More to offer than Skiing, A beautiful French village Les Gets France

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.

Overlooking the ski slopes of Les Gets, France

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.

Photo provided by Les Gets Tourism (Les GETS Hiver)

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.

The entrance to The Grand Cry, Les Gets France

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.

Teleski de La Turche, drag lift Les Gets, France

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!

The view from the front of the hotel of Teleski de La Turche, drag lift Les Gets, France

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.

Overlooking the fields from Le Ranfoilly, Les Gets France

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

The view from Pointe De Chery of Les Gets, France

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.

Passing the teepee, Les Gets France

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.

Meeting FanFan the Donkey, Les Gets France

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.

The family slopes, Les Gets France

Location:

The closest international airport is Geneva and is only an hour away from Les Gets Resort. Making it one of the quickest and most accessible resorts to get to in Europe.


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.

Overlooking the village skiing down, Les Gets France

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.

Photo provided by Les Gets Tourism and taken by Val Ducrettet – Me skiing in Mont-Chery Les Gets France

Accommodation:

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.

The centre of town, Les Gets France

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.

The morning view from my hotel, Les Gets France

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.

Side view of La Grande Laniere, Les Gets France

Food Heaven:

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:

Overlooking the skiers from the chairlift, Les Gets France

Where to eat on the Mountain

La Paika

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.

Goats cheese and Bacon salad (yummy), Les Gets France

Les Chev

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. 

The waiting area of the Fruitière des Perrières restaurant, Les Gets France

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. 

The meats ready for the raclette, Les Gets France

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.

The front of the Spa Sereni Cimes, Les Gets France

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!

Inside the spa area Spa Sereni Cimes, Les Gets France

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.

Inside the indoor pool area Spa Sereni Cimes Les Gets France

Tips:

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.

Playing on the ski fields, Les Gets France

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 🙂

The Perrieres express chairlift, Les Gets France

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.

Les Gets own Hollywood sign, France

Recommend

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.

Photo provided by Les Gets Tourism – Les GETS 2013

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.

A selfie on the Les Gets slopes, France

For more information and rates, please visit the Les Gets website or you can email me directly.

Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

Overlooking Les Gets from Mont-Chery, France

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Les Gets tourism office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.

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80 Comments

  1. Great pics – especially the food! I would go for that alone, although I’d say fine dining like that was hardly the cheapest snack to have while skiing!
    It could be a while before I make it to Europe but I’ll make it a mission to find that little wooden building with the miniature horses!

  2. Your pictures left me day dreaming about ski holidays, Melissa. What a beautiful area, and looks really nice for families with kids too. I’m keeping notes of all those amazing ski resorts that you wrote about, will have difficulties picking our next ski destination!

  3. I’m not much of a skier but would definitely check out the spa and pet the cute farm animals. I hope those tents are warm enough for them in winter.

  4. The skiing looks amazing! The animal rescue, spa, and food options make this an amazing getaway option for more than just skiers! Love all of the additional activities.

  5. i love the french alps, and after reading your post even more. i am not a big fan of cold temperatures but you are offerin many alternatives here. and i can imagine the french food was amazing, no?

  6. Les Gets looks so charming! I love the mountain chalets in France…and the food from that part of the country too! Raclette and tartiflette… Mmmm. Now I wanna go!!

  7. Those animals are just so cute! I think every ski resort should have some. I never knew that there were some privately owned ski lifts still. Looks like a great place to ski and to visit in Summertime too

  8. Such a fabulous part of the world – it would be my first choice for skiing every time! It’s so beautiful- the food is fabulous- and the skiiing is amazing what else do you need!

  9. Living in a tropical country for 25 years now, touching and playing with the snow is truly my dream. Anyway, I like how you captured the village and the houses are really unique and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing about your travel experience, this has inspired me a lot.

  10. I love the idea of a mountaintop petting zoo. Of course, I just want petting zoos anywhere. I never would have guessed these photos are of a village in France, but the borders in Europe have moved so much over the years I guess there’s not much to it anymore. It’s a beautiful spot!

    1. I love Zoos as well, my favourite one is in Melbourne, Australia. These animals are a great addition and great idea for the children, how could you not fall in love with their adorable faces 🙂

  11. First of all I would like to say spectacular shots, they are so beautiful that I feel like packing my bags right now and leave for this place. And secondly, I have just started to learn how to ski. I had only two full day lessons so far, hopefully I visit this place once I learn skiing properly.

    1. Thank you very much, I appreciate it. This is a great place for you to learn how to ski and the ski passes are flexible enough that you can get a ski passes for the two area or for a couple of hours.

  12. That miniature horse is so adorable! The cheese sounds amazing too. I would love to visit an adorable little French village like this and go skiing. I’m not a great skier, but if they accommodate mixed abilities, it might be fine even for an intermediate like me.

  13. Wow your pictures are so brilliant and you’re making me want to pack my bag to go there! I love the snowy slopes and the gorgeous snow-capped peaks. I haven’t tried skiing but this looks like the perfect place to go to for that!

