Les Gets – Things to do
There are many off-slope activities available to children and for this reason Les Gets has a reputation as a great family resort. Parents will find it easy to keep little ones amused at the ice rink in the centre of town or on the road train.
Look out too for the weekly events programme at the tourist office with treasure hunts, story hours and loads more. However, all adult groups certainly won’t have time to get bored with a whole range of things to do from paragliding to spa treatments and ten pin bowling to watching movies in a cinema with regular international films. Les Gets also has a great cultural heritage to explore and a museum dedicated to its status as the capital of mechanical music!
In winter it is hard to believe that there are so many sporting opportunities in Les Gets other than just skiing and snowboarding. Mont Chery is a great spot for trying a tandem parapente flight and these cost around 70 Euros. You can also try your hand at husky dog sled driving or strap on your snowshoes to follow one of the many well-marked winter walking trails. Most sports still involve making use of the snow though and there are no indoor facilities for summer sports such as tennis. The golf course is also out of action all winter due to it having pistes and chairlifts across it. The Evian Masters course is only 40 minutes away by road though.
The Hotel Marmotte in Les Gets has a connected wellness centre called Sereni Cimes and they offer a range of spa facilities and treatments. There are also a few options within the resort for massages and even a couple of local masseurs who offer in-chalet treatments. The most notable absence is the lack of a public swimming pool but nearby Morzine will have a 25m indoor pool open from December 2011. If swimming is important to you it would be best to book a hotel with private pool facilities such as the Alpina or Sabaudia.
Les Gets has a lot of nice boutiques but due to its size there is not a great range of things on offer. Aside from the basic souvenirs and decorative Savoyard bits and pieces everything else is very much centred on sports and food! For a bigger range of shops non-skiers may be better taking a day out to Geneva or the chic lakeside town of Annecy. Nearby Morzine has a slightly better range of shops and is just five minutes away on the Balad’Aulps Bus (1 Euro per journey).
As a resort Les Gets is much more pro-active than some of its larger neighbours in the Portes du Soleil, with a packed programme of regular weekly events and a series of special events throughout the season. Christmas is a magical time of year in Les Gets with children being able to visit Santa’s cabin in the forest before a spectacular firework display, light show to music and torchlit descent on the day itself. The annual Ebouelle Big Air competition is always a big attraction in March. The end of March sees the Portes du Soleil play host to the Wild Music Festival with some of the live performances being on the slopes in Les Gets.