Gérardmer is a smallish resort in the Vosges on the side of a large lake. The motorhome facilities are good with two Aires available. One is in the town centre behind the tourist office and will take about 20 vans for 3 euros per night. It is fairly level and very close to the shops and the centre of the of the town. The winter raclette is on the other side of the road and will give water and waste disposal. There is no EHU. On the road to Colmar about 400 metres down the road is a fuel station with LPG and cheapish diesel. The town has a good swimming complex (3-40) which is open every day except Mondays between 5-00 p.m. and 7-30 p.m. (excellent for 'Apres' relaxation with jacuzzi and infra red rest area by way of tokens). The aire may have some travellers on it but they are no threat, in fact they came across and invited us to a birthday disco!
The skiing area is not large but very good from a beginners and intermediates point of view ( 2-blacks, 7-reds, 4-blues and 7-greens ). The piste organisation is strange as one has to go up onto the top of the mountain to get some gentle slopes for beginners. However, you can ski down from the top, on a green run of 2.5 kilometres to return to the station. The tariff for the high season and weekends is 21.50 euros a day. In the non holiday period, on mondays to Fridays the cost is 16.5 euros per day or 13.0 euros per half day. There are good ski du fond slopes close by. We found the skiing a lot better than La Bresse with the runs being longer and winding through woodland. The main lift to the top is either button type or 4 x chair lift. Unusually they encourage pedestrians to use the chairlift, so if you go on the greens at the top and don't fancy running down to the station, you can come down by chairlift. We saw a lot of mums and babies doing this, clutching toboggans.
The second Aire is next to the telecabine carpark, so is quite convenient. It has no facilities and charges 3 euros per night. The ski area is about 2km from the town centre and although the access is steepish, it is well signed and gives you a marvelous view of the town and the lake.
You probably wouldn't want to spend week here but combined with La Bresse you could happily spend a week before shooting off to the alps or just coming back. You must check the snow conditions before you go as it is a 'low level' skiing area (1000 metres). However having said that we had -12 degrees most nights. We were there in January.
Report by Ned and Linda Boulter.