Skiing in Les Gets
This lovely village has a warm ambience and its small compact centre features a quaint cluster of bars and restaurants within walking distance from each other. Only a short bus trip away from the neighbouring Morzine, Les Gets is a quieter, traditional French Alpine village nestled idyllically in the Portes du Soleil ski area. Its proximity ( 50 kilometres) to Geneva International airport makes it an even more attractive ski holiday destination due to its short transfer times; meaning more people can visit for a short weekend stay as well.
Les Gets is perfect for adults and children alike, especially families who would want to explore the Portes du Soleil while avoiding the party atmosphere of Avoriaz and Morzine.
Holiday makers will enjoy a fantastic skiing experience in Les Gets with most of its pistes around the village suitable for intermediates. Beginners and advanced skiers are catered to as well in the local ski area and with access to the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, visitors have a range of options to choose from. Les Gets also benefits from its calmer nature.
With the lion share of holidaymakers in the Portes du Soleil visiting Avoriaz and Morzine, the overall atmosphere is calm, charming and far more family friendly. There are also fewer queues at the lifts and ticket machines and the slopes are relatively quieter; especially the slopes in Mont Chery on the opposite side of Les Gets.
With access to one of the biggest ski areas in France on its doorstep, it is safe to say that Les Gets ski resort has an abundance of ski terrain available to cover.
The nursery slopes are located at the resort level on the Les Chavannes slopes with easy access via the gondolas or chair lifts. If you’re visiting with the children, you can also use the same lifts to access the Grand Cry ski area.
An additional option for the family is the Choucas run which features mini jumps all the way back down. Confident beginners can take the Ranfoiily chairlift to 1826 metres for some wide-open blues or the La Rossa chairlift to 1,665 metres for some tree-lined action.
There are excellent reds on Mont Chéry which are a favourite among intermediate skiers. For more adventure, ski through Morzine, Avoriaz and even over the border to Champery to access its north-facing slopes.
Seasoned and well-experienced skiers have a World Cup run from Hautes Fortes as a challenge. For more options, take the Chamossiére Express to the summit at 2,002 metres to tackle the steep black as well as its fantastic off-piste opportunities.
Snowboarding in Les Gets is great for beginners and intermediates and there is enough terrain for free-riders on the slopes.
Freestylers should check out the Freestyle District at Mont Chery which includes a mix of rails, kickers, jibs, boxes and a hip.
There is also a snow park and freestyle area on the Chavannes mountain which can be accessed via the Mouille au Roi drag lift.
Snow Conditions in Les Gets
The conditions on the slopes are always well maintained with snow cannons at the ready to supplement any shortages. The season generally runs from December to the end of April at Les Gets with January usually receiving the highest snowfall. With most of the slopes located under 2,000 metres altitude, Les Gets gets an impressive amount of snow each year and has averaged 323 centimetres of snowfall per annum over the last 10 years.
Having known to be a quieter and more family-friendly ski resort in comparison to Morzine and Avoriaz, Les Gets ski resort is more laid back and generally has a mellow apres-ski than its bigger and noisier neighbours. Nevertheless, it comes alive at night time especially at the weekends with visiting skiers flocking in from different parts of the country. With a number of bars and lounges, Les Gets still offers a great evening of fun and visitors from abroad can still experience a traditional French apres-ski. It also has a number of mountain huts where you can kick off your apres ski before heading back down to the resort. From lively bars to relaxed spots, there is something for everyone. If you are after livelier apres-ski, Avoriaz is the closest resort and is still accessible after dark but keep your on the clock if you want to make it back in time. We have put together a few places that may interest you in Les Gets. Happy hunting!
L'Après Ski Bar
Aptly named, L'Après Ski Bar, it literally says what it does “on the tin”; apres-ski! Conveniently located next to the tourist office at the resort, it is quite hard to miss. It has a lovely sunny terrace where you can enjoy some lovely sunshine and a drink as well as soak in the fun atmosphere. It's also a good place to kick start your apres-ski evening just coming off the slopes as it is also located at the foot of the slopes. Apart from the great music, the bar welcomes a live band twice a week. L'Après Ski Bar also has an amazing drinks menu with exotic cocktails and a very extensive wine list.
Bar Bush is a popular spot in Les Gets and one of its oldest and longest-serving bars. Open every day from 4 pm, it is particularly popular with Brits and always have a lively and friendly atmosphere. It is a typical holiday Alpine bar, small in size but always pulls a great crowd. It has great music, a great selection of drinks and once a week it hosts a quiz night which is a pub favourite. It also has occasionally themed nights so look out for some fun evenings ahead.
Le Pub Irlandais ( The Irish Pub)
Le Pub Irlandais has been a mainstay at Les Gets for more than 20 years. It is an Irish themed pub and another favourite among Brits and holidaymakers from overseas. It is located only a mare stone's throw from the Chavannes lift, so it's quite easy to find. It is the ideal place for a pulled pint of ale as it has its own micro-brewery where it brews its own beers and cask ales! It is open every day from 2 pm, it has the traditional Irish pub atmosphere and makes for a very friendly evening of drinking and merry-making.
