Les Gets, France
More to offer than Skiing, a beautiful French Village
Les Gets France forms part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, interlinking 12 resorts across France and Switzerland giving you access to over 600kms of ski runs. It is considered to be one of the biggest ski areas in the world, meaning there is something for everyone from a complete beginner to seasoned skiers. Pretty and unspoilt, the village of Les Gets was my first stop on my ski safari and the gateway to vast and varied skiing through the Portes du Soleil ski area.
Les Gets itself is a traditional charming village, with cosy chalet-style restaurants and accommodation. It is a real working village that is inhabited all year around and not just for the winter season. There are two main things that stand out for me in regards to Les Gets, their warm hospitality in welcoming you to their village and attention to creating a fun and friendly environment for families to enjoy.
This resort offers an ideal ski area for mixed ability family ski holidays and the experienced skier who wants to enjoy some off piste skiing through the stunning forest setting. Children would love the new ski area The Grand Cry, with its American-Indian village theme or the new animal refuge where you can meet the various animals. Les Gets is very family focused and because of this, it is becoming very popular with families as a ski destination.
Teleski de La Turche:
There are still 80 privately owned ski lifts within Europe and Les Gets has one of them ‘Teleski de La Turche‘. This drag lift is an important part of the Les Gets village history. Built and run by the same family since 1946, the Teleski de La Turche recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.
The lift is a long drag through beautiful woods which open up into the main ski area. Be careful though because the start can be a little fast!
Ski Runs & Area:
Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the LesGets/Morzine area or the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on your experience, comfort and budget.
A quick overview of the Les Gets Ski Area:
- The runs are long and wide in most parts
- Plenty of on and off piste skiing, especially through the forest after a fresh dump of snow.
- Lots of places for kids to ski and there is also a children’s area called ‘The Grand Cry’ Territory.
- 120 Groomed slopes (pistes)
- 1 Snowpark
- 48 Ski Lifts
Meet the farm animals on the slopes:
I have to admit when Chrys from Les Gets tourism office suggested we visit the new Refuge Des Trappeurs (Animal Refuge) on the ski slopes, I thought she was referring to cut out animals placed on the slopes for children to see. I could not have been more wrong, as we skied through The Grand Cry territory, past the teepee and real miniature horse, I thought how cute.
We arrived at the wooden building and I notice all the little skis parked outside, I took my skis off and wandered over to see what the children were looking at. To my surprise, it was cute little animals eating hay and looking for attention.
I was informed that the refuge was a new addition to the Les Gets resort and takes in animals such as donkeys, goats and rabbits to be taken care of. There are lots of things that children can do here, from face painting to petting the animals. They also offer an indoor area for when it gets cold during those winter months. I absolutely love this place and I thought it was a great idea to entertain children.
There are numerous ways of getting to Les Gets Resort. Buses, trains, private transfer, shared transfer all vary in price depending on what you can afford.
As I was with the tourism board, I was picked up and I did not use one of the transfer companies. However, I have been to the area many times before and I had previously used the following companies, Skiidygonzales and alpybus which were fine.
Alternatively, you can check out the ‘Getting Here’ on the tourism website which has great information.
Les Gets has a wide variety of accommodation spread out in the village. Most of the main hotels are situated in the centre but don’t be discouraged to stay further out. A 15-20min walk would be the most to get you back to your accommodation and there is a regular bus service that covers the whole of Les Gets that is for FREE.
I stayed at the La Grande Laniere located just outside of the centre of the resort at the bottom of the famousT La Turche (Teleski) lift. It was a cosy hotel that has recently been refurbished and was run by a lovely team. I had a spacious corner room on the 2nd floor that not only looked over the La Turche from my bed but had views over Les Gets village from my side balcony.
One of the perks of the hotel was that it was a ski in and ski out hotel and if you didn’t want to catch the Teleski up the mountain, you could easily ski over to the Perrieres Express (where the main resort car park is located) that was only a couple of hundred meters away.
