Not far from the mountain town of Morzine lies Les Gets, another old farming village, but one that still feels very French, in comparison with its busy, Brit-filled neighbour. The two resorts share a varied and generous area of pistes (although fairly low-altitude), and on the far side of Morzine are the lifts up to Avoriaz and the 650km Portes du Soleil circuit. Les Gets has a family-friendly reputation though, and many visitors will be happy to stick to its own 120km of piste, where there’s something for everyone. On the other side of the village is Mont Chéry, a quiet mountain of lovely cruisy reds.
Les Gets is on the mountain pass to the south of Morzine, and not far away – anyone looking for more vigorous nightlife should get a bus over and a taxi back. Les Gets has a few bars, but it’s really a resort of families entertaining themselves in their chalets. It’s far from dull though – the village has good French food options, little shops and an outdoor icerink, and a relaxed atmosphere, and with Geneva quite close, the resort gets busier and livelier at weekends. It’s an ideal resort for groups of mixed abilities, as the beginner facilities are central, everyone can easily meet up for lunch, and mileage-hungry skiers can go on missions into the epic Portes du Soleil.