Bar Le Bowling ( Bowling Bar)
A little different from typical bars but just as much fun. At Bar Le Bowling, you can enjoy a few drinks and play bowling, darts and shoot a game of pool on any of the two tables. Great music and televised English and French football games.
The party people in the house have been waiting for this. Best place for some late-night dancing, l’Igloo is a traditional French Disco that has been going strong since the late 1930s. Located in the heart of the resort, the party does not stop until 6 am every day. They also host themed parties featuring 80’s nights, rock, disco nights and evening foam parties.
Les Gets has an excellent amount of facilities to adequately accommodate all its holidaymakers during the ski season. Both on and off the pistes, visitors are very catered for from grocery stores, sports shops, ski and equipment rentals, clothing shops, spas and wellness centres. It is also very eco-friendly and encourages walking, e-cycling and use of its shuttle service. We have listed a few relevant facilities available at Les Gets.
There are a good number of ski equipment rental and hire shops at Les Gets where you can get your boots, ski’s helmets etc. If you are arranging your Les Gets ski holiday booking with us and are intending to hire or rent equipment upon arrival, why not include the equipment as part of your overall booking with us? We have partnered with some of the most well known and reputable ski equipment hire stores in Les Gets and across most resorts in the Alps. Check out our ski equipment hire page for more information.
You can get your Les Gets ski passes way ahead of time by booking them with us online as part of your customised holiday booking. Save yourself the trouble of queueing when you get to the resort and simply include the ski pass to your order at no additional cost to the original ski pass cost. See more Les Gets information on our ski pass page.
Les Gets has a wealth of spas and wellness centres that are perfect for a bit of self-indulgence and relaxation. Les Fermes Emiguy has a modern spa and swimming complex. It has an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, spa and sauna within its its wellness complex. There is also a children's area well equipped with slides, paddling pools and climbing walls for extra excitement. **The ‘Rêves de Bien Etre Clair Moment’ wellness centre offers a wide range of exotic treatments. Most of the hotels across the resort have spas and wellness centres within the premises as well.
Les Gets has a wide array of different shops to choose from. The grocery shops are well stocked but if you desire fresh produce and you are after an authentic experience, you can visit the numerous farms for fresh produce such as cheese and milk. There are also local butchers, cafes and little bakeries for added charm. Les Gets also have boutiques, winter sports shops, art shops, hairdressers, a fitness gym and a yoga community.
There are a ton of activities for children to get up to in Les Gets. As a well-known family-friendly resort, Les Gets is perfect for the little ones.
There are a few ski schools in Les Gets, all of which offer ski lessons for children in different age groups, across different languages. If you are booking your ski holiday to Les Gets through Erna Low, simply add your children ski lessons as part of your overall booking in the ski extras area. We partner with only the best and most well-reputed ski schools and instructors across the Alps who deliver top lessons in English and other languages. Save yourself the time and worry of trying to find the right ski school by pre-booking their lessons with us directly. For more information, check out our Les Gets ski schools and lessons page.
Les Gets has fantastic children's entertainment and activities that keep them engaged and having fun whether both indoors or outdoors. There are designated play areas and ski zones specifically for the children's learning and amusement. The Territory of Grand Cry for example is both a ski zone and a play zone for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. It has a recreational area that comes with a teepee, skill-based games, treasure hunts, a picnic area, face painting and drawing competitions for kids. It also has Native Indian themed slopes complete with sounds and obstacle courses. The Milka slope and Boarder-Cross are also children specific slopes for older children. There is also family fun to be had together on husky sledges and as many as 5 sledge and toboggan slopes; however, a huge favourite will have to be the electric snowmobiles for children. One of the first places to have this, children visiting Les Gets can learn to drive electric snowmobiles which have been specifically designed for their age on a child-friendly and dedicated enclosed circuit. It is a zero-emissions activity, bearing no negative impact on the environment. There are snowmobiles for ages 5 to12 years old and 13 to 17 years old. For warmer indoor entertainment, the children are also welcome at Les Sources du Chéry aquatic and wellness centre, which has a kids zone with swimming pools, paddling pools, waterslides and other games.
There is a nursery for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 at the Snow Garden in the kid's area. Additionally, the majority of the ski schools have kids clubs and children's activities to keep the kids entertained. There are also a number of accredited creches at the resort. Check with the tourist office for more information.
Les Gets sits at an altitude of 1170 metres with pistes stretching up to 2350 metres altitude. Its location in the Portes du Soleil means that visitors get up to 650 kilometres of pistes across the four additional resorts of Avoriaz, Morzine and Chatel in France and the resort of Champery which sits across the border in Switzerland. The highest peak within the area is Les Hauts-Font at 2,466 metres. Les Get has an efficient network of over 100 lifts interconnecting the ski areas as well as up to 120 kilometres of marked runs at the Les Gets-Morzine ski area serviced by 47 lifts. The local Les Gets area features a mix of cruisy tree-lined blues and open reds most suited to confident beginners and intermediate skilled skiers but the area in general caters to all ski ability types. With easy links to Morzine and Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes du Soliel, there is more than enough terrain to satisfy everyone.