explore the world of granite on this tour in Combloux. Learn about the extraction of granite in Mont-Blanc and how it is used to construct fireplaces, worktops, fountains, and much more!

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Musée de la réserve naturelle, Les Contamines

The highest nature reserve in France, this protected area is home to an abundance of wildlife and a broad range of habitats. If you need to shelter from the rain, you will find artistic and scientific exhibitions on site as well. Entrance is free, check the website for more details including opening times and directions.

4. Try indoor skiing

No matter what the weather, and regardless of your ability, the indoor ski centre in Saint Gervais is the perfect place to try skiing for the first time.

Kids from the age of two can hit the slopes, under the careful supervision of professional instructors. It’s open year-round, and all you need are boots and a helmet (which can be rented from a local ski shop), as well as a pair of gloves.

5. Head to the ice rink

The indoor ice skating centres in Saint Gervais and Megève both provide a welcome hideout from the rainy weather. Kids can let off steam on the spacious rinks and there is special equipment available to assist them if needed. Megève ice rink is open all year round, so you can even visit on rainy days in summer.

People skate on a large indoor ice rink
The spacious ice rink in Megève © Mairie de Megève/Marie Bougault 2020

Both sites also host ice hockey games, where the public can go along and show their support. With a buzzing atmosphere and friendly rivalry, you’re guaranteed a good time. So make sure to keep your eyes peeled for fixtures, you won’t want to miss them!

Find the programmes below (websites in French only):

An ice hockey player hits a puck
Keep your eyes peeled for an ice hockey fixture © Mairie de Megève

Try curling

If ice skating isn’t your thing, but you still want to try a new winter sport, why not give curling a go? Introductory sessions are held in both Saint Gervais and Megève throughout winter, but you’ll need to book ahead for this one.

A group of men try curling on an ice rink
Try your hand at curling this winter! © Mairie de Megève/Simon Garnier

6. Have a go at indoor climbing

The Mont Blanc region is renowned for its mountaineering and climbing opportunities, attracting adventurers from all over the world. However, when the weather turns sour, indoor climbing is a great alternative to still get your adrenaline fix.

At the Palais de Megève, climbers of all levels can safely practice their skills and enjoy the sport, even on a rainy day. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking for a new challenge, it’s definitely worth a try!

A group of kids try indoor climbing in a centre
Regardless of your ability, indoor climbing is always an exciting way to try something new and stay active! © Mairie de Megève

7. Go swimming

Heading to an indoor swimming pool is a great way to spend a few hours with the family, especially when being outside isn’t really an option.

You’ll find two indoor swimming complexes in the region. There is a 43m2 pool in Saint Gervais, where you can also try “aqua bike”, or head to the sauna and steam room, as well as one in Megève, which also boasts fitness activities and spa facilities.

A young girl wearing a swimming cap and goggles swims in an indoor pool
It’s easy to keep the kids entertained at the Palais de Megève © Mairie de Megève/Simon Garnier

8. Go on a day trip to Italy

If the weather is really poor, and you’re lucky enough to have your car with you, why not head a little further afield to Italy? You can cross the border easily via the Montt Blanc tunnel, which costs 65.30€ for a return journey.

Courmayeur is the closest Italian destination to the Evasion Mont Blanc or you can travel an extra 30 minutes or so to visit Aosta. Sometimes the weather can differ greatly to that of the Evasion mont Blanc, and you may even get some sunshine if you’re lucky!

An alley in Courmayeur with cobbled streets and blaconies
The weather can significantly change once you cross the border to Courmayeur! Photo by Alice Denysenko on Unsplash

9. Try caving

With its rugged terrain and winding underground tunnels, caving in Combloux is the perfect activity for adventurous types.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush and a chance to explore the depths of the earth, it is an experience unlike any other. And the beauty and mystery of the underground world are sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone brave enough to take on the challenge!

10. Visit a farm

If you’re looking for something a little different to do on a rainy day in the Evasion Mont Blanc, why not pay a visit to a local farm? Not only is it a great way to support the community, but you can also pick up some delicious local produce such as goat’s cheese or Reblochon. Plus, meeting the farm animals is always a fun and memorable experience.

Whether you’re travelling solo or with family and friends, a visit to the farm is sure to be a highlight of your trip. So why not embrace the rainy weather and spend a day getting to know the local farmers and their furry friends?

Here are some ideas:

A young girl in a floral dress feeds a cow some hay
Kids will love meeting the farm animals on their holiday © Marine Martin, OT Combloux

11. Sample the local cuisine

Eating and drinking are activities that can be enjoyed in all weather! And no matter which Alpine resort you stay in, you’re sure to be treated to a plethora of culinary delights.

Here are some useful links for restaurants and bars to try in the Evasion Mont Blanc region:

A hot chocolate with whipped cream, orange and cinnamon
A rainy day is a perfect opportunity to find a cosy café and drink hot chocolate © Mairie de Megève/Cecilia Granger 2018

12. Play a game of tennis

Thanks to the indoor Taraflex court at Palais de Megève, you can enjoy a game of tennis no matter what the weather. You can perfect your skills or simply challenge your group to a friendly game on a spare afternoon.

13. See a film at the cinema

Going to the cinema isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when staying in a ski resort. However, it’s a great go-to activity for a rainy day.

There is a cinema in Saint Gervais, but you may have better luck finding more English screenings at the theatre in Chamonix. Make sure to look out for VO or VOST showings for English films – these will be shown in the original language. If you’re not sure, ask at the tourist office or at the cinema itself.

14. Go shopping

When it’s raining on your holiday, it’s always a great opportunity to explore what the shops in your chosen resort have to offer! Whether you’re looking to pick up a souvenir for a loved one, try on some new sports gear or select some new pieces for your wardrobe, there are some great shops where you can enjoy a little retail therapy.

Below are some useful links to help you find the best spots:

A couple hold shopping bags and admire the contents of a shop window
Shop for souvenirs, sports gear or the latest fashion trends in the Evasion Mont Blanc

15. Explore the local events and entertainment

The collective resorts across the Evasion Mont Blanc also plan a great deal of events and entertainment for all ages and interests, throughout the whole year. In rainy weather, you may find workshops or fitness events that you can take part in, so make sure to take a look at the following guides for inspiration:

A young boy wearing a chefs hat and apron
Make sure to look out for local indoor events and activities taking place throughout your stay © Mairie de Megève/Nicolas Ansourian 2015

With so much to see and do, the Evasion Mont Blanc is a destination that can be enjoyed in all weather. Come rain or shine, you’ll never get bored of the stunning scenery, delicious food and fun-filled activities.

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