Nothing beats enjoying a hearty lunch or dinner when you are skiing, the main problem is deciding where you are going to eat. Here are a couple of recommendations you may like for lunch and dinner:
Where to eat on the Mountain
Located on the La Turche ski run just above the village with a terrace to take in the stunning views is the cosy chalet restaurant La Paika. The food here is more fine dining than a sausage and chips kind of place. It is fresh and anything grilled is cooked outside on the open fire. They also have a lovely selection of wine. Tip: Best to book though as it is popular and can get really busy.
Located in the Mont Caly area, this chalet style building is surrounded by a large terrace taking advantage of the views across Les Gets with Mont Blanc in the background. The family run restaurant serves all your traditional favourites like fondue, raclette and local cured meats. I heard that they do some of the best Tartiflette in the area and they weren’t kidding, it was amazing.
Additional Options: Grand Cry Bar -Restaurant
Where to eat for dinner
Fruitière des Perrières
If you love history and you love cheese this place is definitely not to be missed during your stay. Not only do they have some of the best cheese in Les Gets but it is locally made right next door to the restaurant. The restaurant looks like it is in a rustic style barn and I felt like I was going to have a home cooked meal. I was informed that the restaurant used to be the family cheese making factory and that due to European law coming in they were not able to make cheese in there any more, so they build a new factory right next door and turned the old one into a restaurant.
La Taniere Pizzeria -Bar-Restaurant
Now if you love pizza and cheese this place is for you. Located in the centre of town near the Chavannes gondola, La Taniere does some great traditional cheese meals and oven pizzas. This is the place to go when you are really hungry and looking for a good wholesome meal.
Additional Options: Hotel Regina
A Spa after a hard day of skiing:
Nothing beats a nice massage or a spa after a hard day of skiing/snowboarding, especially when it is cold outside. Les Gets tourism organised for me to visit the Spa Sereni Cimes anytime during my stay. So after my first full day skiing (yes, my muscles were a little tight) and with the snow pounding down outside, I decided to head there for an afternoon.
As soon as I entered the lady knew who I was and was welcoming, it was so cosy and warm inside that I immediately felt relaxed without even doing anything. The lady showed me around the facilities and told me about their additional services. They had a wide range of massages and treatments but I opted out and headed straight to the sauna facility to enjoy some alone time. I felt so relaxed that I fell asleep for a little while!
The Spa Sereni Cimes is located under the La Tapia Hotel de charme in the centre of Les Gets and opens every day at 4pm. Both the hotel guests (Hotel La Marmotte and La Tapia Hotel) and the general public are allowed to use the spa facilities, however, if you are not a hotel guest you have to pay a fee.
If you have the time, try out Sled Dogs as it looks like so much fun. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions I was not able to try it.
You can buy your lift pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office. You can also recharge it online too.
There is a little train that runs between Mont-Chery to Les Chavannes across the village, for FREE. I think it goes every 10-15 minutes.
If you are looking for somewhere to go out at night try the Igloo bar. I heard (from the locals) that it is not a trip to Les Gets until you visit the Igloo bar 🙂
There are 4 bus routes that run through the village every 15 minutes during the school holidays for FREE.
Visit the Mechanical-Music museum for its music boxes, phonographs, organs and the mechanical bells used for the 150th anniversary of the Savoie’s annexation to France.
This is my second time staying in Les Gets and was a great start to my ski safari across the Portes du Soleil area. I definitely have a soft spot for the place, even more now after I spent time with the locals and seeing what else it has to offer. Granted I was invited and I was shown around but this does not affect the fact that I would not hesitate going back again and recommend it to friends, especially those with families.
Let’s be honest, not everyone skis so sometimes it is hard to find a resort that suits the whole family. I love how Les Gets prides themselves in being a family focused resort that offers more than just skiing to keep everyone entertained. You don’t have to be a young family to enjoy the resort either, there is a lot to do for adult groups as well from apres ski to enjoying one of the many festivals held yearly like The Ski Color
The great thing about this area is that it offers one of the shortest transfers from Geneva, so you can catch a morning flight and be on the slopes by lunchtime.
For more information and rates, please visit the Les Gets website or you can email me directly.
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Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Les Gets tourism office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.