Skiing in Les Gets

Skiing in Les Gets


The ski system at Les Gets comprises the busy Chavannes Bowl and the more peaceful and less crowded Mont Cheri area. The bowl is crowded with red, blue and some black runs, suitable for most levels of achievement, and is accessed from the village by high-capacity lifts. Easy access is now provided to the micro-area at La Turche with its tree-lined trails great on a good powder day. Morzine, Nyon, Chamosserie and beyond can all be reached from here. On the other side of town is quieter Mont Cheri, with the pistes on the mountain itself mainly south-facing wide reds and blues and a good ski park easily accessed. A steep, bumpy, narrow black and an easy red end at an older lift takes skiers back to the summit for another try.

On the mountain’s northern face are a wide, bumpy black run and a good red, with this area an off-piste playground in good snow out of peak season. Advanced skiers can warm up on the runs to Chamosserie for the often icy and always challenging black runs at Nyon and its endless off-piste opportunities. A two-hour ski run to Avoriaz via Morzine gets experts to the Wall and more unlimited off-piste trails. The lazy way to get to Avoriaz is by bus to Prodian, thus saving your energy for the Wall. For intermediates, the wide, open sweeping red runs down Mont Cheri’s north and east slopes are great fun, as is the bumpy run under the Yeti chair.

For beginners, the gentle slopes of the plateau accessed by the Chavannes lift and the nearby easy runs down to the village give confidence and experience as well as plenty of space. The ski schools here have a great reputation for small groups, innovative teaching methods, with a first-class children’s programme and more challenging adult instruction. Planning is essential as both of the ski schools here get booked up well in advance as they’re known for their high standards and reasonable prices compared to other resorts.

For snowboarders and freestyle, there’s loads of action both on and off-piste, with long, sweeping runs through the pines on the lower slopes and wide open trails at altitude. The snowpark at Les Gets is challenging, with platforms, jumps and rails. There’s not much here for cross-country aficionados, with only 18kms of trials, but slight compensation exists in the form of a dedicated and cheap cross-country lift pass.