    1. Thank you in regards to the pictures. This would be a great place for you to learn and when you want a break, you can head to the spa or the many shops in town 🙂

    1. I went to Zakopane a couple of years ago to ski but unfortunately, the weather changed and were not able to ski. You should definitely visit this place, it is beautiful and the food is amazing.

  14. What a charming ski village! I am not a skier but would love to go there for the view! It has quite a few decent dining options. Spa Sereni Cimes looks like the perfect place to pamper yourself too!!

  15. Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely beautiful!! I want to play in that teepee. I don’t ski and don’t like snow but I’d totally go here to get some of those shots! Thanks for sharing

  16. We go to Les Gets winter and summer, – it is a lovely resort, – you can see and feel, they have tried to keep it a special place in the world!!

  17. What?! Everything about this looks just amazing. I’d go for the fun and get to see the stunning views. I love that they have children friendly activities too because that’s now a new thing on our list when we plan for trips too. Just amazing spot you found. Such a charming little town too.

  18. Snow capped views and great food sounds like reason enough for me to visit Les Gets. I was in a ski town in India last week and I felt the same – there was so much more to it than just “Ski”. Like I would be totally okay even if I skipped skiing and still have a great time.

  19. Les Gets is such a charming ski resort. The facilities are wonderful and the view is just so breathtaking. The animals are also really adorable. I can’t get over the jaw dropping view of the snow capped landscapes though!

  20. I have to admit that i’m terrified of skiing! But this looks like such an amazing place I might be willing to give it a try – at least for the apres-ski of raclette & petting the cute animals! 🙂

    1. This would be a great place to learn how to ski, the runs are very wide and you don’t have to be scared about going over the edge. There is also lots of things to do when you are not skiing too.

  21. My trained eyes for reading English read, Let’s get France, but I just worked out is Les Gets, France! I’d love to take my daughter here, she may be a little bit too young still though, she’s only 3. I guess I could put some skiis on her and see what she did! If not she could play in the snow. She’s love seeing those animals in the refuge, that’s a good idea for anyone coming with children.

    1. Age 3 is a great age for a child to learn how to ski. Also if you did want to ski there are lifts and gondolas that go up the mountain that you can get on without skiing. It is a very child-friendly place.

  22. Great post, Mel. The ‘family friendly’ nature of Les Gets is what, ultimately, led us to move here to live. Our kids are 8 and 5 and LOVE living here! Even when we don’t feel like skiing or snowboarding, there’s hiking, den building in the woodland, sledging, snowshoeing, ice skating… I could go on! Summers are amazing here- it really surprised us what a year-round resort this can be. When you come back, give us a shout and we can go mountain biking together and perhaps even to the Igloo, but it’s actually Les Gets’ nightclub- open from 11pm to 5am! Pack your dancing shoes Mel! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Nina, too bad that I never got to see you when I was there last month. It would have been so nice to finally have met. I can definitely see why you have moved there. LOL, I knew what the Igloo bar was 🙂

  23. I love this as I cannot ski worth a darn. It is nice to see all the additional options for those who don’t enjoy the sport. I would love to see the animals on the slopes! How neat. The charcuterie plate that you ordered looks amazing. They are my new favourite thing on a restaurant menu.

  24. The photos you took are beautiful – I wouldn’t mind traveling to Les Gets with a view like that! Being a Canadian, I absolutely love skiing, though I’ve never actually done so in Europe. I also really like the family focus – I think it’s so important when there are non-skiers in the family!

    1. I have always wanted to go to Canada it is high up on my ever growing list. I agree with you I like the family focus side too. Thank you in regards to my pictures too.

  25. Beautiful post. I have been a ski instructor for 20 years and never made it to France. I would love to go to Les Gets. The American Indian theme is particularly funny to me since most of my time skiing was actually in the American West. Les Gets is officially on my radar. Thanks for the share.

    1. You were a ski instructor, how cool is that. I have only skied in America once but I would love to go back and do it again. Les Gets is a beautiful place and there is so much to do there.

  26. How cute is FanFan?! Just adorable!! I know it’s not yours, but I have to say that the photo of the village doesn’t even look real! It’s like a scene from a Christmas storybook or something.
    If I were to ever stay here I’d definitely end up spending most of my time at the spa! Perhaps 20-80 skiing/spa haha.

  27. It looks like a little chocolate box village! I used to live in Courcheval so totally understand French Apline life – and I love it. I wish I had got to visit Les Get whilst I was over there, the mountains look really beautiful and the Port Du Soleil is such a great ski area!

  28. OMG! The maximum snow that I’ve enjoyed is in Germany and England and that wasn’t much! I’ve never seen such a thick carpet of snow. Esp to see that houses with the terrace with so much snow is so breath taking! Its so nice of the resort to take care of those animals!!! I hope I’d get to ski sometime in future!

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