Les Gets – France
Developed from a farming village to a ski resort in 1920s, Les Gets has retained much of its alpine feel, with chalet style buildings throughout the bustling village.
Being situated on a sunny mountain pass, one of Les Gets’ (Lay-jay) strengths is that it not only has ski slopes on both sides of the mountain, but that they start and end in the village centre – so no long gondola or bus rides are needed. The breathtaking views and wide tree-lined slopes make this a very pretty resort, whilst the links with neighbouring Morzine open up an area with something for everyone.
If there is a weakness to the slopes here it is that snowboarders find the many flat sections a bit tedious. The strength of Les Gets is certainly its beginner and early intermediate facilities though. Les Gets is one of the 13 resorts that make up the massive Portes du Soleil ski area and a full area pass will give you 650km of piste to play on. Advanced skiers will struggle to see it all in a week and the charm of the resort will have you coming back year after year.
Planning your trip
Les Gets is in the Northern Alps and actively markets itself as one of the closest resorts to Dover. At just eight hours drive this may be a cheaper option than flights for the whole family. If you opt for the plane Geneva airport is just an hour away and there are plenty of shared transfer firms in resort. Read more...
Where to stay
Most accommodation is conveniently located near the slopes in this compact resort. If you are booked in to ski school the best options tend to be those in the centre of resort or on the edge of the Chavannes slopes. There are many pretty alpine hotels and British-owned chalets but the apartment blocks of the purpose-built resorts are nowhere in sight! Read more...
On the piste
If you don’t enjoy learning to ski here you probably never will! The wide slopes of the nursery area and gentle blue runs in the trees are perfect for learning and growing in confidence. Advanced skiers won’t be bored either but should seriously consider a full area pass. Read more...
Food and drink
Visitors to Les Gets are spoilt when it comes to choice and quality of food on offer, both in the town and on the slopes. The local area pistes are home to some of the finest mountain restaurants in the Portes du Soleil. Evenings in Les Gets are fun but pretty quiet. Read more...
Things to do
Les Gets is an all-round fun place for everyone but particularly for children. Parents will love the range of activities on offer for kids. Non-skiing adults will find plenty of cultural attractions locally and the bus linking all the towns in the valley is a great way to see the area. Read more...
Skiing with families
Les Gets has been voted amongst the world's best resorts for families and when you arrive you will immediately see why. A lot of effort has gone in to making the town and the slopes as family-friendly as possible. There is a range of options for ski school from the age of 3 onwards and the weekly programme of events is always full of exciting off-slope family activities. Read more...
- Ice Diving If you feel adventurous take a plunge into Lake Montriond.
- Unwind with a sauna, hot tub and massage at the Clair Moment.
- Ice Skating, try the outdoor rink in the centre of town.
- Take the family on a torchlit story telling hike, ending around a log fire.
- The kids will love a day of Arts and Crafts - great for bad weather days.
Les Gets blogs
Posted by Amie Postings on 10th December 2012
This weekend saw the advance, partial opening of both the Avoriaz and Les Gets ski networks. However, as early as Friday night there were rumors and speculation that the lifts wouldn’t open, as there was too much snow! The avalanche risk was high and safety always comes first, but the planned lifts did open and we were treated to piles and piles of powder, near empty runs in the Lindarets bowl and on the Arare and the sun even made an appearance too!
Posted by Amie Postings on 3rd December 2012
It was announced late last week that Avoriaz will definitely open one week early, which then sent an excited ripple throughout the resort of Morzine. Lift passes will be priced at €17.50 per adult per day, available from the Casse in Avoriaz from 8.30am this Saturday, 8th December.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1000 m - 2010 m|
|Highest lift||2466 m|
|Lowest lift||900 m|
|km of piste||110|
|Number of lifts||52|
|Lift pass price||€172 / 6 days|
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