Les Gets is a village which is full of charm. Sitting on the edge of the massive Portes du Soleil ski circuit, Les Gets offers a vast range of skiing. It is however quite a low lying resort and so whilst it is snow sure in the middle of winter, very early or very late season ski trips may result in poorer snow conditions.
Les Gets is a wonderful destination for a family skiing holiday, especially if the whole family are learning. This is because many of the local runs are nice and gentle just perfect for beginners and intermediates. There are of course a few challenges for advanced skiers as well!
Les Gets is located just 8kms from Morzine, and at 1172m, is slightly higher. The village itself sprawls quite a bit, but with lifts at either end of the resort, and also in the middle, most accommodations are within easy reach of a ski lift. As touched on above, the resort is very traditional village and resembles what one immediately thinks of when a ski resort comes to mind; authentic, traditional buildings built with natural wood and stone, housing cosy hotels and bars.
Skiing can be found on both sides of the valley. On one side, beginners and early intermediates will thrive with gentle hills offering gorgeous easy skiing all the way down to Morzine and, once the basics are mastered, further along the piste map to Chamossiere and Pointe de Nyon. On the other side of the village lies the mountain called Mont Chery, which provides much more challenging skiing and some great off piste. Once you head out a bit further afield, the options are vast with over 600kms of piste on offer, you can have as bit or as small a ski-day as you would like this is what makes it so great for groups of mixed abilities.
120km (580km linked piste)
1172m – 2002m
December – April
Les Gets boasts some fairly decent centrally located nursery slopes. Further beginner runs near the top of the Chavannes area give the chance for newcomers to experience the better snow and great views at higher altitude. The runs from there to the village perfect for those just learning.
There’s plenty to keep intermediates amused around Les Gets without necessarily venturing too far in to the Portes du Soleil. Confident intermediates should check out the Mont Chery side, which, being furthest from the main interlinked network, stays free of crowds perfect for swooshing some fast sweeping GS turns down the wide and open runs.
Whilst a lot of the local area plays host to some of the gentler skiing to be found in the Portes du Solieil circuit, the far side of Mont Chery has its own black runs below the Planeys and Chery Nord lifts. There are also some great off-piste opportunities near them. On the other side of Les Gets there is off-piste in the open bowls at Chamossiere and Nyon above Morzine, and some unmarked routes between the trees at La Ranfoilly. But experts will want to take advantage of their Portes du Soleil pass and tackle greater challenges around Avoriaz including the steep black runs at les Hauts Forts down to Les Prodains, the Swiss Wall into Champery and the offpiste below the Pointe de Mossette heading towards Les Crosets.
For beginners, the top of the Chavannes gondola is a great place to learn; the magic carpet is free and sectioned off for beginners only. Once you move past the carpet the nearby la Croix chair will give you a nice wide blue to improve your skills. For those more proficient, there are a huge number of options – literally anywhere is good. For those who enjoy the park, let it be known that Les Gets has spent some time and money developing the Mont Chery side into a “Freestyle District”, including a mix of kickers, rails, boxes, jibs and a hip. There’s a boarder-cross too.
Snowshoeing is a great way to see the mountain and enjoy the same piste-side restaurants and stunning views as your skiing friends! Hire some shoes and poles in the village, pick up a map from the Tourist Office and choose your route, which can be as easy or as challenging as you like. You can use the Chavannes or Mont Chery telecabines to get you up the mountain and go from there. If you want to go off the beaten track, you can join a guided group, well worth it as your local guide will get you away from the crowds and you’ll be guaranteed some amazing scenery.
If you don’t fancy snowshoeing but still want to get out on the mountain, then there are some great pisted tracks on both sides of the village. One of our favourites is the Mont Chery Mont Caly loop. Take the Mont Chery telecabine up the hill and start from there (if it’s a clear day you’ll get a magnificent view across to Mont Blanc). It’s an easy, gently undulating walk and you can perhaps stop half way at the Chevrelles restaurant on Mont Caly for lunch or a drink.
There are 5 designated sledging areas around the Chavannes side of the village, the longest being at the bottom of the Perrieres (100m). These are roped off areas, safely away from skiers & boarders.
The ice rink is situated in the centre of the village for a few euros you can hire skates and spend some time practicing your moves.
Les Gets has 3 spas offering massage and beauty treatments to help you relax, unwind and get into holiday mode. 2 of the spas also have jacuzzi’s and saunas.
In addition, the village has a bowling alley, cinema and of course lots of fab shops, cafes and restaurants it’s very easy to while away an afternoon in a cosy cafe with a good book and a glass of wine!
View the live snow report for Les Gets here
Familie Plus Montagne
Les Gets has really gone out of its way to cater for families and kids, and is richly deserving of its Familie Plus Montagne label
Le Grand Cry
Le Grand Cry is an area of mountain dedicated to children only. It’s themed, with trappers and native Americans motifs, including large snake eggs and totem poles. And its gentle runs are served by two ski lifts, so your kids can learn in safety away from the main pistes. It’s perfect for kids aged between five and 12, with face painting workshops, storytelling and drawing competitions.
Children’s Sledging Area
It’s separated from the main skiing area by an inflatable tube. Many of the shops and hire shops rent out sledges, so you can spend a fun few hours as a family. The five dedicated sledging slopes include Vieux-Chene, a 50m run for the under sixes, and Perrieres, a 100m slope for children over six years old.
The Milka Mauve slope
Is also a great place to go with the kids. There are animal cutouts, and some educational extras. And even free chocolate in the French school holidays.
Happen throughout the season that will appeal to kids of all ages, including a skiing Father Christmas who appears on the slopes to hand out sweets. Plus family events in the village, such as the torchlight parade. The skating rink is located in the very centre of town and has become a real focal point for family fun. It’s floodlit so you can ski even after dark. Skates for all ages are available to hire.
A fun mini-train
Which tours around the village, and weekly chocolate making workshops in the chocolate shop. Great for keeping the whole family entertained for a few hours.
There are several ski schools
Dedicated to kids with English speaking instructors. So you can leave them in the capable hands of the instructors while you do your own thing.
Hotel Chamois d'Or
Hotel La Marmotte
Geneva Airport (87km / approx 1h15m) Geneva is without a doubt the best airport for travel to Morzine. There are many shuttles scooting to and from the resorts
Chambery Airport – 130km / approx 1h30m. Unfortunately the main bus services don’t run to Morzine, so the best option is getting a private transfer or by renting a car.
Lyon Airport – 210 km / approx 2h15m. Again the main coach services don’t serve the route between Lyon airport and Morzine, so the best option is getting a private transfer or by renting a car.
On A40 Motorway, take exit 18 “Cluses/Scionzier”. Only 24km away from Les Gets, follow “Taninges” on the D902 and the Les Gets.
GPS COORDINATES: LongitudeÂ: 6,66994572 -Latitude: 46,15869936
FROM PARIS 597 km (563 km on motorway) *Time: 05h39 *LYON – LES GETS 206 km (171 km on motorway) *Time: 02h21*GENEVE – LES GETS 63 km (34 km on motorway) *Time: 01h00*ANNECY – LES GETS 82 km (50 km on motorway) *Time: 01h10*
Unfortunately taking the train to Les Gets requires a bit of a planning compared to the resorts further south in the Tarentaise. It involves taking an early service from London to Paris Gare du Nord, a change of station in Paris to Gare de Lyon and from here you can take the domestic TGV service to Cluses, about 30 km from Les Gets. From Cluses you need to take a half hour taxi up to resort.