Les Gets Ski Holidays

Les Gets Ski Holidays


Set above the traditionally charming village of Les Gets at the edge of the Portes du Soleil ski region, the slopes here provide less busy, local skiing in a more peaceful location than the major resorts. Especially suitable for families, beginners and less confident intermediates, Les Gets also offers challenging runs including those along The Wall and Avoriaz. The village has used sensitive development as demand has increased, with the introduction of a one-way system, and planning controls stating local techniques and materials should be used in any new-build projects. The result is a picturesque yet modern skiing environment based on genuine Alpine charm.

The 50 lifts here are high capacity and mostly high speed as well, minimising queues at the main station and on the slopes even at peak times. Three gondolas, two cable cars, 25 chairs and 18 surface lifts whisk skiers to where they want to be with far less hassle than in many larger French resorts. The entire huge Portes du Soleil ski area offers 650kms of on-piste skiing in Avoriaz 1800, Chatelle, Abondance, Morzine, Champery, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Morgins and Les Corsets all lift-linked to Les Gets. The lowest lift is at 1,000m, with the highest at 2,010m.

Les Gets is all about skiing and learning to ski, with great ski schools and slope accessibility as well as an excellent snow record for its altitude. Ski-in ski-out accommodation is easy to find, as are the few nightspots. But for rowdy and varied après-ski, the nearby resorts of Avoriaz and Morzine are the better alternative. The same applies to those seeking challenging off-piste skiing – there isn’t any off-piste in Les Gets, but plenty elsewhere in the Portes du Soleil. Cross-country skiers are slightly better served, with 18kms of well-designed trails. The mountain restaurants on the slopes are great, with reasonable prices charged for filling French peasant dishes and the inevitable pizza and pasta.

Scenic delights here are as good as it gets, as is the snow park, particularly for beginners and families. Approximate transfer times for the airports at Geneva and Lyon are weather-dependent at one and a half and two hours respectively.