Les Gets is a stylish but quaint village resort with a wealth of premium, traditional stone-and-wood chalets. It’s only a five minute drive (6km) from Morzine. The atmosphere in the village is quieter than Morzine and the main street is packed with designer boutiques and chic shopping.
The traditionally Savoyard village still has it’s mountain-village soul. But its not been afraid to move with the times and has invested significantly in its snow-front development in recent years. Les Gets boasts skiing on both sides of the village, linked by a similar “Petit Train” to Morzine or just a five minute walk.
Despite being situated on a through-road, traffic is never a problem in the village. But if you’re travelling over the New Year or February half-term period weekends then try arriving late and leaving early in the daytime to avoid delays. Les Gets is just one hour from Geneva and can be easily reached by a short transfer from the airport or a nine hour drive from Calais.
Les Gets is the most northern resort of the Portes Du Soleil, linking up to 12 other resorts in both France and Switzerland. It has the highest density of local pistes of all those resorts. The ski area offers over 650km of groomed slopes. It’s the biggest internationally linked ski area in the world! With an almost unlimited extent of stunning off-piste it’s tough to find an area anywhere else with such a diverse choice of skiing.
The majority of Les Get’s skiing is in the Chavannes and Ranfolly sectors. Immediately accessed from resort by chairlift or bubble this side has a fast link to Morzine. From our meeting place at the top of the Chavannes telecabine/bubble you can immediately ski green, blue or red slopes, with more challenging blacks like the Yeti and popular off-piste from the Ranfolly just another lift ride away.
The Chavannes is home to what most instructors here regard as one of the best teaching areas in the world. Gentle beginner zones, two carpet lifts, a rope tow, slow button and chairlifts, wide pistes, lots of space and a gentle progression from one slope to the next make this an outstanding place in which to learn to ski, at pace that you can decide.
The Indian village is a must – listen for skiers ringing the bell on their way though the forest, watch out for kids with painted faces and enjoy tasting some chocolate snacks on the Milka run. For kids ski lessons these areas are simply amazing and allow you little ones to learn in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Les Gets has an abundance of tree-lined green and blue runs, allowing beginners and second week skiers to travel some distance on slopes they can be comfortable on. For those of you wanting to travel further, the Ranfolly bowl has a number of fast lifts and red slopes on every single aspect. If you really want to push yourself you could try taking on the Yeti – Les Gets’ notorious sleep, black, bump run. And if you want to stretch your legs and cover the distance, the ski over to Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel and Torgon (Switzerland) is one of the longest pisted skiable distances in the world. And covered on a Portes du Soleil lift pass.
For some of the quietest slopes you will ever ski, the most incredibly vista you’ll ever ski and one of the Alps’ best kept secrets, head for Mont Chery. It’s where local instructors often spend their days off. There are no beginner areas here but a good park, a host of red and black slopes and some beautiful tree skiing. And to repeat, the views are breathtaking.
Les Gets has an ice rink in the centre of the village plus a sports centre and bowling alley. It’s only a short drive or bus ride from Morzine, where there’s a weekly market and more extensive shopping.
Les Gets has a quieter après scene than neighbouring Morzine. British-run Bar Bush provides a laid back end to any day on the slopes, with welcoming staff and friendly locals. The Irish Pub has its own microbrewery and recently celebrated its 20th birthday. There’s also live music a few nights each week. Igloo is the best local club and open into the small hours.
Les Gets is home to some great places to eat, both on and off the mountain. Our favourites include:
Altitude Lodge (Chavannes): The Altitude Lodge is a chalet owned and operated by VIP Ski but opens its restaurant’s doors to the public during the day. Comfortably the best restaurant in Les Gets, Altitude Lodge offers an international menu by an outstanding chef. Coupled with its slope-side setting, excellent service and unique hot chocolates, this really is a must-visit place to eat.
The Grande Ourse (Mont Chery): Some would claim that no restaurant in the Alps has better views than the Grande Ourse. Run by the British Venner family, it offers fantastic dishes with style. For something special on Wednesday nights it’s possible to head up the mountain on a snowcat for a five course menu. For a good Sunday lunch the hog roast comes highly recommended.
Boomerang (village): The name kind of gives it away – Aussie hospitality at its finest! J-M and his staff offer top-class service and an attention to detail. All with a wide-ranging menu that represents the best value-for-money in all of Morzine and Les Gets. Go!
Le Chaucas (village): Centrally located on the high street, offset traditional Savoyard dishes. Try the Tartiflette!